UK Stocks - Factors to watch on Thursday Oct 22
(Updates with company news)
LONDON Oct 22 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening 23 to 27 points lower, or 0.36 to 0.42 percent on Thursday, according to financial bookmakers. For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on
* The UK blue chip index closed 0.1 percent higher at 6,348.42 points on Wednesday.
* ROYAL DUTCH SHELL - Australia's competition watchdog said it has postponed a final decision on Royal Dutch Shell's $70 billion takeover of BG Group BG.L by a week to November 19, following an earlier deferral in September.
* BP - ICBC Financial Leasing Co, China's biggest leasing company by assets, said on Thursday it has signed an $869 million agreement with BP Shipping to lease 18 oil vessels, the first business deal between the two companies.