UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Oct 8
LONDON Oct 8 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 December futures contract was down by 0.5 percent on Wednesday, with concerns about a global economic slowdown set to weigh on stock markets. For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on
* The UK blue chip index ended 1 percent lower at 6,495.58 points on Tuesday.
* BARCLAYS : Barclays PLC on Tuesday urged a New York court to toss the state attorney general's fraud case over how the bank ran its private U.S. trading venue, saying the case oversteps state securities laws and offers no proof any investors were hurt.
* VODAFONE /SWISSCOM : Telecom operator Swisscom is considering a possible sale of its Italian broadband firm Fastweb, which is worth up to 5 billion euros ($6.3 billion) and has been a target for Vodafone, sources familiar with the situation said.
* ANGLO AMERICAN : Global miner Anglo American is planning to initiate the sale of its three smallest copper mines in Chile and a smelter worth $1 billion by end of the year, Bloomberg reported, citing sources familiar with the matter. Continuación...