UK Stocks-Factors to watch on May 23

LONDON Fri May 23, 2014 1:49am EDT

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LONDON May 23 (Reuters) - 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:

HSBC AGM

SMITHS GROUP TRADING UPDATE

ASSURA FINAL RESULTS

CLOSE BROTHERS TRADING UPDATE

QUINTAIN ESTATES FINAL RESULTS

TODAY'S UK PAPERS

> Financial Times

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