UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Aug. 25

Aug 25 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening down 13 points, or 0.2 percent lower on Thursday, according to financial bookmakers. * The UK blue chip index closed down 0.5 percent at 6,835.78 points on Wednesday, underperforming its European peers, as a sharp drop in metals prices put pressure on the mining sector and South Africa-exposed stocks fell as the rand slipped. * BHP BILLITON: Samarco Mineração SA, the Brazilian iron ore joint venture that halted operations
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