UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Monday March 23
(Adds futures, company news)
LONDON, March 23 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening up 17 to 21 points, or 0.3 percent higher on Monday, according to financial bookmakers, with futures up 0.2 percent at 0726 GMT. For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on
* The blue-chip FTSE 100 closed up 60.19 points, or 0.9 percent, at 7,022.51 points on Friday, led by cement company CRH, which surged on expectations of lucrative asset purchases, to vault above 7,000 points for the first time in its history.
* BG GROUP - Britain's BG Group and Australia's Woodside Petroleum Ltd will invest up to $1.08 billion to explore for oil and gas in four blocks off the coast of Myanmar's western Rakhine state, a senior Energy Ministry official said on Sunday.
* SVG CAPITAL - The British private equity firm saw returns of 10 percent on its investment portfolio in the 13 months to end of January 2015.