BSkyB, Carphone Warehouse, 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. Stock symbols are in parentheses and prices are from the last market close.

The benchmark FTSE 100 Index (UKX) rose 113.82, or 2 percent, to 5,862.79. The FTSE All-Share Index (ASX) advanced 1.9 percent and Ireland’s ISEQ Index (ISEQ) also climbed 1.9 percent.

Avocet Mining Plc (AVM) : The U.K.-based gold miner said it returned to profit in the three months through September, posting net income of $11.3 million, compared with a loss of $3.4 million a year earlier. The shares rose 7.3 percent to 188.5 pence.

British Sky Broadcasting Group Plc (BSY) : Rupert Murdoch-led News Corp. and the U.K.’s largest pay-television operator need to respond to U.K. regulator Ofcom’s request for information on their proposed merger by Nov. 19, Ofcom said in a statement. BSkyB shares advanced 0.8 percent to 711.5 pence.

Carphone Warehouse Group Plc (CPW LN): The mobile-phone retailer raised its annual profit guidance and said it plans to pay a dividend after first-half profit tripled as consumers bought more expensive smartphones. The stock fell 0.3 percent to 308 pence.

Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc (RBS LN): The U.K.’s biggest government-owned bank said third-quarter operating profit was 726 million pounds ($1.2 billion). Its net loss narrowed to 1.15 billion pounds in the third quarter from 1.8 billion pounds in the year-earlier period as impairments declined. Impairments totaled 1.95 billion pounds in the period. The shares gained 4.4 percent to 47.14 pence.

Smith & Nephew Plc (SN/) : Europe’s largest maker of shoulder and knee implants third-quarter earnings per share rose to 15.4 cents from 14.5 cents a year ago as sales increased, the company said today in a Regulatory News Service statement. The shares rose 1.1 percent to 558.5 pence.

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