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Barclays Plc, Charter, Diageo Plc: 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 advanced 44.63 points, or 0.9 percent, to 5,174.25. The FTSE All-Share Index rose 0.8 percent to 2,683.03, while Ireland’s ISEQ Index gained 1.5 percent to 2,417.70.

Barclays Plc (BARC LN): Chief Executive Officer Robert Diamond said the bank is on track to meet its target of achieving a 13 percent return on equity by 2013 even after the government backed proposals forcing lenders to insulate their consumer units from their investment banks. The shares climbed 4.7 percent to 148.3 pence.

Charter International Plc (CHTR LN): The welding and automation-equipment maker has “engaged with Melrose but the ball is now in Melrose’s court,” DealReporter said, citing a source close to Charter. Fulton, Maryland-based Colfax Corp. agreed to buy Charter for 1.53 billion pounds ($2.41 billion), trumping Melrose’s bid. The stock dropped 0.2 percent to 855 pence.

Diageo Plc (DGE LN): Chief Executive Officer Paul Walsh was paid less by the Smirnoff vodka maker last year after getting a smaller amount from a long-term incentive plan. The stock advanced 0.6 percent to 1,195 pence.

Entertainment One Ltd. (ETO LN): The independent film distributor received a number of takeover approaches and may be sold for more than 400 million pounds, Sky News reported, without saying how it got the information. The stock gained 1.2 percent to 163 pence.

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