UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Monday, Aug. 19
LONDON Aug 19 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening around 5 points lower according to financial bookmakers. For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on
* The FTSE 100 closed up 16.65 points, or 0.3 percent, at 6,499.99 points, on Friday after suffering its steepest one-day percentage drop in almost two months on Thursday.
* ROYAL BANK OF SCOTLAND : W&G Investments Plc, one of three bidders vying for 315 Royal Bank of Scotland branches, said the sale could be delayed beyond the two-year schedule.
* GLENCORE XSTRATA : The miner is expected to write down the value of assets inherited from Xstrata by as much as $7 billion when it reports first-half earnings on Tuesday - the first full set of results since the takeover that created the mining giant in May.
* VODAFONE : The mobile communications firm paid millions to Britain's tax authority as part of a settlement linked to its Irish unit, the Guardian reported on Sunday.
* AMEC : The British engineer is eyeing an 800 million pound bid for London-listed peer Kentz as the group attempts to grow its oil and gas division, according to a report on Sunday.
* ECONOMIC EVENTS:
No major economic events scheduled for the day.
* UK CORPORATE DIARY:
Bovis Homes Group H1
Kingspan Group Q2, Confcall
TODAY'S UK PAPERS
> Financial Times
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