UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Thursday, Dec. 4

jueves 4 de diciembre de 2014 03:35 GYT

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LONDON Dec 4 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening up 11 to 13 points, or 0.2 percent higher, on Thursday, according to financial bookmakers. For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on

* The blue-chip FTSE 100 index closed down 0.4 percent at 6,716.63 points.

* GLAXOSMITHKLINE - The British pharmaceutical company said late on Wednesday it would shed "several hundred" U.S. commercial jobs and a similar number of research positions as it restructures operations in its biggest market, where drug sales are flagging.

* TUI TRAVEL - British travel group TUI Travel, reporting its last set of annual results before it merges with Germany's TUI AG, said profit rose 11 percent, beating forecasts, and the coming tie-up would accelerate long-term growth.