UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Wednesday March 18
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LONDON, March 18 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening up 7 points, or 0.1 percent higher on Wednesday, according to financial bookmakers, with futures up 0.1 percent ahead of the market open. For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on
* The blue-chip FTSE 100 index, which had its worst weekly loss in 2015 last week, rose 0.5 percent on Tuesday, up 33.53 points at 6,837.61 points by the close. It was 2 percent below a record high of 6,974.26 points reached on March 2.
* British finance minister George Osborne will try to make voters feel that the economy's recovery is finally working for them when he delivers an annual budget on Wednesday, seven weeks before a national election that remains too close to call.
* BANKS - The British units of foreign banks could be required by UK regulators to submit to annual health exams for the first time, banking and industry sources said, potentially bringing Britain's policies into line with those of the U.S. Federal Reserve.