UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Dec 19

viernes 19 de diciembre de 2014 03:33 GYT

LONDON, Dec 19 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening
44 to 64 points higher, or up 1 percent, on Friday, according to financial
bookmakers. For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on
    * The UK blue chip index closed up 2 percent at 6,466.00 points - its
second-best performance in a single day since July 2013 and coming close to a
2.4 percent surge on Dec. 16 this week.
    * Copper futures edged higher on Friday on the possibility of a supply
disruption in Africa and higher oil prices. 
    * British consumer morale edged down in December to reach its weakest level
since March as optimism about the economy hit a 17-month low, a survey by
polling company GfK showed on Friday. 
    * British house price growth is expected to slow next year as tighter
mortgage rules and affordability constraints continue to bite in much of the
country, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) said on Friday.
    * BARCLAYS - The judge overseeing New York state's lawsuit accusing
Barclays of fraud in its alternative trading system on Thursday raised questions
about the case, putting the attorney general's counsel on the defensive.
    * UNILEVER - Unilever's U.S. division said it has withdrawn its
lawsuit against food startup Hampton Creek over false advertising and unfair
competition related to its Just Mayo product. 
    * BP - BP faces a first and heavy loss from its stake in Russia's
Rosneft due to plummeting oil prices and a crumbling rouble, potentially forcing
it to write down the value of its once-prized asset.
    * KELLER GROUP - Keller Group said on Friday it expects that full
year results would be in line with current market expectations. 
    * CENTRICA - The British utility group said on Friday two of its
gas-fired power plants had been successful in Britain's first capacity market
    * BRITISH AMERICAN TOBACCO - The world's No. 2 tobacco company by
sales, said it agreed to pay $575 million to settle litigation with the
Flintkote Company related to disputed dividends and asbestos claims.
    * SERCO Serco said on Friday the City of London police had found no
evidence that staff working on a British prisoner escorting contract for the
outsourcing firm had misleadingly recorded prisoners as ready for court when
they were not. 
    * VODAFONE - A five-billion pounds project to guarantee mobile phone
voice and text coverage to 90 percent of the UK geographical area by 2017 will
go ahead, Sky News reported. The deal means the four mobile networks - EE, O2,
Three and Vodafone - have all agreed to tackle poor coverage in so-called
partial "not spots".(
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 (Reporting by Francesco Canepa; editing by Blaise Robinson)