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Allied Irish, De La Rue, Ryanair: U.K., Irish Equity Preview

Jan. 17 (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 retreated 0.4 percent to 6,002.07. The FTSE All-Share Index fell 0.3 percent, while Ireland’s ISEQ Index rose 0.6 percent.

Allied Irish Banks Plc (ALBK ID): Banco Santander SA may buy parts of Allied Irish Banks Plc’s U.K. unit, the Sunday Times said, without citing anyone. Danske Bank A/S may also be interested in buying the company’s Northern Irish business, the newspaper said. The stock fell 0.3 percent to 0.301 euros.

BAE Systems Plc (BA/ LN): Three aerospace groups including BAE Systems Plc will compete for a 600 million-pound ($952 million) Anglo-French contract to design and build an unmanned attack aircraft, the Sunday Times reported, citing unidentified people in the defense industry. The shares rose 1.2 percent to 346.7 pence.

BP Plc (BP/ LN): Europe’s second-biggest oil company agreed to swap a $7.8 billion stake in the company for 9.5 percent of Russian state oil producer OAO Rosneft as part of a drive to extract billions of barrels of petroleum from above the Arctic Circle. Separately BP received four permits to explore for oil off southern Australia less than a year after the company’s Gulf of Mexico spill. The stock declined 0.8 percent to 499.50 pence.

Daily Mail & General Trust PLC (DMGT LN): The publisher of Britain’s Daily Mail newspaper was rated new “underweight” at HSBC Holdings PLC. The shares lost 0.7 percent to 581 pence.

De La Rue Plc (DLAR LN): A takeover of De La Rue Plc by Francois-Charles Oberthur Fiduciaire SA would generate more business for the U.K. banknote printer, not a transfer of production abroad, the Observer reported, citing a letter written by Oberthur Chief Executive Officer Thomas Savare to labor leader Len McCluskey. The shares retreated 1.3 percent to 778 pence.

Minerva Plc (MNR LN): The second-biggest developer of office space in central London may attract interest from Blackstone Group LP and British Land Co. after saying it was in talks that may lead to a takeover offer, the Financial Times reported, citing unnamed market observers. The shares climbed 11 percent to 87 pence.

Rolls-Royce Group PLC (RR/ LN): The world’s second-largest maker of engines will supply gas turbines and waterjets for as many as 10 U.S. Navy combat ships. The shares declined 1.4 percent to 654.50 pence.

Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc (RBS LN): The U.K.’s biggest government-owned bank is close to taking a stake in 42 Marriott hotels as part of a debt restructuring, the Sunday Times reported, without saying where it got the information. The stock rose 0.1 percent to 42.68 pence.

Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA LN): India’s Essar Oil Ltd. reopened talks to buy Royal Dutch Shell Plc’s Stanlow refinery, the Sunday Times reported, citing an unidentified company spokesman. The stock fell 0.6 percent to 2,118.5 pence.

Ryanair Holdings Plc (RYA ID): Europe’s largest discount carrier’s policy of forcing customers to print their own boarding passes is illegal, a Spanish court ruled, according to the Guardian. The shares advanced 1.1 percent to 3.85 euros.

Sirius Minerals PLC (SXX LN): Sirius said it acquired York Potash Ltd. and appointed its founder, Chris Fraser, as managing director and chief executive officer of Sirius. The stock was unchanged at 16.75 pence.

Smith & Nephew Plc (SN/ LN): Johnson & Johnson, the world’s largest maker of health-care products, is considering a fresh takeover bid for Smith & Nephew Plc, the Sunday Times reported, without saying how it got the information. The shares rose 0.1 percent to 685 pence.

Smiths Group Plc (SMIN LN): The world’s biggest maker of airport-security scanners rejected a 2.45 billion-pound offer for its Smiths Medical business. The stock retreated 0.1 percent to 1,282 pence.

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