UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Jan 17



Jan 17 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 .FTSE index is seen opening 21 points higher at 7,564 on Monday, according to financial bookmakers, while futures FFIc1 marginally down 0.4%.

* CLINIGEN: Britain's Clinigen Group CLINC.L has agreed to a sweetened takeover offer by UK-based private equity firm Triton, valuing the pharmaceutical services firm at about 1.3 billion pounds.

* OXFORD BIOMEDICA: Cell therapy firm Oxford Biomedica OXB.L said its Chief Executive Officer John Dawson plans to retire.

* UNILEVER: Unilever ULVR.L defended its approach for the consumer healthcare arm of GSK, saying the business was a "strong strategic fit" in line with its plan to expand in the health, beauty and hygiene categories.

* TAYLOR WIMPEY: Taylor Wimpey TW.L , UK's third-largest housebuilder, joined bigger rival Persimmon Plc PSN.L in underscoring sustained demand in the housing market after the company built more homes in the country in 2021 than the year-ago period.

* ALPHAWAVE: Semiconductor technology company Alphawave AWE.L reported $25.5 million in fourth-quarter new bookings, taking its total for the year to $244.7 million, which it said was ahead of the target it outlined at its listing in May.

* BARCLAYS: Britain's Barclays BARC.L appointed Duncan Beattie and Duncan Connellan as managing directors for its Australian investment banking arm, to help the bank expand its business in the country.

* GSK: GlaxoSmithKline GSK.L on Saturday said it had rejected a 50-billion-pound offer from Unilever ULVR.L for its consumer goods arm, saying it "fundamentally undervalued" the business and its future prospects and that it would stick to its plan of spinning off the unit.

* OIL: Oil prices rose, with Brent crude futures at their highest in more than three years, as investors bet supply will remain tight amid restrained output by major producers with global demand unperturbed by the Omicron coronavirus variant.

* UK shares slid on Friday, reflecting weak investor sentiment in global markets on fears about faster U.S. interest rate hikes, although data pointing to a much stronger-than-expected economic recovery in November helped limit losses.

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Reporting by Sinchita Mitra and Shanima A in Bengaluru

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