UPDATE 1-UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Oct 19

Last Updated: Wed, Oct 19, 2016 12:20 hrs

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Oct 19 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening 0.1 - 0.4 percent higher on Wednesday, according to financial bookmakers, with futures up 0.13 percent ahead of the cash market open.

* The UK blue chip index closed up 0.8 percent at 7,000.06 points on Tuesday, as British stocks rebounded from a fall the previous day, with a rise in easyJet and mining companies helping outweigh a sharp drop in Burberry's shares.

* RECKITT BENCKISER: Consumer goods maker Reckitt Benckiser Group reported a bigger-than-expected slowdown in third-quarter sales growth on Wednesday, hurt by the continued loss of business in South Korea due to a scandal over humidifier sanitisers.

* FOXTONS: British estate agent group Foxtons said a continuation of lower activity in the property sales market in London had hit its business, pushing quarterly sales revenue down by a third.

* LAIRD: Apple supplier Laird Plc warned on its full-year profit, saying that acceleration in production for mobile devices this year had come in much later than seen in previous cycles and that it had "poor" visibility in order volumes.

* TRAVIS PERKINS: Travis Perkins, Britain's biggest supplier of building materials, warned on Wednesday it would not meet market expectations for full-year profit, blaming a disappointing performance in its plumbing and heating business.

* BHP BILLITON: BHP Billiton , the world's biggest diversified miner, said on Wednesday it was finally detecting indications of a commodity market turnaround, giving its most upbeat assessment in about five years.

* GLENCORE: Miner Glencore has increased the size of a bond buyback tender to $1.49 billion from $1.25 billion, it said on Tuesday, seeking to seize on favourable conditions to reduce its debt burden.

* SHELL: Royal Dutch Shell plc has retained Deutsche Bank to sell its Martinez, California refinery, according to three people familiar with the matter.

* UK PENSIONS: Britain cancelled a plan to create a secondary market for annuities on Tuesday, dismantling a key part of former finance minister George Osborne's drive to give pensioners freedom to choose how to invest their pension pots.

* UK REFERENDUM: London's High Court said on Tuesday it would rule "as quickly as possible" on whether British lawmakers, and not the government alone, must trigger the formal process of leaving the European Union, in a case closely watched by politicians and markets.

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