January 24, 2014 / 7:06 AM / in 4 years

UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Friday Jan. 24

LONDON, Jan 24 (Reuters) - Britain’s FTSE 100 index is seen opening between 5 points lower to 22 points higher on Friday, according to financial bookmakers.

* The FTSE 100 fell 53.05 points, or 0.8 percent, at 6,773.28 points on Thursday, suffering its biggest one-day fall this year after disappointing U.S. economic data and weak updates from Easyjet and Pearson.

* The Bank of England will take a broader approach to gauging when the British economy is strong enough to cope with higher borrowing costs, its governor said on Thursday, a day after the BoE’s existing guidance plan was rendered virtually obsolete.

* BP - Countries across the world have been quietly signing deals in recent months to import natural gas from the United States as companies like BP find multiple buyers willing to take tranches of supply, revealing a growing appetite for the fuel overseas as domestic output soars.

* CAPITA - Regulators could make the outsourcing firm pay more than 100 million pounds ($166.31 million) to investors in a fund it operated that collapsed, the Daily Mail reported.

* SPORTS DIRECT, DEBENHAMS - The chief executive of Debenhams has met with his counterpart at the sports retailer for the first time since Sports Direct took out a complex bet on the department store, the Times reported.

* UK CORPORATE DIARY:

3I INFRASTRUCTURE PLC TRADING

BIOME TECHNOLOGIES PLC TRADING

CLOSE BROTHERS GROUP PLC TRADING

COVIDIEN PLC Q1

ROYAL MAIL PLC TRADING

WORKSPACE GROUP PLC Q3 TRADE

TODAY‘S UK PAPERS

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