UPDATE 1-UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Thursday Dec. 10
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Dec 10 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening down 20 to 31 points, or 0.5 percent lower on Thursday, according to financial bookmakers, with futures down 0.6 percent ahead of the cash market open. For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on
* The UK blue chip index closed 0.1 percent weaker at 6,126.68 points on Wednesday, as a rally in commodity stocks helped it recover from the three-week lows it hit earlier on in the day.
* GLENCORE: Mining and trading company Glencore on Thursday increased its net debt reduction target and deepened its capital spending cuts as it fights for survival in the face of low commodity prices.
* ROLLS-ROYCE: British income-focused investor Neil Woodford said on Wednesday he had sold his stake in Rolls-Royce, citing problems in the firm's military aerospace, marine and civil aerospace businesses.
* SHELL: Energy giant Royal Dutch Shell said on Thursday it was reviewing its business interests in New Zealand as the company seeks to streamline its global portfolio amid a slump in energy prices.
* Royal Dutch Shell has also shut its ethylene cracker complex at its Pulau Bukom manufacturing site in Singapore for maintenance to repair external corrosion in some areas, a spokeswoman said on Thursday.
* ROYAL BANK OF SCOTLAND: Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc is paying 23.8 million euros to German prosecutors to settle an investigation into tax evasion by part of Coutts, the Guardian reported. (bit.ly/1R9VriA) Continuación...