UPDATE 1-UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Feb. 4

miércoles 4 de febrero de 2015 03:42 GYT

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By Atul Prakash

LONDON Feb 4 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening 19 to 21 points higher, or as much as 0.3 percent, on Wednesday, according to financial bookmakers. For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on

* The UK blue chip index closed 1.3 percent higher in the previous session at 6,871.80 points, near its highest level since September 2014.

* China's services sector grew at the slowest pace in six months in January as growth in new business weakened, a private survey showed, raising expectations that policymakers may unveil more stimulus steps to avert a sharper slowdown in the world's second-largest economy.

* BSKYB - Strong demand for pay TV in Britain and a record jump in customer numbers in Germany helped Sky to post a 16 percent rise in first-half adjusted operating profit in its maiden results as a European pay-TV group on Wednesday.

* HARGREAVES LANSDOWN - The company's assets under administration rose 4.7 percent to a record 49.1 billion pounds in the six months to end of December, it said on Wednesday.

* ROYAL DUTCH SHELL - Negotiations made no progress on Tuesday as Royal Dutch Shell and union leaders haggled over a new wage contract for U.S. refinery workers who have been on strike for three days, the union said.

* BHP BILLITON - Pan Pacific Copper (PPC), Japan's biggest smelter, said it would not be taking term deliveries of copper concentrate from BHP Billiton in 2015 after the two failed to agree on processing fees.   Continuación...