UK Stocks-Factors to watch on June 15
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LONDON, June 15 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening 42 to 43 points lower, or down as much as 0.6 percent, on Monday, according to financial bookmakers. For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on
* Futures for the index were down 0.5 percent by 0647 GMT.
* The UK blue chip index closed 0.9 percent down at 6,784.92 points on Friday.
* ROYAL DUTCH SHELL - Leading Gulf of Mexico oil producer Shell Oil Co, the U.S. arm of Royal Dutch Shell, said it was removing non-essential workers from offshore platforms as a precautionary measure ahead of a low-pressure storm system given an 80 percent chance of becoming a tropical cyclone in the next 48 hours.
* LONDON STOCK EXCHANGE - The company said it has received approval from Securities and Futures Commission to allow Hong Kong trading firms to become members of the LSE.
* THOMAS COOK - British travel agent Thomas Cook said on Monday it had agreed to set-up a joint venture with Fosun International Limited to develop domestic, inbound and outbound tourism activities for the Chinese market under Thomas Cook brands.
* The average asking price for homes in England and Wales hit a new record high as buyers returned to the market after last month's national election, property website Rightmove said on Monday.
* VEDANTA RESOURCES - Indian mining and energy group Vedanta Ltd made a $2.3 billion offer on Sunday to buy out minority shareholders in cash-rich oil unit Cairn India, a deal that helps parent Vedanta Resources repay hefty debts. Continuación...