UPDATE 1-UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Thursday July 31

jueves 31 de julio de 2014 02:33 GYT

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EDINBURGH, July 31 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen edging higher on Thursday, with futures on the index up 0.2 percent at 0630 GMT ahead of the cash market open. For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on

* The FTSE 100 index ended 0.5 percent weaker at 6,773.44 points, hit by a weaker mining sector led down by Chilean firm Antofagasta.

* ASTRAZENECA - AstraZeneca smashed forecasts for second-quarter sales and earnings on Thursday, demonstrating resilience after seeing off a $118 billion takeover approach from rival drugmaker Pfizer two months ago.

* LLOYDS - Lloyds Banking Group reported a 32 percent increase in underlying first-half profit, helping it absorb an increase in the cost of compensating customers mis-sold loan insurance.