Inmarsat, Shell, Tesco, Vodafone: 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.

Futures contracts on the FTSE 100 Index expiring in December rose 0.1 percent to 5,859 as of 7:04 a.m. in London.

The benchmark FTSE 100 Index rose 12.56, or 0.2 percent, to 5,875.35 on Nov 5. The FTSE All-Share Index advanced 0.3 percent while Ireland’s ISEQ Index fell 2 percent.

Asos Plc (ASC LN): The London-based Internet retailer said sales for the six months ended Sept. 30 rose 45 percent to 139.7 million pounds. The shares fell 1.4 percent to 1,260 pence.

Associated British Foods Plc (ABF LN): The owner of Primark clothing and Twinings tea brands will raise its dividend by 13 percent when it releases earnings on Nov. 9, the Sunday Times reported, citing analyst forecasts. The shares advanced 0.9 percent to 1,071 pence.

BAE Systems Plc (BA/ LN): The Typhoon combat aircraft, which is manufactured by a group of companies including BAE Systems and is already in service with the U.K. and German air forces, is in the running for an $11.5 billion contract from the Indian Air Force, the Sunday Telegraph said, citing an unidentified Indian official. The shares fell 0.2 percent to 341.9 pence.

BP Plc (BP/ LN): The oil company which in June cancelled three quarterly dividend payments is considering reducing the amount it pays out to shareholders, the Sunday Times reported, citing the energy company’s chief executive officer, Robert Dudley. The stock advanced 0.3 percent to 446.35 pence.

Diageo Plc (DGE LN): The world’s largest spirits maker may get the approval of the Chinese government this week to take control of Sichuan Chengdu Quanxing Group, Sky News City Editor Mark Kleinman reported in a blog on Sky’s website, citing people close to the talks. The shares fell 0.7 percent to 1,161 pence.

Great Eastern Energy Corp. (GEEC LN): The producer of coal-bed methane gas in India said gas production rose 22 percent in the six month to September to 4.54 million cubic feet a day. The stock was unchanged at 440 pence.

G4S Plc (GFS LN): The company said it sees “medium-term growth opportunities” in the outsourced government sector that will allow it to grow its market share following the U.K.’s spending review. The stock fell 1.3 percent to 258.1 pence.

Inmarsat Group Ltd. (ISAT LN): The company said third-quarter pretax profit rose 38 percent to $105.4 million. The shares gained 2.3 percent to 675 pence.

Lancashire Holdings Ltd. (LRE LN): The property insurer that first sold shares in London in 2005 said third-quarter profit was $106.0 million, down from a year-earlier $108.7 million. The stock fell 0.9 percent to 578 pence.

Marks & Spencer Group Plc (MKS LN): The retailer’s Chief Executive Officer Marc Bolland may outline plans to double the company’s annual online sales target to about 1 billion pounds ($1.4 billion), Mark Kleinman reported in the Financial Times, without saying where he got the information. The stock declined 1.1 percent to 408.3 pence. Group Plc (MONY LN): The company whose websites allow users to compare finance and travel prices has hired Credit Suisse Group AG as an adviser after receiving interest from potential buyers, the Mail on Sunday said, citing founder Simon Nixon. The shares fell 0.8 percent to 85.65 pence.

Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA LN): Europe’s largest oil company intends to reduce its stake in Woodside Petroleum Ltd. in a $3.35 billion share sale, as part of a continuing effort to sell off assets. The shares lost 0.3 percent to 2,084 pence.

Standard Chartered Plc (STAN LN): The company said about 98.5 percent of its rights offering was subscribed, enabling the U.K. bank to raise 3.29 billion pounds ($5.3 billion) as it seeks to hold more capital and increase lending. The shares gained 0.5 percent to 1,950 pence.

Tesco Plc (TSCO LN): The U.K. food retailer and Singapore’s Dairy Farm International Holdings Ltd. are among bidders to have made second-round indicative offers for French retailer Carrefour SA’s assets in south-east Asia, Reuters said, citing unidentified people familiar with the matter. The stock fell 0.3 percent to 419.65 pence.

Vodafone Group Plc (VOD LN): Vittorio Colao, chief executive officer of the world’s biggest mobile phone company, may signal plans to sell more of the group’s minority stakes in overseas mobile operators when he unveils results of a strategic review, the Financial Times reported. The shares advanced 0.4 percent to 173.9 pence.

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