June 9, 2016 / 5:46 AM / 2 years ago

UK Stocks-Factors to watch on June 9

June 9 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening down 20
points, or 0.3 percent, on Thursday, according to financial bookmakers. For more
on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on 
    * The UK blue chip index closed up 16.99 points, or 0.3 percent, at 6,285.21
points on Wednesday, with a recovery in commodities prices underpinning basic
resources and energy stocks. 
    * VODAFONE: Britain's Vodafone Group Plc on Thursday announced an
effective takeover of leading New Zealand pay TV provider Sky Network Ltd
 in a NZ$3.4 billion ($2.42 billion) merger combining digital platforms
with entertainment content. 
    * GLENCORE: Glencore has agreed to sell a 9.99 percent stake in its
agricultural business to British Columbia Investment Management Corp for $624.9
million, as it continues a push to sell up to $5 billion worth of assets this
year to help cut debt. 
    * HSBC/BRAZIL: Brazil's antitrust watchdog on Wednesday approved Banco
Bradesco SA's purchase of HSBC Holdings Plc's local unit with some
conditions, marking the latest departure of a foreign lender from one of the
world's most concentrated banking markets. 
    * VODAFONE/GHANA: Britain's Vodafone said on Wednesday that plans to
return its Ghana operations to profit-making were hampered by the West African
country's failure to fulfill its financial obligations as minority shareholder.
    * PEARSON: Pearson Plc is looking at several possible acquisitions
in Brazil amid a wave of merger talks, an executive told Reuters, as the British
education company aims to take advantage of a favorable exchange rate in a
market where it is fast expanding. 
    * AMAZON/UK: Amazon launched a British version of its AmazonFresh
food delivery service on Thursday in a long-anticipated move by the world's
largest online retailer to break into the UK grocery market. 
    * ECB/BREXIT: The European Central Bank is prepared to help steady financial
markets should Britons vote this month to leave the European Union, ECB
Executive Council member Benoit Coeure said in a France 24 interview.
    * BRITAIN HOUSE PRICES: British house prices are set for their first fall in
nearly four years over the next few months as the European Union referendum and
a new tax on landlords turn buyers away, property valuers said on Thursday.
    * EX-DIVS: Johnson Matthey,Vodafone Group, WPP Plc  
 will trade without entitlement to their latest dividend pay-out on
Thursday, trimming 9.78 points off the FTSE 100, according to Reuters
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 (Reporting by Rahul B in Bengaluru)
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