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Barclays, Glencore, Mecom, Vestas, WPP: European Equity Preview

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

The Stoxx Europe 600 Index rose 1.7 percent to 264.60. The Stoxx 50 Index added 1.6 percent to 2,500.47. The Euro Stoxx 50 Index, a benchmark measure for nations using the euro, climbed 1.5 percent to 2,515.15.

Barclays Plc (BARC LN): The U.K. bank’s Chief Executive Officer Robert Diamond is set to receive a bonus valued at 2.5 million pounds ($4 million) to 3 million pounds, the Sunday Telegraph reported, without saying where it got the information. The shares rose 4.2 percent to 237.45 pence.

Deutsche Telekom AG (DTE GR): The German broadcaster will bid on its own for broadcast rights for matches in the Bundesliga, Germany’s top soccer league, Der Spiegel said, without saying where it got the information. The shares gained 0.6 percent to 8.83 euros.

European Aeronautic, Defence & Space Co. (EAD FP): The French aerospace company will increase earnings and airplane deliveries in 2012, Chief Financial Officer Hans Peter Ring told Die Welt. Shares rose 6.1 percent to 27.54 euros.

Glencore International Plc (GLEN LN): Chief Executive Officer Ivan Glasenberg may become deputy CEO after the commodity trading company completes a merger with Xstrata Plc (XTA LN), the Sunday Times said, without saying where it got the information. Glencore shares rose 4.5 percent to 482.55 pence. Xstrata advanced 4.3 percent to 1,283 pence.

InterContinental Hotels Group Plc (IHG LN): Chairman David Webster may quit his post after eight years, the Sunday Telegraph reported, without saying where it got the information. The shares climbed 2.9 percent to 1,373 pence.

Iren SpA (IRE IM): The Italian municipal electricity producer may reduce its dividend after a loss related to the sale of Edison SpA’s stake, Il Sole 24 Ore said, citing an interview with Chairman Roberto Bazzano. The shares rose 3.2 percent to 75.55 euro cents.

Ipsen SA (IPN FP): The French maker of a Botox rival expects the loss of reimbursement by the French health system for the drug Tanakan would lower sales of the memory-loss medicine by about 35 percent this year, Chief Executive Officer Marc de Garidel told Investir. Shares rose 1.6 percent to 22.06 euros.

Mecom Group Plc (MEC LN): The newspaper owner’s sale of its Norgwegian Edda Media unit would be blocked in its current form for breaching competition rules, the Financial Times said, citing the Norwegian Media Authority’s Gudbrand Guthus. The shares rose 0.7 percent to 204 pence.

Reckitt Benckiser Group Plc (RB/ LN): Chief Executive Officer Rakesh Kapoor may tell investors the maker of household goods will shift emphasize from Europe and the U.S. to emerging markets, especially China, the Sunday Telegraph said. The shares advanced 2.6 percent to 3,487 pence.

Siemens AG (SIE GR): Europe’s largest engineering company’s energy unit, which has orders of 60 billion euros ($79 billion) on its books, is expecting stable order numbers and a “light” gain in sales in 2012, Euro am Sonntag said, citing an interview with Michael Suess, head of the company’s energy businesses. Siemens shares rose 2.1 percent to 75.70 euros.

Solar Millennium AG (S2M GY): The German renewable energy developer that filed for insolvency Dec. 21 sold its 2.25 gigawatts of U.S. projects in development to Solarhybrid AG (SHL GY). Solar Millennium’s shares were unchanged at 32 euro cents. Solarhybrid’s shares climbed 13 percent to 6.40 euros.

Vestas Wind System A/S (VWS DC): Chairman Bent Carlsen has no plans to step down or change the management at the wind-turbine maker, whose stock lost 65 percent last year, Berlingske quoted him as saying in an interview. The shares rose 14.1 percent to 74.45 kroner.

WPP Plc (WPP LN): The world’s largest advertising company will pay out about $500 million in performance-based bonuses after a “record year” in 2011, Chief Executive Officer Martin Sorrell wrote in a commentary column in the Sunday Telegraph. The shares gained 1.9 percent to 779 pence.

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