May 16, 2017 / 5:52 AM / 10 months ago

UK Stocks-Factors to watch on May 16

    May 16 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening broadly
unchanged on Tuesday, according to financial bookmakers. 
    * HSBC: HSBC Holdings Plc has settled claims by a group of U.S.
bondholders that it conspired with rivals to rig the Libor benchmark interest
rate, according to a New York court filing on Monday by the bondholders'
    * BHP: BHP on Tuesday said it was disappointed with the
latest salvo from Elliott Management which said the company was not open to
suggestions and had been misleading in its response to the activist investor's
calls for a change in strategy.
    Separately, activist investor Elliott Management upped the pressure for
strategic changes at BHP, calling for an independent review of the mining
giant's petroleum business.
    * Elliott Management on Tuesday revised its proposal for an overhaul of BHP
Billiton's, corporate structure, calling for the mining giant
to remain incorporated in Australia.
    * CYBER ATTACK: Most patients saw no change to hospital services on Monday
and all local doctors' surgeries opened after a cyber attack hit dozens of
computers in Britain's health service, interior minister Amber Rudd said.

    * STERLING: Sterling rose towards $1.30 again on Monday, with figures
showing that speculators have cut bearish bets on the currency by the most in
more than a year and the third most on record.
    * The UK blue chip index was up 0.3 percent at 7,454.37 points at its close,
having hit a fresh high at the open, fuelled by oil and mining stocks, and
cybersecurity firm Sophos jumped after a ransomware attack hit
companies, hospitals and schools worldwide.
    * For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on: cpurl://apps.cp./cms/?pageId=livemarkets
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 (Reporting by Rahul B in Bengaluru; Editing by Sunil Nair)
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