UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Aug 26



Aug 26 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 .FTSE index is seen opening higher, with futures up 0.2% on Friday.

* ENERGY: The cost of energy for British consumers will rise by 80% from October, regulator Ofgem said on Friday, taking average annual household bills to 3,549 pounds ($4,188).

* BP: Most of the units at BP Plc's BP.L 435,000 barrel-per-day Whiting, Indiana, refinery were out of production following a Wednesday night fire, said sources familiar with plant operations.

* MICRO FOCUS: Canadian software company OpenText OTEX.TO , OTEX.O said it would acquire Britain's Micro Focus International Plc MCRO.L in an all-cash deal that values the enterprise software maker at $6 billion including debt.

* ANGLO AMERICAN: Anglo American Chile AAL.L Chief Executive Officer Aaron Puna has resigned from his position and will be temporarily replaced by the head of the firm's Los Bronces mine, Patricio Hidalgo, the company said.

* OIL: Oil prices rose as much as $1 on signs of improving fuel demand, although further gains were capped as the market awaited clues from the U.S. Federal Reserve chairman on the outlook for rate hikes in a speech later in the day.

* GOLD: Gold was subdued, as investors adopted a cautious stance ahead of U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell's speech at a key central bankers' conference, which will be watched for guidance on future interest rate hikes.

* UK's FTSE 100 index closed higher after a boost from oil majors and mining stocks on the back of rising crude and commodity prices, although gains were limited as investors were cautious ahead of an annual conference of world central bankers.

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Reporting by Prerna Bedi in Bengaluru

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