UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Nov. 18
LONDON Nov 18 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening 16 to 17 points lower, or as much as 0.3 percent, on Wednesday, according to financial bookmakers. For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on
* The blue-chip FTSE 100 index closed up 2 percent at 6,268.76 points in the previous session. The index remains down 4.5 percent since the start of 2015 and 12 percent below a record high reached in April.
* BARCLAYS - Barclays will pay at least another $100 million in a settlement with the New York financial regulator to resolve allegations that it rigged foreign exchange markets, a person familiar with the matter said.
* ROYAL BANK OF SCOTLAND - Federal prosecutors are pursuing criminal cases against executives from the Royal Bank of Scotland Group and JPMorgan Chase & Co for allegedly selling flawed mortgage securities, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday, citing unnamed sources.
* HIKMA PHARMACEUTICALS - The company announced a successful resolution to the FDA warning letter in October 2014 at its Portugal facility.
* Britain must move away from dirty and aging coal-fired power stations and encourage new gas and nuclear power plants, its energy minister will say on Wednesday when unveiling a new direction for energy policy in the country.
* Oil prices edged up following reports of falling stockpiles and rising refinery activity, but analysts said the market would remain under pressure for the rest of the year and into 2016.
* London copper fell towards fresh six-year lows as traders increased their bets on waning demand in top user China, leading down most other metals that were already struggling under the weight of a strong dollar.