UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Wednesday May 20

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UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Wednesday May 20
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LONDON, May 20 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 .FTSE index is seen opening down 1 to 5 points, or around 0.1 percent lower on Wednesday, according to financial bookmakers. For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on ID:nL5N0YB0B5

* The blue-chip FTSE 100 index .FTSE closed up 26.23 points, or 0.4 percent at 6,995.10, led by Land Securities LAND.L after it raised its dividend payout. ID:nL5N0YA4AL

* BARCLAYS BARC.L , ROYAL BANK OF SCOTLAND RBS.L - Five of the world's biggest banks, including Barclays and RBS, are expected to be hit with a combined bill of more than $5 billion and criminal charges on Wednesday in a settlement with U.S. and British authorities over rigging of currency markets. ID:nL5N0YA4I9

* VODAFONE VOD.L - A merger with Vodafone Group Plc would be a "great fit" for Liberty Global Plc LBTYA.O in western Europe, Liberty Chairman John Malone said on Tuesday, Bloomberg reported. ID:nL1N0YA2SZ

* CENTRICA CNA.L - Gas flows to Britain's North Morecambe (Barrow) gas terminal were restarted past midnight on Wednesday, after being shut due to an unplanned outage the previous day, its operator Centrica said. ID:nL5N0YB0DR

* SKY SKYB.L - Italy's anti-trust authority AGCM said on Tuesday it was investigating the sale of Serie A soccer rights to Sky Italia and Mediaset MS.MI on suspicion the deal may have violated competition laws and excluded new entrants. ID:nL5N0YA4BJ

* BP BP.L - BP has increased its share in the $12 billion West Nile Delta gas field in Egypt to above 80 percent after buying a stake from DEA, the energy group owned by Russian billionaire Mikhial Fridman. ID:nL5N0YA49U

* RIO TINTO RIO.L - A worker at Rio Tinto 's Fer et Titane unit died after being injured at its facility at Sorel-Tracy in the Canadian province of Quebec, the global mining company said on Tuesday. ID:nL1N0YA2KQ

Mongolia and Rio Tinto have reached an agreement paving the way for work to resume on a stalled $5 billion underground copper mine that is expected to drive growth for both the country and the global miner. ID:nL3N0Y95MT

* MONDI MNDI.L - Austrian energy company OMV OMVV.VI on Tuesday named Peter Oswald, head of packaging group Mondi's Europe and International business, as the new chairman of its supervisory board. ID:nL5N0YA41C

* Britain's top bosses should defend membership of the European Union by telling voters it is the best guarantee of prosperity, the head of the country's largest business lobby group will say on Wednesday. ID:nL5N0YA2SY




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