UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Thursday June 25
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LONDON, June 25 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening down 11 to 12 points, or 0.2 percent lower on Thursday, according to financial bookmakers, with futures slipping 0.3 percent ahead of the cash market open. For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on
* The UK blue chip index closed up 9.93 points, or 0.2 percent, at 6,844.80 points, outperforming European shares due to strength in the mining and energy sectors.
* TESCO - Private equity firms Affinity Equity Partners, Carlyle Group CG.O and CVC Capital Partners were among 7 to 8 preliminary bidders for Tesco's South Korean unit, a Korean newspaper reported on Thursday.
* ROYAL DUTCH SHELL - Royal Dutch Shell RDSa.L has recently held talks in Iran to discuss business cooperation with the oil and gas-rich country should international sanctions on Tehran be lifted.