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UPDATE 1-UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Oct. 2

Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 2:38 AM ET

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* Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening down 30 to 39 points, or as much as 0.7 percent, according to financial bookmakers. For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on

* The UK blue chip index closed up 1.4 percent, or 78.38 points, higher at 5,820.45 points on Monday.

* European officials told Reuters late on Monday that Spain was ready to request a bailout for its public finances as early as next weekend, but Germany had signalled that it should hold off.

* Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke on Monday delivered a broad defense of the central bank's controversial bond-buying stimulus plan, saying its actions are necessary to support a flagging economic recovery.

* British house prices unexpectedly fell in September, data from mortgage lender Nationwide showed on Tuesday, adding to a recent string of disappointing economic news.

* London copper eased on Tuesday after gaining for three sessions with holidays in top consumer China this week keeping trade thin, although an unexpected glimmer of expansion from the U.S. manufacturing sector cushioned prices.

* Brent crude futures steadied near $112 a barrel as investors weighed a weaker demand outlook amid a sluggish global economy against the continuing potential for supply risks.

* Paul Volcker, the former U.S. Federal Reserve chairman, will appear before Britain's Commission of Banking Standards this month, Andrew Tyrie, chairman of the commission, said in the Financial Times on Tuesday.

* WOLSELEY : The plumbing and heating products group reported a rise in profits and said it would return 350 million pounds of capital via a special dividend and share consolidation.

* BABCOCK INTL : The engineering and support services company said it was bullish over its full-year prospects.

* FIRSTGROUP : The transport company said it was still preparing to run the West Coast franchise and said that overall trading during the first half of the year was in line with the company's expectations.

* ROYAL BANK OF SCOTLAND : Banks must undergo a wholesale change in their culture and refocus their behavior on meeting the needs of customers to restore trust in the industry, Stephen Hester, chief executive of part-nationalised Royal Bank of Scotland, said on Monday.

* BAE SYSTEMS : EADS and BAE Systems battled to save their $45 billion merger plan from the crossfire of competing interests on Monday as governments and shareholders staked out positions in talks aimed at creating the world's biggest arms firm.

* JOHN LAING INFRASTRUCTURE FUND : The fund said it had raised 60.4 million pounds.

* CHARLES TAYLOR : The insurance services company named Tito Soso as its interim chief financial officer.

* WILLIAM SINCLAIR : The gardening products company issued a profit warning and said its chief executive would step down.

* ST IVES : The marketing services and print company reported higher full-year profits.

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(Reporting by Sudip Kar-Gupta)

((sudip.kargupta@thomsonreuters.com)(+44 207 542 2773)(Reuters Messaging: sudip.kargupta.thomsonreuters.com@reuters.net))

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