UK Stocks-Factors to watch on July 27

July 27 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index .FTSE is seen opening higher on Wednesday, with futures FFIc1 up 0.3%.

* DE LA RUE: Britain's De La Rue DLAR.L has terminated its supply agreement with paper-making firm Portals Paper Ltd as the banknote printer cuts costs during a worldwide transition to polymer banknotes, the printer said on Tuesday.

* REGULATOR: Britain's financial watchdog said on Wednesday it would press ahead with tougher protections for retail customers that put senior officials at banks and insurers personally on the hook if they peddle rip-off products.

* STRIKES: London underground rail staff plan to strike on Aug. 19 over jobs and pensions, the RMT union said on Tuesday, in the latest industrial dispute that could disrupt Britain's transport services.

* STRIKE: Britain's rail network faces major disruption again on Wednesday as rail workers and station staff walk out in a row over pay and conditions, the latest in a catalogue of industrial unrest as wages fail to keep pace with soaring inflation.

* GOLD: Gold prices were little changed on Wednesday, as investors stayed away from taking big positions ahead of a U.S. Federal Reserve interest rate decision that could influence the outlook for bullion.

* UK's top share index was subdued on Tuesday as worries about an energy crisis in the continent and a weakness in British retail and banking stocks offset gains in commodity-linked stocks and an upbeat sales forecast from Unilever..




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Reporting by Muhammed Husain in Bengaluru

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