CORRECTED-UPDATE 1-UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Jan 4
(Corrects company name in seventh item to John Lewis from John Lewis of Hungerford)
Jan 4 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening down 37 points, or 0.59 percent lower on Monday, according to financial bookmakers, with futures down 1.28 percent by 0714 GMT ahead of the cash market open. For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on
* The UK blue chip index closed 0.5 points lower at 6242.32 points on Thursday as weak commodity prices weighed on markets in the final quarter.
* SHIRE: Shire appears to be inching towards an agreement with Baxalta, the producer of specialist treatments for cancer and haemophilia, that the Dublin-based pharmaceuticals company has been trying to buy since last summer, The Times reported. (thetim.es/1JSdWAT)
* LLOYDS BANKING GROUP: Lloyds Banking Group is set to become a fully privately owned company by the summer for the first time since its 20 billion pounds ($29.47 billion) taxpayer-funded bailout as the UK sells its remaining 9 percent stake, The Times reported. (thetim.es/1JSec2K)
* TESCO: Tesco Plc's subsidiary in Turkey has decided to hang onto some of its stores instead of selling them to rival Turkish retailer Begendik after their performance improved strongly, it said on Saturday.
* HIKMA: Drugmaker Hikma Pharmaceuticals Plc said it had received the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's nod for its Neostigmine Methylsulfate injection. The company said it had launched the product in the U.S. market. (bit.ly/1RafpdT)
* JKX Oil & Gas Plc: JKX Oil & Gas Plc has urged shareholders to vote against a call by its second-largest shareholder, Proxima Capital Group Inc, to remove seven out of nine of the energy company's directors at a general meeting to be held on Jan. 28. Continuación...