UK Stocks-Factors to watch on May 16



May 16 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index .FTSE is seen opening lower on Monday, with futures FFIc1 up 0.4%.

* RYANAIR HOLDINGS: Ryanair RYA.I on Monday posted a 355 million euro ($369.06 million) loss for the pandemic-hit 12 months to end-March, but said it was impossible to accurately forecast anything beyond hoping for a return to "reasonable profitability" this year.

* HSBC: HSBC HSBA.L has hired Robey Warshaw to assist an internal review into its strategy, after a push from its largest shareholder Ping An to spin off the lender's Asian operations, a source familiar with the matter said on Friday.

* VODAFONE GROUP: United Arab Emirates-based telecoms company e& ETISALAT.AD has bought a 9.8% stake in Vodafone VOD.L for $4.4 billion, days after saying it was looking to expand into new markets and related areas such as financial technology.

* CREDIT: Lending to small businesses in Britain has fallen to its lowest since at least 2014 as companies and banks worry about the worsening economic outlook, according to a survey published on Monday.

* FINANCE: More than 50 economists warned on Monday that Britain's post-Brexit plans to boost the competitiveness of its huge finance industry risked creating the kind of problems that led to the global financial crisis.

* OIL: Oil prices fell on Monday, paring early gains as investors took profit from a surge in the previous session, albeit in the shadow of supply fear as the European Union prepares an import ban on Russian crude and with limited increase in OPEC output.

* Britain's FTSE 100 rallied on Friday to erase weekly losses, aided by gains in defensive stocks, although concerns over stubborn inflation and economic slowdown kept sentiment in check.

* UK CORPORATE DIARY:

Diploma

DPLM.L

HY results

Plc

Greggs Plc

GRG.L

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Reporting by Muhammed Husain in Bengaluru

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