UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Thursday Dec 11
LONDON Dec 11 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening down 19 to 22 points, or 0.3 percent lower on Thursday, according to financial bookmakers. For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on
* Britain's main equity index fell on Wednesday for a third consecutive day as a further drop in the price of oil hit energy stocks. The blue-chip FTSE 100 index closed down by 0.5 percent, or 29.43 points, at 6,500.04 points - its lowest closing level since early November.
* BARCLAYS - The New York banking regulator is investigating if Deutsche Bank and Barclays Plc used algorithms on their trading platforms to manipulate foreign exchange rates, a source with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters.
* WHITBREAD - Whitbread, the owner of Premier Inn hotels and Costa Coffee, said it was on track to meet full-year expectations after it posted a 6 percent rise in third-quarter underlying sales.