UK Stocks-Factors to watch on May 17



May 17 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index .FTSE is seen opening higher on Tuesday, with futures FFIc1 up 0.4%.

* LAND SECURITIES: Land Securities LAND.L reported a swing to annual profit on Tuesday, driven by record leasing in its London offices and a return to growth in major retail destinations.

* ASTRAZENECA: AstraZeneca AZN.L is paying up to $157 million, plus royalties, for an exclusive licence to develop and sell a set of pre-clinical COVID antibody therapies developed by RQ Bio, the London-based biotech said on Tuesday.

* IMPERIAL BRANDS: Imperial Brands IMB.L on Tuesday reported a marginal increase in first half sales as demand for ecigarettes and heated tobacco products helped make up for lower tobacco volumes.

* VODAFONE: Vodafone VOD.L , the European and African mobile operator, reported a 5% rise in full-year core earnings on Tuesday, meeting the bottom of its guidance, helped by a good performance in its largest market, Germany.

* LSE: Britain's competition watchdog will conduct an investigation into the London Stock Exchange's LSEG.L acquisition of Quantile Group, it said on Tuesday.

* KKR-CONTOURGLOBAL: KKR & Co KKR.N has agreed to buy London-listed power generation firm ContourGlobal GLO.L for 1.75 billion pounds ($2.16 billion), as the U.S. private-equity firm seeks to expand its power and infrastructure portfolio. * UK's blue-chip index rose on Monday, aided by gains in healthcare and resource-linked stocks, though subdued data from China stoked slowdown concerns in the world's second-largest economy and kept sentiment in check.

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Reporting by Muhammed Husain and Sinchita Mitra in Bengaluru

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