UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Thursday November 19
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LONDON Nov 19 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening up 28 points, or 0.5 percent higher on Thursday, according to financial bookmakers, with futures 0.6 percent higher ahead of the cash market open. For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on
* The blue chip FTSE 100 index closed up 10.21 points, or 0.2 percent, to 6,278.97 points on Wednesday, buoyed in late trade by a rise on Wall Street and a rise in the oil sector, even as tourism-related stocks were under pressure.
* BHP BILLITON - Mining giant BHP Billiton said on Thursday its priority was to maintain a healthy balance sheet, but made no direct comment on future dividends amid speculation that tumbling commodity prices will force it to cut its payout.
BHP Billiton CEO Andrew Mackenzie said the company is committed to getting Samarco, its iron ore joint venture in Brazil, back on its feet following a dam disaster nearly two weeks ago and has no plan to walk away from its holding.
* BARCLAYS - Barclays Plc will pay an additional $150 million to New York State's financial regulator to resolve allegations that it rigged foreign exchange trading by putting the bank's interests ahead of those of its clients, the regulator said on Wednesday. Continuación...