UPDATE 1-UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Dec. 20

Last Updated: Wed, Dec 20, 2017 13:20 hrs

(Adds company news and futures) Dec 20 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening down 3 points on Wednesday, according to financial bookmakers, with futures down 0.05 percent ahead of the cash market open. * CARILLION: Carillion has moved the start date for new chief executive Andrew Davies forward to Jan. 22 from April 2, the British builder said on Wednesday. * WILLIAM HILL: British bookmaker William Hill said on Wednesday it named Roger Devlin as its chairman designate, who will take over from Gareth Davis in April. * TESCO: Britain's competition regulator on Wednesday gave final clearance to Tesco's 3.7 billion pound ($4.95 billion) takeover of wholesaler Booker , tightening the grip of the country's largest retailer on its food market. * BT: The U.K government is expected to reject telecoms provider BT's offer to invest up to 600 million pounds ($803.4 million) to provide faster broadband services to remote parts of the country, the Financial Times reported on Wednesday. (http://on.ft.com/2z1Te2n) * OIL: Oil prices inched up on Wednesday, supported by expectations of a fall in U.S. crude inventories and by the ongoing outage of the North Sea Forties pipeline system. * GOLD: Gold prices inched higher in quiet trade on Wednesday as the dollar held steady on expectations the U.S. government would pass the country's biggest tax overhaul in 30 years. * The UK blue chip index closed 0.1 percent higher on Tuesday, with Anglo-South African financial services group Old Mutual leading the index after it sold its Buxton UK wealth business for $800 million. * For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on: cpurl://apps.cp./cms/?pageId=livemarkets TODAY'S UK PAPERS > Financial Times > Other business headlines Multimedia versions of Reuters Top News are now available for: * 3000 Xtra : visit http://topnews.session.rservices.com * For Top News : http://topnews.reuters.com ($1 = 0.7468 pounds) (Reporting by Justin George Varghese)

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