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BP, Hays, Sonae SGPS, Transgene: European Equity Preview

The following companies’ shares may have unusual moves in European trading. Stock symbols are in parentheses.

The Stoxx Europe 600 Index climbed 0.8 percent to 226.63. The Stoxx 50 Index rose 1 percent to 2,164.23. The Euro Stoxx 50 Index, a benchmark measure for nations using the euro, advanced 0.8 percent to 2,199.98.

Befimmo SCA (BEFB BB): Belgium’s second-biggest real-estate investment fund, said fiscal nine-month earnings before property valuation losses and changes in the value of derivatives declined 16 percent and maintained its dividend forecast. The shares fell 0.1 percent to 55.64 euros.

BP Plc (BP/ LN): Europe’s second largest oil company paid more than $5 billion to 204,434 claimants in the past year from a fund created to compensate victims of its 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, the worst in U.S. waters, according to a summary by claims administrator Kenneth Feinberg.

Separately, BP plans to shut a compressor associated with a coker at its Whiting refinery to fix a seal leak, according to a person familiar with the work. The shares rose 1.5 percent to 396.05 pence.

Cairn Energy Plc (CNE LN): The Scottish oil and gas producer was raised to “buy” from “hold” at Standard & Poor’s by equity analyst Christine Tiscareno. The stock rose 1.5 percent to 293.9 pence.

Distribuidora Internacional de Alimentacion SA (DIA SM): The Madrid-based discounter named Mariano Martin Mampaso as vice chairman of the board. The shares dropped 0.2 percent to 2.61 euros.

Hays Plc (HAS LN): The U.K.’s biggest recruitment company said it inadvertently sent out an e-mail containing pay details of contractors working for Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc. (RBS LN). Hays increased 0.1 percent to 71.85 pence. Royal Bank of Scotland rose 1.7 percent to 20 pence.

Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA LN): The Nigerian unit of Europe’s largest oil company declared force majeure, a legal clause that allows the company to miss scheduled deliveries for circumstances beyond its control, on its Bonny Light crude oil exports after “several pipeline incidents,” the company said in an e-mailed statement. The stock rose 1.8 percent to 1,953.5 pence.

Sonae SGPS SA (SON PL): The Portuguese retailer said net income dropped to 35 million euros in the first half from 41 million euros a year earlier. Sonae said in a filing it expects growing pressure on sales and margins for the rest of the year. The shares fell 0.9 percent to 52.6 euro cents.

Transgene SA (TNG FP): The biotechnology company said it published results of its Phase 1 study on a therapeutic vaccine for patients infected with chronic hepatitis C, and plans to present the initial Phase II data in early November. The stock rose 2.6 percent to 9.75 euros.

Yell Group Plc (YELL LN): The U.K. publisher of Yellow Pages classified advertising was downgraded by Standard & Poor’s because the company may breach a debt covenant. The shares climbed 3.5 percent to 4.99 pence.

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