UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Nov. 3



Nov 3 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 .FTSE index opened down 0.1% on Wednesday.

* LAND SECURITIES : Land Securities Group Plc LAND.L has bought a 75% stake in MediaCity, the biggest tech and media hub outside London, for 425.6 million pounds ($580.1 million), the UK commercial landlord said on Wednesday.

* QUILTER: Fund manager Quilter QLT.L set out targets on Wednesday of more than doubling operating profit by 2025 and returning around 350 million pounds ($477.02 million) from the sale of Quilter International to shareholders alongside 2021 results.

* PETS AT HOME : Britain's Pets At Home Group Plc PETSP.L said on Wednesday its chief executive officer Peter Pritchard has agreed to step down next summer, while the pet services firm also forecast annual profit to be at the top end of analysts' expectations.

* COCA COLA HBC: Soft drinks bottler Coca Cola HBC AG CCH.L reported higher third-quarter sales, helped by strong demand from fast-food chains and pubs as pandemic-related restrictions ease.

* RUBIX: Industrial products provider Rubix Group IPO-RUBI.L on Tuesday scrapped plans for its initial public offering in London, citing "difficult ongoing conditions".

* ENERGY SUPPLIERS: Four more small British energy suppliers have ceased trading, regulator Ofgem said on Tuesday, taking the tally of companies to have gone bust since the beginning of September to 17.

* DARKTRACE: London-based private-equity firm Vitruvian Partners LLP is looking to sell about 11 million ordinary shares in British cybersecurity firm Darktrace DARK.L , a bookrunner said on Tuesday.

* BREXIT: Britain is looking to hire new external legal advisers ahead of a possible overhaul of post-Brexit trading terms affecting Northern Ireland, the Financial Times reported on Tuesday, amid a dispute with the European Union.

* OIL: Oil prices fell as industry data pointed to a big build in crude oil and distillate stocks in the United States, the world's largest oil consumer, and as pressure mounted on OPEC to increase supply.

* MARKETS: London's FTSE 100 index dropped on Tuesday, with mining stocks taking a hit from a slump in iron ore prices, while shares in online betting group Flutter Entertainment and Asia-focussed lender Standard Chartered fell after posting quarterly results.

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Reporting by Muhammed Husain in Bengaluru

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