Aegis Group, Dana, Phoenix Group: 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. Stock symbols are in parentheses and prices are from the last market close.

The benchmark FTSE 100 Index (UKX) advanced 46.44, or 0.9 percent, to 5,155.84. The FTSE All-Share Index (ASX) climbed 0.8 percent and Ireland’s ISEQ Index (ISEQ) rose 1 percent.

Aegis Group Plc (AGS LN): The world’s largest independent buyer of advertising space said first-half operating profit rose 20 percent, boosted by new orders and a rebound at its Synovate market research unit. The stock advanced 0.6 percent to 111.4 pence.

Dana Petroleum Plc (DNX LN): The U.K. explorer that’s the target of a hostile takeover offer from Korea National Oil Corp. said first-half net income was 31.4 million pounds ($49 million) compared with a loss a year earlier. The shares were unchanged at 1,806 pence.

Davis Service Group Plc (DVSG LN): The owner of Sunlight linen hire said first-half net income rose to 21.1 million pounds from 20.4 million pounds last year. The stock climbed 0.5 percent to 365.8 pence.

Heritage Oil Plc (HOIL) : The U.K. oil explorer said floods delayed exploration drilling in Pakistan into the first quarter as the company reported a wider loss in the first half. The stock fell 0.1 percent to 304.6 pence.

Independent News & Media (INM) : Chief Financial Officer Donal Buggy said operating profit this year may be in the range of 220 million euros ($280 million) to 230 million euros, in line with analysts’ estimates. The shares advanced 6.7 percent to 66.5 euro cents.

Irish Continental Group Plc (IR5A) : Ireland’s largest ferry company said first-half operating profit rose 24 percent to 8.8 million euros as ferry passengers increased.

The company said it remains “cautious” on economic prospects for the second half. The stock rose 0.2 percent to 14.73 euros.

JKX Oil & Gas Plc (JKX) : The U.K. explorer focusing on Ukraine reported that first-half operating profit rose 9 percent to $48.6 million compared with the year-earlier period. The shares climbed 1 percent to 290.8 pence.

Melrose Plc (MRO) : The company which owns the maker of handles for Gillette razors said first-half revenue fell to 675.7 million pounds from 684.7 million pounds for the same period a year earlier. The stock climbed 4.3 percent to 221.6 pence.

Phoenix Group Holdings (PHNX) : The closed life-assurance business formerly known as Pearl Group Ltd. said first-half IFRS operating profit was 176 million pounds. The shares fell 0.8 percent to 663 pence.

Regus Plc (RGU) : The world’s largest operator of serviced offices posted a first-half loss of 7.8 million pounds after restructuring charges. The stock advanced 0.3 percent to 66.25 pence.

Rightmove Plc (RMV) : The operator of the U.K.’s biggest property website said first-half profit more than doubled to 35.1 million pounds as a fee increase in March boosted revenue. The shares rose 4.3 percent to 622 pence.

Salamander Energy Plc (SMDR) : The U.K.-based explorer focused on southeast Asia was raised to “buy” from “add” at Numis Securities. The shares gained 0.7 percent to 216.6 euros.

Shire Plc (SHP) : The drugmaker said the European Commission has granted marketing authorization for Vpriv, its treatment for type 1 Gaucher disease. The stock fell 0.8 percent to 1,376 pence.

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