EDINBURGH, Nov 13 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening up 2 to 5 points, or as much as 0.1 percent higher on Thursday, according to financial bookmakers. For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on
* The UK blue chip index down 0.3 percent at 6,611.04 points, hit by disappointing earnings reports and fines on banks for to settle allegations of foreign exchange malpractice.
* B SKY B - British Sky Broadcasting, Rupert Murdoch's pioneering pay-TV company that transformed the country's entertainment market, is to drop the British from its name to reflect its expansion into Europe.
* SERCO - Private equity firm Carlyle Group LP is one of the firms interested in buying a set of businesses being put up for sale by Serco Group Plc, a British outsourcing firm, Sky News reported.
* EX-DIVS - Royal Dutch Shell , Marks & Spencer and B Sky B all trade without entitlement to their latest dividend payout on Thursday, knocking 8 points off of the FTSE 100.
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