UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Jan 19

Jan 19 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 (.FTSE) index is seen opening lower with futures down 0.61% on Wednesday.

* JD WETHERSPOON: British pub group (JDW.L) warned it would record a loss for the first half of the fiscal year after the Omicron coronavirus variant led to renewed curbs and kept people from heading out during the holidays. read more

* CENTAMIN: Centamin (CEY.L) reported a 58% jump in gold production for the fourth quarter as the Egypt-focused miner benefited from higher-grade ores. read more

* ANTOFAGASTA: Antofagasta (ANTO.L) forecast annual copper production below 2021 levels, as operations continue to be impacted by Chile's driest weather in years.

* WH SMITH: WH Smith (SMWH.L) said it expected a resumption in the recovery of its travel markets over the coming months, although the retailer added that the firm is experiencing a "small impact" from the Omicron coronavirus variant. read more

* PEARSON: Pearson raised its forecast for full-year adjusted operating profit in a boost to a management team that is restructuring the company and trying to stem problems at its U.S. Higher Education division. read more

* BURBERRY: Burberry (BRBY.L) said its profit would beat market expectations as its full-price sales accelerated in the third quarter. read more

* FCA: Britain's financial watchdog said it plans to introduce restrictions on marketing cryptoassets and other high-risk investments. read more

* INFLATION: British consumer price inflation rose more than expected to 5.4% in December, its highest in almost 30 years, official data showed. read more

* GOLD: Gold prices fell towards previous session's one-week low as the prospect of aggressive rate hikes by the U.S. Federal Reserve sent benchmark Treasury yields to two-year highs, reducing the appeal of non-yielding bullion. read more

* London's FTSE 100 ended lower on Tuesday weighed down by shares of consumer companies and industrial stocks, while improving employment conditions in the UK and rising U.S. Treasury yields signalled growing bets of tighter monetary policies. read more

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Reporting by Sinchita Mitra in Bengaluru

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