UPDATE 1-UK Stocks-Factors to watch on April 12
(Adds futures, Shell, Sports Direct, Lonmin, Tesco)
April 12 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening down 9 points, or 0.2 percent, on Tuesday, according to financial bookmakers, with futures down 0.2 percent ahead of the cash market open. For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on
* The UK blue chip index closed 0.1 percent lower at 6,200.12 points on Monday, as a drop in housebuilding stocks took the shine off a rise in banking and mining stocks.
* SHELL: Royal Dutch Shell could sell some of its older, lower grade North Sea assets to improve the quality of its portfolio, CEO Ben van Beurden said on Tuesday, part of a two-year programme to help finance its purchase of gas major BG Group.
* TESCO: Tesco, Britain's biggest supermarket operator, said on Tuesday it has agreed the sale of an 8.6 percent stake in southeast Asian online retailer Lazada to Alibaba Group BABA.N for $129 million.
* LONMIN: South Africa-focused platinum producer Lonmin on Tuesday said Simon Scott would step down as chief financial officer and that the company is looking for a successor.
* TATA STEEL: Tata Steel agreed to sell one of its main British steelworks to investment firm Greybull Capital for 1 pound on Monday, saving a third of the 15,000 jobs placed in jeopardy by the Indian conglomerate's decision to sell up in Britain.
* SPORTS DIRECT: Retailer Sports Direct Intl said on Tuesday it would buy the freehold of a property in London's Oxford Street for 108 million pounds ($154 million) for use as a flagship store for its FLANNELS.com fashion brand and offices. Continuación...