Barclays, Computacenter, Stratex: U.K., Irish Equity 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.

Futures on the benchmark FTSE 100 Index slumped 0.9 percent to 5,840 at 7:43 a.m. in London. The FTSE 100 plunged 61.42, or 1 percent, to 5,929.16 yesterday. The FTSE All-Share Index dropped 1.1 percent to 3,088.28, while Ireland’s ISEQ Index retreated 1.5 percent to 2,900.25.

Barclays Plc (BARC) : The lender’s call-options volume jumped to the highest since February in the U.S. as investors bet that the second-largest U.K. bank by assets will rebound from a two-year low. European authorities will release stress- test results for the region’s lenders on July 15. The stock slumped 3.8 percent to 234 pence.

Computacenter Plc (CCC) : The distributed IT services company said first-half profitability will be “comfortably ahead” of the same period a year earlier. Computacenter also said that trading is “in line” with full-year forecasts. The shares fell 1.7 percent to 460 pence.

Premier Oil Plc (PMO) : The U.K.-based oil explorer said production this year may be less than forecast after an unplanned shutdown at the Balmoral field in the North Sea. Production will average 40,000 to 45,000 barrels a day, compared with a previous estimate of 45,000 barrels a day. The shares fell 1.9 percent to 434.8 pence.

Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc (RBS) : Wells Fargo & Co. and RBS will sell $1.48 billion in bonds backed by commercial mortgages, according to people with knowledge of the sales. The shares slumped 4 percent to 35.7 pence.

Stratex International Plc (STI LN): The London-based mining company called Centamin Egypt Ltd.’s offer to acquire Stratex’s joint-venture partner Sheba Exploration U.K. Plc a “welcome development.” The stock rose 1.2 percent to 8.3 pence.

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