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Aviva, BHP, BP, Unilever, Wolseley: 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. Stock symbols are in parentheses and prices are from the last market close.

The benchmark FTSE 100 Index climbed 51.40, or 0.9 percent, to 5,598.48. The FTSE All-Share Index also rose 0.9 percent and Ireland’s ISEQ Index advanced 0.5 percent.

3i Group Plc (III LN): Europe’s largest publicly traded private equity firm is planning a renminbi-denominated fund to invest in Chinese private equity, the Financial Times reported, citing Chief Executive Officer Michael Queen. The stock rose 2.2 percent to 288 pence.

Aberdeen Asset Management Plc (ADN LN): The U.K.’s biggest fund manager said funds under management rose 2.6 percent to 168.8 billion pounds ($267 billion) after higher inflows into equity funds. The company had total net inflows of 600 million pounds in the quarter. The shares rose 4.9 percent to 159.8 pence.

Alliance Trust Plc (ATST LN): The U.K.’s largest listed investment trust said net asset value a share increased 3.8 percent to 392.2 pence in the first six months of the year. The stock climbed 1.4 percent to 336.8 pence.

Aviva Plc (AV/ LN): The U.K.’s second-biggest insurer is in talks with homebuilders including Telford Homes Plc to construct rental homes in the southern part of the U.K. as part of a $1.6 billion investment, the Financial Times reported, without saying where it got the information. The shares rose 0.5 percent to 400.9 pence.

BHP Billiton Ltd. (BLT LN): Sinochem Group, China’s largest fertilizer trader, has emerged as the likeliest bidder to rival BHP’s $40 billion offer for Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan Inc., three people familiar with the matter said. BHP’s shares rose 0.5 percent to 2,009.5 pence.

BP Plc (BP/ LN): The oil company and TNK-BP Holding may advance talks to sell some of BP’s assets in Venezuela, Energy and Oil Minister Rafael Ramirez told reporters in Caracas. Separately, Halliburton Co. defended its cement work on the well that blew out in the Gulf of Mexico, blaming BP’s design work for the biggest U.S. oil spill.

BP’s stock declined less than 0.1 percent to 404.90 pence.

IG Group Holdings Plc (IGG LN): The owner of the IG Index financial spread-betting brand may sell its sports-betting arm Extrabet to Dublin-based SportsSpread for 4 million euros ($5.4 million), the Sunday Business Post said, without citing anyone. The stock advanced 1 percent to 501.5 pence.

J Sainsbury Plc (SBRY LN): The U.K.’s third largest supermarket owner is considering opening stores in China, the Sunday Telegraph reported, citing an unidentified executive. The shares climbed 1.4 percent to 395 pence.

Travis Perkins Plc (TPK LN): The company’s takeover of rival BSS Group Plc has been delayed after the Office of Fair Trading on Sept. 24 postponed the deadline for examining the deal to Oct. 19, the Independent on Sunday reported. The shares climbed 3.7 percent to 854 pence.

Unilever (ULVR LN): The company agreed to buy Alberto Culver Co., a U.S. maker of personal-care products, for $3.7 billion in cash. Unilever’s shares rose 0.2 percent to 1,793 pence.

Wolseley Plc (WOS LN): The supplier of heating and plumbing products reported a 9 percent fall in full-year revenue to 13.2 billion pounds. The company also said Gareth Davis will succeed John Whybrow as Chairman after the company’s annual meeting on Jan. 20. The stock rose 2.8 percent to 1,530 pence.

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