Barclays, Colt, Heritage, Rentokil: 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 rose 31.23, or 0.6 percent, to 5,617.84. The FTSE All-Share Index advanced 0.6 percent and Ireland’s ISEQ Index climbed 3.5 percent.

Barclays Plc (BARC LN): The U.K.’s third-largest bank by assets said profit rose 29 percent in the first quarter, lifted by investment banking revenue and falling impairments. The shares rose 9.25 pence, or 2.6 percent, to 361.25 pence.

Colt Telecom Group SA (COLT LN): The provider of networking and data services said first-quarter sales fell to 396 million euros from last year’s 416.2 million euros. The stock fell 1.6 pence, or 1.3 percent, to 124.4 pence.

Heritage Oil Plc (HOIL LN): The U.K. explorer said its full-year loss narrowed to $39.3 million from $46.2 million in 2008. The company, which expects to complete the sale of its Ugandan interests in the first half, plans to drill an exploration well in Malta in the fourth quarter. The stock declined 9.4 pence, or 2 percent, to 453 pence.

Pearson Plc (PSON LN): The owner of the Financial Times reported a 7 percent rise in first-quarter revenue to 1.08 billion pounds. The stock advanced 38 pence, or 3.8 percent, to 1,050.

Rentokil Initial Plc (RTO LN): The world’s largest pest-control company said first-quarter revenue fell to 607.3 million pounds. The shares fell 0.6 pence, or 0.5 percent, to 132.9.

WPP Plc (WPP LN): The world’s largest advertising company posted a 1.8 percent fall in first-quarter revenue to 2.08 billion pounds ($3.19 billion). Sales had been predicted at 2.05 billion pounds, according to estimates of analysts surveyed by Bloomberg. The shares climbed 18.5 pence, or 2.8 percent, to 691.5.

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