UK Stocks-Factors to watch on April 1

miércoles 1 de abril de 2015 02:29 GYT

(Adds futures, company news)

LONDON, April 1 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening lower on Wednesday, with June futures on the index down 0.5 percent at 0629 GMT. For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on

* The UK blue chip index closed down or 1.7 percent at 6,773.04 on Tuesday, ending the first quarter of the year with a 3.2 percent gain.

* Surveys of China's factory and services sectors showed stubborn weakness in the world's second-biggest economy in March, adding to bets that Beijing will have to roll out more policy support to avert a sharper slowdown.

* London copper prices steadied after Chinese factory activity performed a fraction better than expected, while nickel plumbed new six-year lows as China nickel pig iron producers sold stocks to raise cash.

* Oil futures edged lower amid speculation that a last-minute deal over Iran's nuclear programme would be reached that could allow more Iranian crude into world markets.

* ASOS - The online fashion retailer said it was confident its full-year profit and margin would be in line with expectations as it posted a smaller-than-forecast decline in first-half profit.

* SHAWBROOK - The bank has priced its initial public offering at 290 pence a share, giving it a market capitalisation of 725 million pounds ($1 billion) upon admission to the London Stock Exchange, it said on Wednesday.   Continuación...