UPDATE 1-UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Thursday Oct 29
(Adds futures, company news)
LONDON Oct 29 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening down 7 points, or 0.1 percent lower on Thursday, according to financial bookmakers, with futures down 0.2 percent ahead of the cash market open. For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on
* The blue-chip FTSE 100 index climbed 1.1 percent to 6,437.80 points, close to its highest level in two months on Wednesday, lifted by gains in gold mining companies' stocks, BT and GlaxoSmithKline, which rose after posting better-than-expected earnings.
* ROYAL DUTCH SHELL - Royal Dutch Shell on Thursday reported a sharp drop in third-quarter profits on the back of low oil prices and a hefty $8.2 billion charge which included write-offs in Alaska and Canada.
* BARCLAYS - British bank Barclays Plc took a 560 million pound ($855 million) hit to compensate customers mis-sold foreign exchange products and to cover a U.S. mortgages settlement, as it reported a 10 percent drop in quarterly profits.