UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Feb. 16
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LONDON Feb 16 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening flat on Monday, according to financial bookmakers. For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on
* The UK blue chip index closed 0.7 percent higher at 6,873.52 points in the previous session after climbing to an intra-day high of 6,887.57, the highest since September last year.
* On Sunday, Greece said it was confident of reaching agreement in negotiations with its euro zone partners but reiterated it would not accept harsh austerity strings in any debt pact.
* Germany's Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said in a radio interview that he was not very optimistic that Greece and its euro zone peers would reach a debt agreement in talks on Monday.
* HSBC - The bank apologised to customers and investors on Sunday for past practices at its Swiss private bank after allegations that it helped hundreds of clients to dodge taxes.
* TESCO - Britain's biggest supermarket could cut up to 10,000 jobs as part of its attempts to halt a slide in profits, The Sunday Telegraph newspaper reported. A spokesman for Tesco declined to comment.
* ROLLS ROYCE - The company has been accused of involvement in a multibillion-dollar bribery and kickback scheme at Petrobras, the Financial Times reported, adding that Rolls Royce said it will not tolerate improper business conduct of any sort.
* BARCLAYS - A New York judge on Friday rejected Barclays Plc's effort to dismiss state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's lawsuit accusing it of defrauding clients about high-speed trading in its private "dark pool" trading platform. Continuación...