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AstraZeneca, Barclays, Aviva: U.K., Irish Equity Market Preview

The following is a list of companies that may have unusual share-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) gained 32.21, or 0.5 percent, to 5,996.01. The FTSE All-Share Index (ASX) advanced 0.6 percent, while Ireland’s ISEQ Index rose 0.4 percent.

3i Group Plc (III) : The U.K. private equity investor plans to sell Shearings Group, a U.K. company that operates coaches and resort hotels, in an auction for about 40 million pounds ($65 million), the Sunday Telegraph reported, without saying where it got the information. PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP will conduct the sale, the newspaper said. The stock climbed 1.5 percent to 268 pence.

Alliance Trust Plc (ATST) : Chief Executive Officer Katherine Garrett-Cox will meet activist investors Laxey Partners Ltd. and Elliott International as she seeks support for her business plan, the Sunday Telegraph said. The stock gained 0.8 percent to 376.6 pence.

AstraZeneca Plc (AZN) : AstraZeneca Plc’s sales of its Astra Tech business, a Swedish unit that makes dental implants and medical devices, has attracted bids from more than 10 companies, the Mail on Sunday reported, without saying where it got the information. The shares rose 1.1 percent to 3,015.5 pence.

Aveva Group Plc (AVV) : The software company predicted that its full-year results will match its previous forecast. The shares dropped 0.3 percent to 1,593 pence.

Aviva Plc (AV/) : Clayton Dubilier & Rice LLC may bid for Aviva’s RAC roadside recovery service, the Sunday Times reported, without saying how it got the information. The shares dropped 0.3 percent to 434.9 pence.

Barclays Plc (BARC) : A group of Barclays investors, which together hold more than 10 percent of its equity, have told the board they would prefer the British bank to be domiciled outside the U.K., the Sunday Telegraph reported.

Separately, the Financial Times reported that Barclays will name Naguib Kheraj as vice chairman next week, four years after the executive left the bank. The stock fell 0.1 percent to 301.7 pence.

BP Plc (BP/) : The oil producer’s 10 biggest investors want the company to sell as much as half of its assets, expanding an existing $30 billion asset-sale program, the Sunday Times reported, citing an unidentified shareholder in the group. The shares dropped 0.9 percent to 455.8 pence.

BT Group Plc (BT/A) (BT/A LN): Britain’s largest phone company will expand in Germany as the country’s demand for video conferencing and computing power has increased, Karsten Lereuth, chief executive officer of the company’s German operations, said in an interview with Euro am Sonntag. The shares rose 2 percent to 192 pence.

C&C Group Plc (GCC) : The Irish maker of Magners cider will drop its sponsorship of rugby union’s Celtic League, the Sunday Times said, citing an unidentified spokesman. The stock climbed 0.5 percent to 3.33 euros.

Eurasian Natural Resources Corp. (ENRC LN): The mining company held an emergency board meeting amid a split between directors, The Daily Telegraph reported, without citing anyone. The shares rose 0.6 percent to 914 pence.

To contact the reporter on this story: Blanche Gatt in London at bgatt@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Andrew Rummer at arummer@bloomberg.net

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