* Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening up 4 to 7 points, or 0.1 percent, on Wednesday, according to financial bookmakers. For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on
* The UK blue chip index closed up 64.93 points, or 1.1 percent, at 5,870.54 on Tuesday, on the cusp of breaking out of its recent trading range, as investors welcomed a media report saying Germany could adopt a softer approach towards financial aid to Spain.
* Ex-dividend factors will knock 1.11 points off the FTSE 100 index on Wednesday, with BAE Systems and Capital Shopping Centres both trading without their payout attractions.
* Investors will focus on UK unemployment data, at 0830 GMT, and the outcome of the October monetary policy committee meeting, also at 0830 GMT.
* Across the Atlantic, U.S. September housing starts data is set for release at 1230 GMT.
* UK CORPORATE DIARY:
BHP BILLITON reports output figures
DIAGEO issues a trading update
INTERNATIONAL PERSONAL FINANCE issues a trading update
SPEEDY HIRE issues a trading update
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