LONDON, Nov 2 (Reuters) - Britain’s FTSE 100 index is seen opening down 37-39 points, or 0.6 percent lower on Monday, according to financial bookmakers. For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on .
* The UK blue chip index closed down 0.5 percent on Friday, but nevertheless registered its biggest monthly gain since July 2013.
* CHINESE ECONOMY: China’s factory activity fell for an eighth straight month in October but at a slower pace as export orders revived, a private survey showed on Monday, pointing to further sluggishness in the world’s second-largest economy.
* HSBC : HSBC reported a better than expected 32 percent rise in pretax profit for the third quarter, thanks to reduced costs from fines and settlements with regulators as heavy spending on compliance by Europe’s biggest bank begins to take effect.
* VODAFONE : Vodafone UK said on Saturday hackers had accessed the accounts of 1,827 of its customers this week, the second cyber attack on a British telecoms company this month.
* RYANAIR : Ryanair on Monday said it expects to post annual profits at the upper end of its forecast range as fuller-than-expected planes lift passenger numbers.
* BAE SYSTEMS : Europe’s biggest defence contractor, BAE Systems PLC , has agreed to buy a 20 percent stake in rocket engine maker Reaction Engines for 20.6 million pounds ($31.82 million), the Financial Times reported.
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