LONDON, April 28 (Reuters) - Britain’s FTSE 100 index is seen opening up 7 to 10 points, or 0.1 percent, higher on Monday, according to financial bookmakers. For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on
* The UK blue chip index slipped on Friday from its seven-week closing high the day before, ending down 17.31 points, or 0.3 percent, at 6,685.69 points, knocked back by concerns surrounding the situation in Ukraine.
* The United States and Europe are preparing new sanctions against Russia as tensions escalated in eastern Ukraine. Pro-Russian rebels paraded European monitors they are holding on Sunday, freeing one but saying they had no plans to release another seven.
* It is a quiet day in terms of scheduled corporate news, with no UK blue chips set to report results.
* RECKITT BENCKISER : Merck & Co Inc is in the final stages of selling its consumer healthcare unit for close to $14 billion, with Reckitt Benckiser Group Plc and Bayer AG among final contenders to clinch a deal as soon as next week, people familiar with the matter said.
* ASTRAZENECA : U.S. pharmaceutical giant Pfizer Inc could make a public declaration of its interest in Britain’s second-biggest drugmaker, AstraZeneca Plc, as early as this week, the Financial Times said, citing sources.
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