UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Monday June 16
EDINBURGH, June 16 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening down 13 points, or 0.2 percent lower on Monday, according to financial bookmakers. For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on
* Britain's benchmark FTSE 100 equity index fell 1 percent to 6,777.85 points on Friday, its lowest close since late April, hit by a rise in sterling after Bank of England Governor Mark Carney hinted that interest rates may rise earlier than the market had been expecting.
* VODAFONE - The UK telecom group will offer 1.49 euros a share to buy out shareholders in Cobra Automotive Technologies, in a deal valuing the Italian auto security systems group at around 145 million euros ($197.42 million).
* BP - A U.S. judge set a May 2015 trial date on Friday for the oil major to face claims in a lawsuit accusing the company of misleading investors about the severity of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
U.S. District Judge Keith Ellison in Houston set the May 18, 2015 date nearly a month after granting class certification to the shareholders in the lawsuit