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BSkyB, IAG, Lloyds, Travis Perkins: U.K., Irish Equity 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 FTSE 100 Index gained 16.63 points, or 0.3 percent, to 5,873.21 yesterday. The FTSE All-Share Index added 0.2 percent, while Ireland’s ISEQ Index fell 1 percent.

British Sky Broadcasting Group Plc (BSY LN): News Corp.’s James Murdoch will remain as chairman of the U.K.’s biggest pay-TV broadcaster following a company board meeting, according to a person familiar with the matter. Separately, BSkyB announced a 750 million-pound ($1.2 billion) share buyback and profit that beat analysts’ estimates. The stock gained 0.2 percent to 716 pence.

CRH Plc (CRH ID): Germany’s HeidelbergCement AG, the world’s third-largest maker of cement, said second-quarter profit fell 10 percent as energy costs rose and the company struggled to pass on price increases to customers. CRH, the world’s second-largest buildings-material maker, lost 0.8 percent to 13.64 in Dublin.

International Consolidated Airlines Group SA (IAG LN): The British Airways owner reported an operating profit of 190 million euros ($310 million) versus a 71 million-euro year-earlier loss. Analysts had expected earnings of 166.3 million euro, based on the average of four estimates. The shares fell 0.8 percent to 232.6 pence.

Lloyds Banking Group Plc (LLOY LN) and Allied Irish Banks Plc (ALBK ID): The two lenders are putting U.K. high-street hardware chain Robert Dyas up for sale for about 25 million pounds, Sky News reported, citing unidentified people close to the situation. Lloyds shares advanced 4.1 percent to 45 pence, while AIB’s stock dropped 15 percent to 10.4 euro cents.

Pearson Plc (PSON LN): The education and media publishing company that owns the Financial Times newspaper said first-half revenue rose to 2.42 billion pounds from 2.34 billion pounds a year earlier. The shares rose 1 percent to 1,139 pence.

Rentokil Initial Plc (RTO LN): The world’s largest pest-control company said first-half net income rose to 22.7 million pounds from 22.3 million pounds a year earlier. The shares fell 2.2 percent to 90.3 pence.

Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA LN): Europe’s largest oil company is becoming more confident that it will be able to start drilling for oil off Alaska next year, Marvin Odum, the company’s U.S. president, told reporters in Washington following a speech at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The shares added 0.1 percent to 2,266.5 pence.

Travis Perkins Plc (TPK LN): The owner of the Wickes home-improvement-products chain reported a 21 percent increase in first-half pretax profit to 129.2 million pounds. The stock retreated 1 percent to 927.5 pence.

Vodafone Group Plc (VOD LN): The world’s largest mobile-phone company said it will pay a special dividend of 2 billion pounds in February after receiving is first payout from Verizon Wireless since 2005. The shares rose 0.8 percent to 165.4 pence.

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