UK Stocks-Factors to watch on April 27
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LONDON, April 27 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 futures contract was up 0.3 percent on Monday, with commodity stocks expected to be boosted by firmer oil and metals prices. For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on
* The FTSE 100 index closed up 0.2 percent at 7,070.70 points on Friday, not far from a record high of 7,119.35 points set earlier this month.
* UK ELECTION: Britain's Labour Party on Sunday ruled out a post-election deal with Scottish nationalists after Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives said such a tie-up could spark the biggest constitutional crisis since the 1936 abdication of the king.
* LABOUR PARTY/STAMP DUTY: Britain's Labour Party will announce a plan on Monday to scrap the stamp duty for first-time home buyers and give them the right to buy up to half of new homes built locally, as the party lays out its plan to tackle the country's housing crisis ahead of next month's parliamentary election.
* ROYAL BANK OF SCOTLAND : Royal Bank of Scotland has sold a further portfolio of North American loans to Mizuho, as it continues to sell off unwanted international assets to focus on domestic lending.
* HSBC : HSBC, Europe's biggest bank, is weighing plans to spin off its British retail bank in a 20 billion-pound ($30.37 billion) deal, the Sunday Times reported. Continuación...