UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Friday October 25

LONDON Fri Oct 25, 2013 2:00am EDT

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LONDON Oct 25 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening broadly flat on Friday, according to financial bookmakers. For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on

* The UK blue chip index closed up 38.70 points, or 0.6 percent, at 6,713.18 points on Thursday, its first close above 6,700 since May.

* In terms of domestic economic data, UK preliminary third-quarter GDP is set for release at 0830 GMT.

* Bank of England Governor Mark Carney announced on Thursday that the British central bank would expand the liquidity facilities it offers to banks and consider allowing non-banks access.

* BARCLAYS : The bank breached a derivative agreement with a Black Diamond Capital Management unit and must return an estimated $297 million in collateral to the hedge fund, a divided New York state appeals court ruled on Thursday.

* ROYAL BANK OF SCOTLAND : The bank is expected to name Morgan Stanley as the lead underwriter for a proposed initial public offering of its U.S. subsidiary, Citizens Financial Group Inc, according to people familiar with the matter.

* G4S : The world's biggest security services firm said its UK chief executive Richard Morris has resigned and been replaced by the group's chief operating officer Eddie Ashton.

* ARM HOLDINGS : IBM has licensed new ARM Technology for custom chips aimed at networking and communications.

* BHP BILLITON : The miner said Nicola Kleynhans has resigned as deputy company secretary.

TODAY'S UK PAPERS

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