UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Oct 21



Oct 21 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 .FTSE index is seen opening lower on Thursday, with futures FFIc1 down 0.4%.

* BARCLAYS: Barclays BARC.L reported a doubling of third quarter profits, beating market expectations, as it followed Wall Street rivals in reaping bumper investment banking fees from a surge in advisory mandates and equities trading.

* UNILEVER: Unilever ULVR.L warned inflation was likely to accelerate next year, keeping the pressure on consumer goods companies as they hike prices to try to offset surging energy and other costs.

* RELX: European information provider Relx REL.L upgraded its full-year outlook for underlying profit, earnings and revenue growth.

* RENTOKIL: Rentokil Initial RTO.L posted a more than 10% jump in third-quarter ongoing revenue, as reopening of businesses following easing of COVID-19 restrictions boosted demand for its pest control services.

* ST JAMES'S PLACE: St James's Place SJP.L raised its gross inflows target for the year, as surging savings and rising consumer confidence helped it bring in 2.56 billion pounds ($3.53 billion) in new money over the past three months.

* BORROWING: British public borrowing fell by around half in the first six months of the current financial year compared with a year earlier, when the economy faced the full force of the COVID-19 pandemic, official figures showed.

* BP: BP BP.L has signed a sales and purchase agreement with a unit of China's Shenzhen Gas Group Co Ltd to supply piped natural gas for 10 years starting 2023, BP said in a statement on Wednesday.

* NATIONAL GRID: Britain's National Grid NG.L said it will make 500 megawatts (MW) of capacity at the IFA interconnector in Sellindge in Kent available to the market on Wednesday around 17:59 GMT before ramping up to 1,000 MW on Oct. 21.

* COVID-19: Britain's COVID-19 infection numbers could rise to 100,000 a day, but the government will not implement its so-called "plan B" contingency measures at this time, health minister Sajid Javid said on Wednesday.

* London's FTSE 100 edged higher on Wednesday, helped by gains in consumer companies and data showing a modest easing in domestic inflation, although a slide in mining stocks capped the advance.

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Reporting by Shanima A in Bengaluru

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