London Market Report Headlines

European shares supported by tobacco merger plan, earnings

* European earnings seen down 13 pct in third quarter (ADVISORY- Follow European and UK stock markets in real time on the Reuters Live Markets blog on Eikon - see cpurl://apps.cp./cms/?pageId=livemarkets) Adds details, updates prices)

European shares inch higher, led by Valeo, Yara

MILAN, Oct 21 European shares rose slightly in early trading on Friday, supported by a weaker euro and strong results from companies such as auto parts maker Valeo and fertilizer firm Yara.

UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Oct. 21

Oct 21 Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen down 8 points, or 0.1 percent, on Friday, according to financial bookmakers. * The UK blue chip index closed up 4.98 points, or 0.1 percent, on Thursday at 7,026.90. Banks helped to support British blue-chips, buoyed by good performance from U.S. lenders in key business areas on a volatile day as the European Central Bank held policy steady. * BHP: BHP Billiton, Chairman Jac Nasser, one of the most powerful figures in the minin

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