BP, Icon, Irish Life & Permanent: U.K., Irish Equities 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.

Futures on the benchmark FTSE 100 Index climbed 0.2 percent to 5,819.5 at 7:53 a.m. in London. The FTSE 100 rose 63.83, or 1.1 percent, to 5,853.82 yesterday. The FTSE All-Share Index gained 1.1 percent to 3,048.05, while Ireland’s ISEQ Index advanced 1 percent to 2,868.83.

AstraZeneca Plc (AZN LN): The drugmaker won U.S. approval for its heart drug Brilinta, a potential $1 billion seller that will rival Plavix, the world’s second-best selling drug. The shares rose 0.5 percent to 3,032.5 pence.

BP Plc (BP/ LN): A New Orleans judge denied BP’s request to order the Obama administration to turn over e-mails from four officials to counter claims that the company underestimated the size of last year’s Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The stock climbed 2.5 percent to 472 pence.

Capita Group Plc (CPI LN): The company said first-half underlying pretax profit rose 7 percent to 174 million pounds ($281.6 million) from a year earlier. The shares slid 0.1 percent to 697 pence.

Icon Plc (ICON ID): Chief Executive Officer Peter Gray said he expects business from Pfizer Inc. to normalize from the end of 2012. The shares were unchanged at 16.8 pence.

Irish Life & Permanent Plc (IPM ID): Ireland’s biggest life insurer said that shareholders failed to approve each of the three resolutions proposed by its board at the EGM yesterday. Four additional resolutions proposed by shareholders holding in excess of the minimum threshold were approved. The stock slumped 2 percent to 5 euro cents.

Lonmin Plc (LMI LN): The world’s third-largest platinum producer said total refined platinum production jumped 81 percent to 166,832 ounces in the third quarter. The shares rose 0.2 percent to 1,323 pence.

Kingfisher Plc (KGF LN): Europe’s largest home-improvement retailer said second-quarter revenue dropped at its B&Q chain as Britons spent less amid rising joblessness and government budget cuts. Sales at U.K. stores open at least a year fell 5.5 percent. The shares slid 0.2 percent to 253.2 pence.

London Stock Exchange Group Plc (LSE LN): Europe’s oldest independent bourse said it will “look both west and east” as it seeks growth following the failed takeover of Canada’s TMX Group Inc. The shares jumped 3.4 percent to 1,030 pence.

Mitchells & Butlers Plc (MAB LN): The company said revenue at outlets open at least a year in the nine weeks to July 16 rose 2.8 percent, compared with a 3.3 percent increase in the 33 weeks to May 14. The shares increased 2.3 percent to 290.9 pence.

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