Bank of Ireland, FirstGroup, RBS: 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 (UKX) rose 58.32, or 1 percent, to 5,723.65. The FTSE All-Share Index (ASX) advanced 1.1 percent and Ireland’s ISEQ Index (ISEQ) climbed 2.8 percent.

Bank of Ireland Plc (BKIR ID): Ireland’s government is in talks to take a 35 percent stake in Bank of Ireland (BKIR) as part of the lender’s 3.4 billion euros capital raising plan, the Sunday Times reported, without saying where it got the information. The stock fell 1 cent, or 0.6 percent, to 1.80 euros.

C&C Group Plc (GCC) : The maker of Magners cider is preparing to sell its spirits and liqueur division in a transaction that would value the unit at more than 200 million euros, the Sunday Business Post reported, citing unidentified people. The shares rose 0.8 cents, or 0.2 percent, to 3.44 euros.

Carphone Warehouse Group Plc (CPW) : The mobile-phone retailer is scheduled to report earnings. The stock advanced 4 pence, or 2.1 percent, to 194.75 pence.

FirstGroup Plc (FGP) : The U.K.’s biggest train operator plans to sell its rail freight unit, the Sunday Times reported, without citing sources. The shares climbed 9.7 pence, or 2.5 percent, to 395.9 pence.

Home Retail Group Plc (HOME) : The owner of the U.K.’s Argos catalog stores will signal this week that it will use some of its 400 million pounds of cash to buy back shares, the Financial Times reported. The stock advanced 6.8 pence, or 2.4 percent, to 294.8 pence.

Horizon Acquisition Company Plc (HZN LN): Hugh Osmond’s venture has bid for U.K. house builder Crest Nicholson, the Sunday Times reported, without saying where it got the information. The shares were unchanged at 997.5 pence.

ITV Plc (ITV) : The U.K.’s largest private television company may bid for rival channel Five, the Sunday Times reported, without citing anyone. The stock climbed 2.55 pence, or 3.8 percent, to 69.5 pence.

Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc (RBS LN): Britain’s biggest state-owned bank will raise the share price target that triggers executive bonus payments, the Sunday Telegraph reported, without citing anyone. The shares rose 1.95 pence, or 3.6 percent, to 55.80 pence.

SSL International Plc (SSL LN): The maker of Durex condoms is bidding for Sara Lee Corp.’s Kiwi shoe polish unit, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing unidentified people familiar with the matter. The stock advanced 1.5 pence, or 0.2 percent, to 868 pence.

Telecity Group Plc (TCY) : The U.K. data-center operator is due to release an interim management statement. The shares fell 1.5 pence, or 0.4 percent, to 420 pence.

U.K. Coal Plc (UKC LN): The largest producer of the fuel from British mines is scheduled to report earnings. The stock rose 0.75 pence, or 1.4 percent, to 56.5 pence.

To contact the reporter on this story: Ben Martin in London bmartin38@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Ben Livesey at blivesey@bloomberg.net.

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