UK Stocks-Factors to watch on August 22
Aug 22 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening down 2 points, according to financial bookmakers.
* The UK blue chip index closed down 0.2 percent to 6,858.95 points on Friday, to post its worst weekly drop since mid-June as its earlier rally up to 14-month highs stalled, with mining stocks hit by weaker copper prices.
* RBS: Some big corporate clients of Royal Bank of Scotland face the prospect of paying to hold deposits with the bank from Monday as it becomes the first lender in Britain to charge negative interest rates.
* IBSTOCK: Britain's largest brickmaker is to cap the liabilities of its pension fund and block present members from making fresh contributions. Ibstock Plc launched a two-month consultation after announcing proposals to scale back the cost of its final-salary pension scheme, which entitles retiring members to pensions linked to their earnings at the point of retiring, the Times reported on Friday. (bit.ly/2bBj4kx)
* SPORTS DIRECT: Sports Direct International Plc has confirmed that it will publish a long-awaited report next month into its working practices after the retailer brought in lawyers to look into allegations of mistreatment of its staff, the Times reported on Friday. (bit.ly/2bBj5ou)
* UK GOVERNMENT: The UK government has turned the spending tap on after the vote for Brexit with a stunning increase of more than 50 percent in the value of public sector contracts going out to tender, the Times reported on Monday. (bit.ly/2byvMSH)
* UK HOME PRICES: Uncertainty over Britain's departure from the European Union is likely to push house prices down by 1 percent next year before staging a recovery in 2018, estate agency group Countrywide has predicted, the Financial Times reported on Monday. (on.ft.com/2beoMbt)
* UK DIVIDENDS: Underlying UK dividends, excluding exceptional payouts, fell 3.3 percent year-on-year in the second quarter, according to the Henderson Global Dividend Index, as cuts from Britain's biggest companies and the weakness of the pound takes its toll on the earnings of overseas investors, the Financial times reported on Monday.(on.ft.com/2bIdqx5) Continuación...