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Anglo, Arriva, BlueBay, Persimmon: 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 today. Stock symbols are in parentheses and prices are from the last market close.

The benchmark FTSE 100 Index fell 60.26, or 1 percent, to 5,723.43. The FTSE All-Share Index declined 0.9 percent and Ireland’s ISEQ Index rose 1.1 percent.

Anglo American Plc (AAL LN): The mining company reported a 23 percent rise in first-quarter iron ore production and said the sale process of its zinc unit was well advanced and highly competitive. The shares fell 56 pence, or 2 percent, to 2,814.

BHP Billiton Ltd. (BLT LN), Rio Tinto Group (RIO LN): Iron ore spot prices, trading at a 21 month-high, may drop about 30 percent in coming weeks on concern China is taking steps to slow the pace of economic growth, UBS AG said in a report yesterday. BHP and Rio Tinto both fell 2.8 percent to 2,118 pence and 3,691 pence respectively.

Arriva Plc (ARI LN): Deutsche Bahn AG, Germany’s state-owned railway, reached an agreement to buy the U.K. transport operator for about 1.6 billion pounds ($2.5 billion). The stock climbed 3.5 pence, or 0.5 percent, to 765.5 pence.

BlueBay Asset Management Plc (BBAY LN): The London-based manager of fixed-income funds said that it had $37 billion of assets under management as of March 31. The shares declined 6.3 pence, or 1.7 percent, to 368.1 pence.

Liberty International Plc (LII LN): Morgan Stanley lowered its recommendation for the largest U.K. owner to “underweight” from “equal-weight.” The shares rallied 4.5 pence, or 0.9 percent, to 519.

Persimmon Plc (PSN LN): The U.K.’s third-largest homebuilder by volume said total sales this year have risen about 20 percent to 1.15 billion pounds and cancellation rates were at “historically-low levels.” The shares advanced 4.3 pence, or 0.9 percent, to 465.7 pence.

Prudential Plc (PRU LN): The insurer yesterday won Hong Kong stock exchange listing committee in-principle approval to trade its shares on the city’s bourse, Hong Kong Economic Times reported today.

Separately, the Financial Times reported that Prudential is planning a secondary listing of its shares in Singapore, citing people familiar with the plans. The shares lost 23 pence, or 3.9 percent, to 564.5.

Rank Group Plc (RNK LN): The operator of Mecca Bingo Clubs reported a 4 percent rise in comparable sales in the 16 weeks to April 18. The shares rose 1.6 pence, or 1.4 percent, to 117.9.

WH Smith Plc (SMWH LN): The magazine retailer reported a rise in first-half pretax profit to 62 million pounds. The shares advanced 7 pence, or 1.4 percent, to 514.5 pence.

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