UK Stocks-Factors to watch on May 18

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UK Stocks-Factors to watch on May 18
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May 18 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 .FTSE index is seen opening 51 points lower on Thursday, according to financial bookmakers.

* BHP/ELLIOT: Activist investor Elliott Management on Thursday said a meeting with BHP Billiton Chief Executive BHP.AX BLT.L Andrew Mackenzie in Barcelona on Wednesday had been "constructive". BP: BP Plc's BP.L first foray into Mexico's recently opened energy market is proving more promising than expected, and the government should offer more big projects to lure investment, the British oil major's Mexico boss said in an interview. SKY NZ/VODAFONE: New Zealand pay television provider Sky Network TV SKT.NZ on Thursday said it had filed a second, more detailed appeal with courts against the Commerce Commission's decision to bar its purchase of Vodafone 's VOD.L local unit.

* BREXIT: Brexit has forced the European Union to rethink its flagship capital markets union (CMU) project by broadening its supervisory and geographical reach, a draft EU document showed on Wednesday. BRITAIN/EU: Everything from just-in-time auto supply chains to the free movement of workers and even their pet cats and dogs will be thrown into question by Britain's exit from the European Union, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said.

* INSURERS: Insurers in over 100 countries face a "once in a lifetime" accounting change from January 2021 with the introduction of a uniform international book-keeping standard, details of which will be published on Thursday. BANK OF IRELAND: Bank of Ireland BKIR.I has appointed HSBC Holdings Plc HSBA.L executive Francesca McDonagh as its new chief executive officer to succeed Richie Boucher, who will retire on Oct. 2. TATA STEEL: A Tata Steel TISC.NS deal to separate its 15 billion-pound ($19 billion) UK pension scheme still leaves many questions unanswered for a potential merger with Thyssenkrupp's TKAG.DE European steel operations, a source close to Thyssenkrupp said.

* EX-DIVS: Compass CPG.L , HSBC HSBA.L , Imperial Brands IMB.L , Intertek ITRK.L , Royal Dutch Shell RDSa.L will trade without entitlement to their latest dividend pay-out on Thursday, trimming 20.3 points off the FTSE 100 according to Reuters calculations. The UK blue chip index was down 0.25 percent at 7,503.47 points at its close on Wednesday, turning lower as U.S. political developments weighed on European equity markets, with mining stocks and banks the biggest sectoral drags. For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on: cpurl://apps.cp./cms/?pageId=livemarkets


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