November 1, 2017 / 8:01 AM / 19 days ago

UPDATE 1-UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Nov 1

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    Nov 1 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100         index is expected to open 18
points higher at 7,511.2 points on Wednesday, according to financial bookmakers,
with futures         up 0.4 percent ahead of the cash market open.
        
    * JUST GROUP: British annuity provider Just Group           reported a fall
in total retirement sales for the third quarter against the same period last
year and said it had exceeded its merger driven cost savings target of 45
million pounds ($59 million).              
    * MORGAN SINDALL: British builder Morgan Sindall          raised its 2017
earnings forecast in July and did so again on Wednesday citing better margins in
construction and its office installation and refurbishment business.
            
    * IAG: Britain's biggest trade union Unite said on Tuesday British Airways'
cabin crew had voted to accept a pay deal that brings their long-running dispute
to an end.             
    * ASTRAZENECA: AstraZeneca         has won U.S. approval for a new blood
cancer drug several months earlier than expected, boosting its oncology
portfolio - and requiring it to pay $1.5 billion to shareholders in the biotech
company that first discovered the medicine.             
    * INDIVIOR:  Indivior Plc's          experimental drug to treat opioid
addiction should be approved, an advisory panel to the U.S. Food and Drug
Administration concluded on Tuesday.             
    * IMAGINATION TECH:  Imagination Technologies         shareholders approved
a 550 million pound ($730 million) cash takeover by China-backed Canyon Bridge
on Tuesday, a day after the buyout firm's founder was charged by U.S.
authorities with insider trading.             

    * Britain's FTSE         sealed its best monthly gains since May on Tuesday
as a series of upbeat earning updates including from oil major BP        helped
it rebound and end October on a high.             
    * For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on: cpurl://apps.cp./cms/?pageId=livemarkets
    
       
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 (Reporting by Sanjeeban Sarkar in Bengaluru)
  

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