UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Friday October 4
LONDON Oct 4 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening down 18-22 points, or 0.3 percent on Friday, according to financial bookmakers, as the U.S. budget impasse drags on. For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on
* The UK blue chip index closed up 11.54 points, or 0.2 percent, at 6,449.04 points on Thursday.
* President Barack Obama met Republican and Democrat leaders in Congress but reiterated in a speech that he would not give in to Republican demands to roll back his healthcare programme in exchange for reopening the government.
* The U.S. government shutdown has led to a delay in the closely-watched non-farm payrolls data, which is normally due for release on Friday. No major domestic economic data is due on Friday.
* BARCLAYS : The British bank is expected to sell at least 300 million pounds ($487 million) of its shares in the market on Friday, as it finds a home for shares not taken by existing investors in a 6 billion pound fundraising.
* UK CORPORATE DIARY:
TATE & LYLE issues a trading update.
JOHN WOOD GROUP issues a trading update.
TODAY'S UK PAPERS
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