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Michael Page, Scottish & Southern: U.K., Irish Equity Preview

July 9 (Bloomberg) -- The following is a list of companies whose shares may have unusual 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 climbed 90.63, or 1.8 percent, to 5,105.45. The FTSE All-Share Index rose 1.8 percent and Ireland’s ISEQ Index advanced 1.7 percent.

Bodycote Plc (BOY LN): The U.K. engineering company said it has continued to see a “steady and broad based improvement in demand” since its interim management statement on April 28. The shares rose 0.9 percent to 190.7 pence.

Bovis Homes Group Plc (BVS LN): The U.K. homebuilder said it completed 803 homes in the first half, up from 754 a year earlier. The company will resume dividend payments at the end of the current financial year. The shares advanced 3.4 percent to 348.8 pence.

Interserve Plc (IRV LN): The company that maintains the British Army’s training grounds said its performance is in line with forecasts, while reiterating that second-half weighting of profit “will be more pronounced than usual.” The stock climbed 3.5 percent to 202 pence.

Michael Page International Plc (MPI LN): The U.K.’s second-largest recruitment company said second-quarter gross profit rose 33 percent from the same period a year earlier to 111.5 million pounds ($169 million). The shares rose 4.7 percent to 385.8 pence.

Scottish & Southern Energy Plc (SSE LN): The U.K.’s second-biggest power producer is attempting to sell its most prominent asset in Germany, the 288-megawatt Butendiek offshore wind farm, according to the manager of the project. The stock climbed 0.3 percent to 1,181 pence

SIG Plc (SHI LN): The insulation supplier said profit before taxes, amortization, restructuring costs, currency fluctuations and impairment charges for the first half was above market estimates. The shares advanced 4.5 percent to 104.5 pence.

To contact the reporter on this story: Ben Martin in London bmartin38@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Ben Livesey at blivesey@bloomberg.net.

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