UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Thursday July 24

jueves 24 de julio de 2014 02:33 GYT

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EDINBURGH, July 24 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening steady on Thursday, with futures on the index flat ahead of the cash market open. For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on

* The FTSE 100 index closed up 2.81 points on Wednesday, flat in percentage terms, at 6,798.15 points, as a profit warning by heavyweight drugs firm GlaxoSmithKline offset gains in outsourcing group Capita and miner BHP Billiton.

* BHP BILLITON PLC, ANGLO AMERICAN PLC - The miners are looking to sell their jointly owned manganese assets portfolio in South Africa and Australia, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter.

* STANDARD CHARTERED PLC - The bank dismissed media rumours that its chairman was working on a succession plan amid shareholder pressure.