June 20 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening higher on Thursday, with futures up 0.20%.

* NATWEST: NatWest has struck a deal to acquire most of the banking business of UK retailer Sainsbury's, the companies said on Thursday, in a deal set to grow the British lender's assets by 2.5 billion pounds ($3.18 billion).

* TATE & LYLE: British food ingredients maker Tate & Lyle has entered into an agreement to buy U.S.-based CP Kelco for $1.8 billion from J.M. Huber Corporation, the company said.

* ENERGEAN: Energean has agreed to sell its assets in Egypt, Italy and Croatia to private equity fund Carlyle for up to $945 million, the Mediterranean-focused oil and gas producer said.

* CMC Markets: Britain's CMC Markets posted a 52% jump in its annual adjusted pre-tax profit, underpinned by strong performance in retail and institutional segments along with cost-cutting measures.

* ELECTION: Election pledges by Britain's governing Conservatives and the opposition Labour Party do not set out how they plan to meet a 38 billion pound ($48 billion) funding shortfall in the National Health Service (NHS) in England, a report said.

* GOLD: Gold prices climbed to their highest level in a week as softer U.S. economic data increased the likelihood of interest rate cuts from the Federal Reserve.

* METALS: Copper prices rose on China's central bank's reinforcement of its easing monetary policy stance, better end-user demand following recent price drops, and supply concerns.

* EX-DIVS: British Land, Experian, Persimmon, Airtel Africa will trade without entitlement to its latest dividend pay-out on Thursday, along with United Utilities, 3i Group, Tate & Lyle and Mitie Group .

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