Burberry, Playtech, SABMiller, Shell: 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.

Futures on the FTSE 100 Index slipped 0.1 percent to 5,123.5 at 7:25 a.m. in London. The FTSE 100 fell 74.75 points, or 1.4 percent, to 5,131.1 yesterday. The FTSE All-Share Index dropped 1.3 percent and while Ireland’s ISEQ Index fell 0.8 percent.

Burberry Group Plc (BRBY LN): The U.K.’s largest luxury-goods maker was raised to “overweight” from “equal weight” at Barclays Plc. The stock added 0.7 percent to 1,218 pence.

Kazakhmys Plc (KAZ LN): The mining company was raised to “buy” from “hold” at Numis Securities. The shares jumped 5.2 percent to 997 pence.

Playtech Ltd. (PTEC LN): The Internet software company that has a joint venture with William Hill Plc may spend as much as 100 million euros ($144 million) on purchases or joint ventures, Chief Financial Officer David Mathewson said. The shares dropped 4.2 percent to 303.25 pence.

Rio Tinto Group (RIO LN): The world’s second-biggest mining company and Mitsubishi Corp. sweetened their offer for the shares they don’t own in Coal & Allied Industries Ltd. by 2.5 percent to take the company private. The stock lost 0.2 percent to 3,500 pence.

Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA LN): Europe’s largest oil company is planning to continue to export Syrian oil in September in the face of new U.S. sanctions and a looming EU embargo, according to Reuters. The stock fell 1.5 percent to 1,943.5 pence.

SABMiller Plc (SAB LN): The world’s second-largest brewer by volume hired 10 banks to raise loans for its hostile $12.5 billion bid to acquire Foster’s Group Ltd., according to a person with direct knowledge of the deal. The stock fell 0.7 percent to 2,108.5 pence.

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