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C&C, De La Rue, M&S, Pennon Group: U.K., Irish Equity Preview

May 25 (Bloomberg) -- 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 6.68, or 0.1 percent, to 5,069.61. The index may dip 100 points at the start of trading, according to BGC Partners.

The FTSE All-Share Index advanced 0.2 percent and Ireland’s ISEQ Index fell less than 0.1 percent.

C&C Group Plc (GCC ID): The maker of Magners cider said in a statement underlying operating profit in the year through February 2010 before one-time items was 82.3 million euros ($101 million), “modestly above previous guidance.” The shares climbed 3.4 cents, or 1.1 percent, to 3.286 euros.

De La Rue Plc (DLAR LN): The British printer of bank notes said full-year revenue rose to 561.1 million pounds ($805 million). The stock fell 6.5 pence, or 0.7 percent, to 891 pence.

Greencore Group Plc (GNC ID): The supplier of ready-meals to U.K. retailers said operating profit from continuing operations rose 43 percent to 27.7 million euros in the first half ended March 26. The shares fell 3.5 cents, or 2.7 percent, to 1.25 euros.

HomeServe Plc (HSV LN): The U.K. emergency-repair service provider said full-year operating profit from continuing operations rose 13 percent to 104.4 million pounds in the year ended March 31. The stock rose 18 pence, or 1 percent, to 1,910 pence.

Marks & Spencer Group Plc (MKS LN): The U.K.’s largest clothing retailer said adjusted profit before tax was 694.6 million pounds in the period ended April 3, 2010. The stock advanced 6.4 pence, or 2 percent, to 333.5 pence.

Pennon Group Plc (PNN LN): The water supplier in southwest England said underlying profit before tax rose 14.2 percent last year. The shares climbed 6.6 pence, or 1.4 percent, to 489.5 pence.

Prudential Plc (PRU LN): Executive director Michael McLintock won’t buy his full allocation of stock in the U.K. insurer’s $21 billion share sale to fund buying American International Group Inc.’s main Asian unit, Sky News reported. Prudential shares declined in their first day of trading in Honk Kong. The stock rose 13 pence, or 2.5 percent, to close at 530 pence in London.

Victrex Plc (VCT LN): The U.K. maker of heat-resistant plastics for the automotive and energy industries said net income in the first half of its fiscal year rose to 22.2 million pounds. The stock rose 15 pence, or 1.6 percent, to 952 pence.

To contact the reporter on this story: Ben Martin in London

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