LONDON, Oct 21 (Reuters) - Britain’s FTSE 100 index is seen opening 5 to 6 points higher, or up 0.1 percent on Tuesday, according to financial bookmakers. For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on
* The UK blue chip index closed down 43.22 points, or 0.7 percent, at 6,267.07 points, on Monday.
* China’s economic growth slowed in the third quarter to its weakest since the 2008/09 global financial crisis as a slumping property market dragged on manufacturing and investment, adding to concerns about flagging global growth.
* BAE SYSTEMS - South Korea said it could cancel a planned $1 billion-plus deal for BAE Systems to upgrade its F-16 fighter jets and seek a new different contractor if talks with the British company do not proceed smoothly.
* SHIRE - U.S. drugmaker AbbVie said on Monday it has reached agreement with Shire to officially call off its proposed $55 billion purchase of the Irish company, and will pay Shire a $1.64 billion breakup fee for walking away from the deal.
* ANGLO AMERICAN - the miner has been refused a license to extend the life of its Drayton coal mine in eastern Australia, reversing an earlier approval by government regulators in the latest blow to Australia’s coal sector.
* Brent edged up on Tuesday, holding above $85 a barrel as robust China oil demand supported prices, although gains were capped by oversupply and lingering fears of a weak global economy.
* London copper edged up as hopes grew of more stimulus measures from China after the top consumer of the metal reported a slowing of third-quarter economic growth to its weakest since the 2008/09 global financial crisis.
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