UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Nov. 20

jueves 20 de noviembre de 2014 03:32 GYT

LONDON Nov 20 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening 7 to 9 points lower, or as much as 0.1 percent down, on Thursday, according to financial bookmakers. For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on

* The UK blue chip index closed 0.2 percent lower at 6,696.60 points in the previous session.

* Growth in China's immense factory sector stalled in November, with output contracting for the first time in six months, a private survey showed, adding to signs that the world's second-largest economy may still be losing traction.

* ROYAL BANK OF SCOTLAND GROUP - The bank was fined 56 million pounds ($88 million) by Britain's financial regulators for a system crash in 2012 that left millions of customers unable to make or receive payments.

* CENTRICA - Britain's largest energy supplier said it expects full-year adjusted earnings per share to be lower than expected at 19-20 pence after mild weather hit energy demand and nuclear plants which it partly owns have been offline.

* BABCOCK INTERNATIONAL GROUP - British engineering and support services firm Babcock reaffirmed its full-year profit outlook and raised its dividend after it posted a 32 percent rise in underlying first half pretax profit on Thursday.

* JOHNSON MATTHEY - Catalysts maker Johnson Matthey posted on Thursday a small increase in half-year profits thanks to strong autocatalysts sales and lifted its profit forecast for the year.

* EX-DIVIDENDS - FTSE 100 companies going ex-dividend on Thursday include Carnival, National Grid, Sainsbury(J) and Vodafone Group . The effect of the resulting adjustment to prices by market-makers would take between 8.20 and 8.80 points off the index.

* BHP BILLITON - The global miner is confident of at least maintaining its dividend even at current weak commodity prices, shrugging off an iron ore price slide triggered by increased output by BHP and other mega producers.   Continuación...