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Barclays, BHP, Compass, Shell: U.K., Irish Equity Market Preview

The following is a list of companies that may have unusual share-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 rose 16.13 points, or 0.3 percent, to 5,948.3. The FTSE All-Share Index gained 0.3 percent while Ireland’s ISEQ Index advanced 0.4 percent.

Barclays Plc (BARC LN): Britain’s third-biggest bank said it wants to keep its headquarters in London after reviewing options including a move to New York. The shares fell 0.8 percent to 283.75 pence.

BHP Billiton Ltd. (BLT LN): The world’s biggest mining company is unlikely to pay the A$47 billion ($49 billion) that may be required to buy Australia’s Woodside Petroleum Ltd., Citigroup Inc. and Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc said. BHP shares rose 1.4 percent to 2,449 pence.

Compass Group Plc (CPG LN): The company said its expectations for the year remain unchanged after a “good start” and is “encouraged by the pipeline of new business.” The shares lost 0.3 percent to 559 pence.

Dairy Crest Plc (DCG LN): The company said trading in the fourth quarter remained “strong” as all five of its key brands showed growth. The shares rose 0.4 percent to 366.5 pence.

Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA LN): The oil producer won a U.S. permit to drill a deep-water well in the Gulf of Mexico where exploration was banned after the BP Plc blowout 11 months ago. The shares slid 0.2 percent to 2,247.5 pence.

ICAP Plc (IAP LN): The a broker of trades between banks said it had a “solid” performance in the fiscal fourth quarter ending today and gained market share in the year. The shares rose 0.1 percent to 537 pence.

London Stock Exchange Group Plc (LSE LN): The bourse said the average daily value traded in U.K. equities rose 2 percent in the 11 months ended Feb. 28. The shares fell 0.5 percent to 838 pence.

Tate & Lyle Plc (TATE LN): The company said it “continued its encouraging progress through the year with operating performance similar to market expectations.” Tate & Lyle also said that increasing corn prices led to an increase in “co-product income” in the fourth quarter. The shares rose 1.9 percent to 559.5 pence.

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