UK Stocks-Factors to watch on August 13

miércoles 13 de agosto de 2014 02:43 GYT
 

LONDON Aug 13 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening higher on Wednesday, with futures for the index up 0.3 percent by 0639 GMT. For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on

* Stocks trading without the attraction of their latest dividend, including AstraZeneca, Royal Dutch Shell , and Rio Tinto are set to knock up to 21.26 points off the UK benchmark on Wednesday.

* The FTSE 100 closed down 0.40 of a point - flat in percentage terms - at 6,632.42 points on Tuesday, after gaining 1 percent on Monday.

* Bank of England Governor Mark Carney is likely to give little away on Wednesday when he will be pressed on how soon the central bank will start to raise interest rates.

Economists and markets are split on whether more than a year of robust economic growth might prompt the BoE to move as soon as November, or if persistently weak wage growth and a darkening international outlook could make it wait until early next year.

The BoE's new forecasts, to be published at 0930 GMT when Carney begins a news conference, are unlikely to vary much from its predictions in May. These forecast 3.4 percent gross domestic product (GDP) growth this year and 2.9 percent in 2015, and inflation to hover just below the BoE's 2 percent target for the foreseeable future.   Continuación...