Premier Farnell, Standard Chartered, HMV May Be Active: U.K. Stock 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 fell 13.92, or 0.2 percent, to 5,794.53. The FTSE All-Share Index declined 0.3 percent, while Ireland’s ISEQ Index rose 0.6 percent.

Ashtead Group Plc (AHT LN): The third-largest U.S. and U.K. construction equipment-rental company said second-quarter pretax earnings climbed 49 percent to 18.1 million pounds ($28.7 million), bolstered by a larger fleet of equipment and higher yields. The stock fell 4.2 percent to 143.7 pence.

DS Smith Plc (SMDS LN): The owner of the Spicers office products brand said first-half net income rose to 27.5 million pounds from 23.4 million pounds a year earlier. The shares advanced 2.3 percent to 192.2 pence.

HMV Group Plc (HMV LN): The company’s loss for the first six months of the year widened to 31.3 million pounds as revenue fell to 749.5 million pounds, the company said today in a statement. The shares fell 0.6 percent to 43.75 pence.

Premier Farnell Plc (PFL LN): The U.K. supplier of electronic components said sales for the third quarter rose to 251.3 million pounds. The shares retreated 0.5 percent to 303 pence.

Standard Chartered Plc (STAN LN): The U.K. bank that gets more than three quarters of earnings from Asia forecast record full-year profit even as expansion and increased regulatory scrutiny drives costs higher. The shares gained 2 percent to 1,878 pence.

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