UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Dec 8

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UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Dec 8
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Dec 8 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 .FTSE index is seen opening between 16 and 25 points higher, or up as much as 0.4 percent on Thursday, according to financial bookmakers.

* The UK blue chip index was up 1.8 percent to 6,902.23 at its close on Wednesday, as investors snapped up bank and mining stocks and rotated out of more "defensive" parts of the market. GLENCORE: Russia said on Wednesday it sold a stake in oil giant Rosneft ROSN.MM for 10.5 billion euros ($11.3 billion) to Qatar and commodities trader Glencore GLEN.L , confounding expectations that the Kremlin's standoff with the West would scare off major investors. BHP: Workers at BHP Billiton-owned Escondida BLT.L , BHP.AX , the world's largest copper mine, expect to present the company with their proposal for a new collective contract and begin wage talks later this month, a union leader for the Chilean mine said on Wednesday. BREXIT: British lawmakers backed Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit timetable on Wednesday after she headed off a rebellion in her Conservative Party over a lack of insight into the government's strategy to leave the European Union. BREXIT: While the British government tries to prevent parliament from having to pass a law to trigger the country's exit from the European Union, Reuters research indicates the lower house would in fact support it, based on lawmakers' recent statements. UK STEEL: Tata Steel UK TISC.NS offered British unions a deal guaranteeing jobs and investment on Wednesday in return for pension cuts, moving the company closer to merging its European assets with Germany's Thyssenkrupp TKAG.DE . UK ADVERTISING: Britain's advertising regulator announced new rules on Thursday banning advertising of food or drinks high in sugar, fat or salt in children's non-broadcast media, bringing standards in line with what is already required for television. UK HOUSE PRICES: British house prices hit a seven-month in November and companies hired more workers, surveys showed on Thursday, suggesting the economy remained resilient five months after Britain's vote to leave the European Union. TOBACCO FIRMS/IMPERIAL BRANDS: The U.S. surgeon general on Thursday called for action to reduce the use of e-cigarettes among young people, noting they have overtaken cigarettes to become the most commonly used tobacco products among this group. Reynolds American Inc (NYSE: RAI ) RAI.N , Altria Group (NYSE: MO ) Inc MO.N and Fontem Ventures, a subsidiary of Imperial Brands Plc IMB.L , are among the leading manufacturers of the devices. OIL: Oil prices edged up in thin trading on Thursday after steep falls in the previous session, supported by a weaker dollar, positive economic data and a drawdown in U.S. crude stocks. METALS: London copper futures edged up on Thursday after losses the session before, buoyed as the U.S. dollar lost ground. EX-DIVS: Babcock International BAB.L , 3i Group III.L , Next NXT.L and Royal Mail RMG.L will trade without entitlement to their latest dividend pay-out on Thursday, trimming 1.01 points off the FTSE 100 according to Reuters calculations For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on: cpurl://apps.cp./cms/?pageId=livemarkets



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