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FRANKFURT, Jan 23 (Reuters) - The DAX top-30 index looked set to open 0.2 percent lower on Thursday, according to premarket data from brokerage Lang & Schwarz at 0714 GMT.
The following are some of the factors that may move German stocks:
Indicated 0.3 percent lower
Bill Gross, co-chief investment officer of Allianz's Pimco unit, said the firm plans to appoint more deputy investment managers in the coming weeks after the departure of Chief Executive Mohamed El-Erian, Bloomberg reported Wednesday.
Separately, São Paulo-based Itaú Unibanco Holding SA said on Wednesday it will put its high-risk corporate insurance unit up for sale in coming days. Valor Econômico newspaper reported Itaú delivered a sale prospectus to 10 insurers, including Allianz.
TUI indicated 0.2 percent higher
Chilean shipper Vapores said on Wednesday it signed a non-binding memorandum of understanding to take a 30 percent stake in Germany's Hapag-Lloyd, which is 22 percent owned by TUI.
Celesio indicated 1.8 percent higher
The majority shareholder behind German drugs distributor Celesio is in talks to buy the shares in Celesio held by hedge fund Elliott as part of a fresh attempt to sell the company to U.S. drugs wholesaler group McKesson, a person familiar with the talks told Reuters.
No indication available
Goldman Sachs said it intends to place as much as 15.2 million shares or 28.65 percent in real estate group LEG via an accelerated bookbuilding with institutional investors.
Lanxess - Barclays cuts to underweight from equal weight
Rhoen Klinikum - Jeffries raises to buy from hold
K+S - Barclays raises to equal weight from underweight.
Dow Jones -0.3 pct, S&P 500 +0.1 pct, Nasdaq +0.4 pct at Wednesday's close.
Nikkei -0.8 pct at Thursday's close.
January flash PMI due at 0828 GMT. Seen at 54.6 from 54.3 in the previous month. Services PMI seen at 54.0 from 53.5