LONDON May 23 Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening flat on Friday, according to financial bookmakers. For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on
* The UK blue chip index ended flat on Thursday at 6,820.56 points.
* EU ELECTIONS:
Britain's anti-EU UKIP party has made strong gains in local elections, taking seats from both Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives and the opposition Labour party, according to early results on Friday.
* ASTRAZENECA :
BlackRock Inc, AstraZeneca Plc's largest shareholder, wants the drugmaker to resume talks with Pfizer Inc about a potential sale eventually, but backs its decision this week to reject Pfizer's current bid, according to two people familiar with the matter.
* UK CORPORATE DIARY:
SMITHS GROUP TRADING UPDATE
ASSURA FINAL RESULTS
CLOSE BROTHERS TRADING UPDATE
QUINTAIN ESTATES FINAL RESULTS
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