FTSE 100 <.FTSE> index is seen opening up by 15 points, or 0.3 percent higher on Friday, according to financial bookmakers, extending the previous session's advance in tandem with overnight strength for equities on Wall Street and in Asia as concerns over the euro zone debt crisis ease.

Market sentiment was also supported by the European Central Bank's surprise rate cut of 25 basis points on Thursday, the first meeting under new president Mario Draghi.

U.S. blue chips <.DJI> gained 1.8 percent on Thursday, and the MSCI Asia Pacific ex-Japan <.MIAPJ0000PUS> rose 3.1 pct on Friday, lifted by hopes Greece will abandon a proposed referendum on severe austerity measures which are needed to obtain a crucial European Union bailout, agreed last week.

Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou bowed to cabinet rebels and agreed to step down and make way for a negotiated coalition government if his Socialist lawmakers back him in a confidence vote on Friday, raising hopes for a political consensus on the EU rescue framework.

However, at the end of a turbulent week, gains will be limited in London as investors will remain cautious ahead of that Greek government confidence vote.

Investors will also be nervous ahead of the latest U.S. jobs report.

October U.S. non-farm payrolls, due at 1230 GMT, are forecast to rise by 95,000, after a 103,000 increase in September, and the unemployment rate is seen static at 9.1 percent.

No major UK economic data will be released on Friday.

The UK blue chip index closed up 61.54 points, or 1.1 percent on Thursday to 5,545.64, continuing to recoup sharp losses of more than 5 percent sustained earlier in the week following the shock from the Greek referendum plan.

UK stocks to watch on Friday are:

ROYAL BANK OF SCOTLAND

The bank issues a third-quarter trading update.

SMITH AND NEPHEW

The orthopaedics groups posts third-quarter results.

LANCASHIRE HOLDINGS

The insurer reports third-quarter results.

MEGGITT

The engineer issues a trading update.

MILLENNIUM & COPTHORNE HOTELS

The hotels operator issues third-quarter results.

SPIRAX SARCO

The engineering group issues a trading update.

EASYJET

The discount airline issues October traffic numbers.

BIOME TECHNOLOGIES

The bioplastics firm issues a trading update.

DECHRA PHARMACEUTICALS

The vetinary drugs firm issues an AGM trading update.

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(Reporting by Jon Hopkins)