Autonomy, Bunzl, Drax, Game Group, Senior: U.K., Irish Equity Preview
The following is a list of companies whose shares may have unusual price changes in U.K. and Irish markets today. Stock symbols are in parentheses and prices are from the last market close.
The benchmark FTSE 100 Index rose 55.78, or 1 percent, to 5,783.69. The FTSE All-Share Index climbed 1 percent and Ireland’s ISEQ Index advanced 1.3 percent.
Autonomy Corp. Plc (AU/ LN): The U.K.’s second-largest software company said first-quarter revenue rose to $194.2 million from $129.8 million a year earlier. The shares rose 4 pence, or 0.2 percent, to 1,781 pence.
Bunzl Plc (BNZL LN): The biggest U.K. supplier of vending machines said first-quarter revenue fell 2 percent. The stock advanced 9.5 pence, or 1.3 percent, to 765.5 pence.
Drax Group Plc (DRX LN): The owner of the U.K.’s largest coal-fired electricity station is scheduled to hold its annual general meeting. The shares climbed 5.3 pence, or 1.4 percent, to 386.3 pence.
Elan Corp. Plc (ELN ID): The Irish drugmaker said its first-quarter net loss narrowed to $2 million from $102.6 million a year earlier. The stock fell 11.3 cents, or 2 percent, to 5.6 euros.
Hunting Plc (HTG LN): The oil-services company said trading remains “in line” with management’s forecasts. The stock advanced 9.5 pence, or 1.6 percent, to 604.5 pence.
Game Group Plc (GMG LN): The U.K.’s biggest electronic games retailer said Lisa Morgan stepped down as chief executive officer, and Chris Bell, a non-executive director, will become interim chief executive. Pretax profit dropped 28 percent to 84.2 million pounds ($130 million) in the year ended Jan. 31. The shares declined 0.9 pence, or 0.9 percent, to 101.3 pence.
Senior Plc (SNR LN): The U.K. maker of air ducts for Boeing Co. and Airbus SAS planes forecast full-year pretax profit will exceed analyst estimates of 48.5 million pounds. The stock climbed 0.5 pence, or 0.5 percent, to 110.8 pence.
St James’s Place Plc (STJ LN): The wealth manager majority- owned by Lloyds Banking Group Plc said sales of life insurance and investment products rose to 133.3 million pounds in the first quarter from 93.8 million pounds in the year-earlier period. The shares rose 5 pence, or 1.9 percent, to 272 pence.
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