UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Jan 13



Jan 13 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 .FTSE index is seen opening lower, with futures FFIc1 down 0.1% on Thursday.

* M&S: British retailer Marks & Spencer MKS.L nudged up its profit outlook after it reported a strong Christmas performance, particularly in food, where it outperformed the market.

* ASTRAZENECA: AstraZeneca AZN.L said new data from trials showed there was a higher antibody response against the Omicron coronavirus variant and others, including Beta, Delta, Alpha and Gamma, when its vaccine was given as a third booster dose.

* TESCO: Tesco TSCO.L , Britain's biggest retailer raised its profit outlook for the second time in four months as it reported a rise in Christmas sales despite a tough comparative with 2020 when spending was boosted by a COVID-19 lockdown.

* PERSIMMON: Persimmon Plc PSN.L said demand for new homes stayed strong as Britain's No. 2 homebuilder built more houses in 2021 than the previous year, helped by government support measures and low mortgage rates.

* MITCHELLS BUTLER: Pub operator Mitchells & Butlers MAB.L said sales during the Christmas period fell as people were cautious about socialising amid the spread of the Omicron coronavirus variant.

* WOOD PLC: British oilfield services and engineering firm Wood Plc WG.L said selling a division under its consulting business is the best option to deliver value for shareholders.

* ASOS: British online fashion retailer ASOS ASOS.L reiterated its already downgraded outlook after supply chain constraints and volatile demand limited sales growth in its four months to Dec. 31 trading period.

* PREMIER MITON: London listed asset manager Premier Miton Group said it has withdrawn a possible offer for investment and consulting company River and Mercantile Group.

* HAYS: Recruitment agency Hays Plc HAYS.L said its annual profit is expected to surpass market expectations after a record second quarter saw firms hiring more permanent employees.

* OIL: Oil prices slipped, trimming big gains from the previous two sessions, amid uncertainty over near-term demand as cases of the highly contagious Omicron variant of the coronavirus surge around the globe.

* London's FTSE 100 ended higher on Wednesday, led by mining and oil giants following a global rally in risk assets, while a slew of positive earnings updates including a forecast lift from supermarket group Sainsbury's also aided the mood.

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Reporting by Muhammed Husain in Bengaluru

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