April 29, 2016 / 5:36 AM / 2 years ago

UK Stocks-Factors to watch on April 29

April 29 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening down
around 45 points, or 0.7 percent lower on Friday, according to financial
bookmakers. For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on
    * The UK blue chip index was flat in percentage terms at 6,322.40 points at
its close on Thursday as the top share index steadied after a rally in miner
Anglo American, although a drop in financial stocks kept the market
under pressure. 
    * RECKITT BENCKISER: An Australian court on Friday ordered British consumer
goods giant Reckitt Benckiser to pay a penalty of A$1.7 million ($1.30
million) for misleading consumers on painkiller marketing, prompting the
regulator that flagged the case to say it would step up a campaign for heftier
fines in future. 
    * RBS: Part-nationalised Royal Bank of Scotland risks missing an
end-2017 deadline to sell its Williams & Glyn brand, it said on Thursday,
raising doubts about how soon it will be ready to pay dividends and return to
private ownership. 
    * CONSUMER CONFIDENCE: Uncertainty about the outcome of Britain's European
Union referendum gnawed at consumers and businesses in April, two surveys showed
on Friday. 
    * BREXIT: The European Union would insist on completing a swift divorce with
Britain before starting to forge any new relationship if UK voters decide in
June to leave the 28-member bloc. 
    * OIL: Crude oil prices fell in early trading on Friday as a looming rise in
Middle East output may drag on the stronger markets seen in April, although
falling U.S. production and a weakening dollar are still offering support. 

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 (Reporting by Aastha Agnihotri in Bengaluru; Editing by Sunil Nair)
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