UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Dec 21

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Dec 21 - Britain's FTSE 100 .FTSE index is seen opening 13 points lower at6,699,with futures up 0.02 percent ahead of the cash market open on Friday.

* INTERSERVE: InterserveIRV.L said on Friday it agreed to key terms forits rescue plans with its lenders and was deciding if it could place its RMDKwikform unit in a separate holding company owned by the lenders. urn:newsml:reuters.com:*:nL3N1YQ2QR

* RPC: RPC Group PlcRPC.L on Friday yet again pushed the deadline bywhich Apollo Global ManagementAPO.N must make a firm offer to buy theLondon-listed plastics packaging firm or walk away. urn:newsml:reuters.com:*:nL3N1YQ2RJ

* GOLD: Gold prices steadied on Friday, holding firm near a six-month highstruck in the previous session, as the dollar remained under pressure due to asubdued outlook towards U.S. interest rates and the economy, and investorsshunned risky assets. urn:newsml:reuters.com:*:nL3N1YQ1XN

* OIL: Oil prices climbed on Friday after tumbling 5 percent in the lastsession, with OPEC production cuts that start next month seen being deeper thenpreviously expected. urn:newsml:reuters.com:*:nL3N1YQ0BB

* The UK blue chip index closed 0.8 percent lower on Thursday, after theU.S. Federal Reserve bank dampened hopes for a milder policy outlook and oilresumed its slide. urn:newsml:reuters.com:*:nL8N1YP1RX

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