UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Sept 18

jueves 18 de septiembre de 2014 02:41 GYT

LONDON, Sept 18 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 futures contract edged up 0.1 percent on Thursday, with European shares expected to be buoyed by the U.S. Federal Reserve's pledge to keep ultra-low interest rates for a "considerable time". For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on

* The UK blue chip index closed down by 0.2 percent, or 11.34 points, at 6,780.90 points on Wednesday.

* SCOTLAND INDEPENDENCE VOTE: Just hours before Scotland's independence referendum, the fate of the United Kingdom rests on hundreds of thousands of wavering Scottish voters, as opinion polls showed supporters of the 307-year union just a whisker ahead of secessionists.

* U.S. FEDERAL RESERVE: The Federal Reserve on Wednesday renewed its pledge to keep interest rates near zero for a "considerable time," but also indicated it could raise borrowing costs faster than expected when it starts moving.

* GLAXOSMITHKLINE : Britain's healthcare cost agency NICE has recommended a third new drug for melanoma, this time from GlaxoSmithKline , after the drugmaker offered to supply it at a discount to the state-run National Health Service.

* EASYJET : Budget airline easyJet said it would lift its payout ratio to 40 percent next year and had reached agreement with Airbus to add 27 planes to its fleet, in a sign of its continuing confidence.

* FRENCH CONNECTION : Clothing company French Connection reported a narrower loss.   Continuación...