UK Stocks-Factors to watch on April 18

April 18 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening 21

points lower on Tuesday, according to financial bookmakers.

* HSBC: HSBC Holdings Plc has agreed to pay about $2 million to

settle a civil fraud lawsuit that alleged the bank improperly attempted to get

reimbursement from the federally backed U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)

on bad loans it knew were based on fraudulent or potentially fraudulent


* BT: BT Group Plc CEO faced a considerable hit to his paycheck as

the board weighed rolling back past bonuses, according to a report by Bloomberg.

* LLOYDS: Lloyds ​Banking Group Plc chose Berlin as its European

base post Brexit and aimed to apply for a licence in Germany in a few months,

according to a report on the Telegraph.

* GOLD: Gold held steady on Tuesday supported by geopolitical tensions over

North Korea. Spot gold was mostly unchanged at $1,283.96 per ounce by

0246 GMT, after climbing to $1,295.42 in the prior session, its highest since

Nov. 9.

* OIL: Oil prices fell in thin trade on Tuesday after the Easter holiday

break shut many markets for as long as four days and as a U.S. government report

indicated rising production. Benchmark Brent crude futures were down 9

cents at $55.27 at 0058 GMT.

* The blue-chip FTSE 100 .FTSE index was down 0.3 percent at 7,327.59 points

at its close on Thursday, in line with a broader decline on European markets, as

financials, energy stocks and firms trading ex-dividend weighed, though volumes

were light ahead of a market holiday.

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(Reporting by Sanjeeban Sarkar in Bengaluru; Editing by Sunil Nair)