UK Stocks-Factors to watch on May 14
LONDON May 14 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening down, with futures trading 0.1 percent lower. For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on
* STANDARD CHARTERED
The bank is seeking buyers for its Hong Kong pension business valued at about $350 million in a deal that would also involve a 15-year distribution agreement with the new owner, people with knowledge of the matter told Reuters.
* ROYAL DUTCH SHELL
The energy major will consider small additions to its North America oil and gas business, despite ruling out large acquisitions after its deal to buy BG Group Plc, Marvin Odum, director of Shell's Americas exploration and production business, said in an interview Wednesday.
* REAL ESTATE
British house prices rose at their fastest rate since August last month, and the country's lack of affordable housing is now a "national emergency", a body representing property valuers said on Thursday. Continuación...