UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Dec 21

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UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Dec 21

Dec 21 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index .FTSE is seen opening lower 31 to 39 points, or 0.6 percent, on Monday, according to financial bookmakers.

* The UK blue chip index fell 0.8 percent to close at 6,052.42 on Friday, as investors showed renewed caution in the wake of the euphoria that followed the U.S. Fed's interest rate hike.

* BHP BILLITON: Brazil's Vale SA VALE5.SA said on Sunday it will appeal a court decision to freeze some of it and BHP Billiton's BHP.AX BLT.L Brazilian assets, saying the ruling, which declared the two mining companies responsible for a dam burst last month, was "inappropriate."

* HSBC: HSBC Holdings Plc HSBA.L has appointed Rothschild for restructuring of private banking arm, the Financial Times reported on Sunday, citing people familiar with the process. (

* ROLLS-ROYCE: Rolls-Royce RR.L Chief Executive Warren East said he feels "disquiet" about trading conditions in the unit that supplies power systems for the mining and offshore oil industries, the Financial Times reported on Sunday. (

* ASTRAZENECA: Moody's on Friday downgraded AstraZeneca to A3 following its planned acquisitions of Acerta Pharma, ZS Pharma and Takeda Pharmaceutical respiratory assets.

* SABMILLER: China Resources Beer 0291.HK has chosen banks to advise on options for its Chinese brewery joint venture with SABMiller Plc SAB.L , Bloomberg reported on Monday, citing people with knowledge of the matter. SABMiller is being bought over by Anheuser-Busch InBev ABI.BR for about 72 billion pounds ($107.4 billion). (

* BRENT CRUDE: Brent crude oil prices fell to levels last seen in 2004 on Monday, dropping below the lows hit during the 2008 financial crisis on renewed worries over a global oil glut. Brent futures LCOc1 were trading down 1.36 percent at $36.38 per barrel at 0558 GMT.

* BANK OF ENGLAND: One of the Bank of England's policymakers who is considered most likely to call for higher interest rates believes the need for tighter monetary policy is "slightly less immediate" because of slow pay growth and falling oil prices, the Daily Telegraph reported on Sunday.


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