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Autonomy, Home Retail, Panmure: U.K., Irish Equity Preview

Oct. 20 (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 fell 38.63, or 0.7 percent, to 5,703.89. The FTSE All-Share Index declined 0.6 percent and Ireland’s ISEQ Index also fell 0.6 percent.

Autonomy Corp. (AU/ LN): The U.K.’s second-largest software company was downgraded to “hold” from “buy” at Societe Generale SA. The shares climbed 1.8 percent to 1,444 pence.

Home Retail Group Plc (HOME LN): The owner of Argos catalog stores said first-half sales fell 3 percent to 2.72 billion pounds ($4.28 billion). Net income was 74.4 million pounds, beating the average analyst estimate of 64.5 million pounds. The shares fell less than 0.1 percent to 219.9 pence.

Panmure Gordon & Co. Plc (PMR LN): The 134 year-old U.K. stockbroker said the indicative conditional proposal from Evolution Group Plc was not in the company’s or its shareholders’ interests and it is “well positioned for the future.” The stock dropped 8.1 percent to 28.5 pence.

Stobart Group Ltd. (STOB LN): The U.K. provider of road, rail, sea and air freight services said first-half revenue from continuing operations rose 12 percent to 243.7 million pounds. The shares advanced 0.3 percent to 156.5 pence.

Tesco Plc (TSCO LN): Chief Executive Officer Terry Leahy sold 764,576 shares priced at 432.26 pence apiece, the company said in a statement. The stock declined 0.4 percent to 431.3 pence.

To contact the reporter on this story: Ben Martin in London at bmartin38@bloomberg.net; Julie Cruz in Frankfurt at jcruz6@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Ben Livesey at blivesey@bloomberg.net; David Merritt at dmerritt1@bloomberg.net.

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