Aegis Group, GlaxoSmithKline, Lloyds: 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 expiring in June dropped 0.2 percent to 5,837. The FTSE 100 rose 7.09, or 0.1 percent, to 5,855.01 on June 3. The FTSE All-Share Index gained 0.1 percent to 3,058.58, while Ireland’s ISEQ Index declined 0.8 percent to 2,940.5.
Aegis Group Plc (AGS) : The London-based media services company said it has held talks with Ipsos SA about its market- research unit, Synovate. The company confirmed a Sunday Telegraph report that it plans to sell its 500 million-pound ($821 million) market-research unit. The stock increased 0.4 percent to 141.2 pence.
Aer Lingus (AERL) Group Plc: The Dublin-based airline said it “can’t be certain” that it will able to operate its schedule from June 7 because industrial action by some pilots is possible. The stock gained 0.4 percent to 81 euro cents.
Anglo American Plc (AAL) : The mining company may sell a stake in an iron ore mine in Brazil, the Independent on Sunday reported, without saying where it got the information. The stock fell 0.3 percent to 2,940 pence.
AstraZeneca Plc (AZN) : PAI Partners SAS, Cinven Ltd. and Bridgepoint Capital Ltd. may bid for the medical-devices unit of AstraZeneca’s Astra Tech business, the Sunday Telegraph reported, without saying where it got the information. The stock increased 0.1 percent to 3,129 pence.
Aviva Plc (AV/) : The U.K.’s second-biggest insurer by market value will appoint John McFarlane as chairman to replace Colin Sharman, the Sunday Telegraph reported, without saying where it got the information. The stock advanced 0.3 percent to 429.3 pence.
Barclays Plc (BARC) : The London-based lender filed a list of margin assets it is disputing with the trustee liquidating the remnants of Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc.’s North American business. Barclays bought the Lehman brokerage. The bank sent the list of assets to U.S. Bankruptcy Judge James Peck before a June 6 court hearing, according to a filing. The shares dropped 0.1 percent to 265.5 pence.
Debenhams Plc (DEB) : The U.K.’s second-largest department-store owner may buy all or part of Jane Norman Holdings Ltd., the Daily Telegraph reported, without saying where it got the information. The stock retreated 0.4 percent to 71.3 pence.
DS Smith Plc (SMDS) : The London-based paper company hired investment bank Lazard Ltd. to handle the sale of Spicers, its office supplies unit, the Sunday Times reported, without saying where it got the information. The sale would be worth 150 million pounds, according to the newspaper. The stock advanced 0.3 percent to 213.2 pence.
GlaxoSmithKline Plc (GSK) : The London-based drugmaker’s combination of two experimental drugs for advanced melanoma helped almost all patients in its first human study, leading it to launch the therapy directly into large trials needed for U.S. approval. The stock rose 1.1 percent to 1,295.5 pence.
HMV Group Plc (HMV) : The U.K.’s biggest DVD and music retailer is set to agree on a two-year refinancing deal valued at about 210 million pounds with its banks, the Sunday Times reported, without saying where it got the information. The shares sank 4.7 percent to 8.2 pence.
HSBC Holdings Plc (HSBA) : Thousands of British clients of HSBC Holdings Plc who kept money in Switzerland may have their finances investigated by HM Revenue & Customs, the Sunday Times reported, without saying where it got the information. The stock increased less than 0.1 percent to 627.3 pence.
Independent News & Media Plc (INM) : Shareholder Denis O’Brien called on the company to make a statement on the position of Chairman Brian Hillery, who will step down in the coming months, according to the Sunday Business Post.
Separately, the company said there are no obligations arising for it to make an announcement on Chairman Brian Hillery’s position. The shares declined 0.7 percent to 57.2 euro cents.
J Sainsbury Plc (SBRY) : Sainsbury’s Finance, a joint venture between J Sainsbury and Lloyds Banking Group Plc (LLOY), will team with Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc’s RBS Insurance to offer car insurance, the retailer said in an e-mailed statement. The stock advanced 0.3 percent to 339.7 pence.
Lloyds Banking Group Plc (LLOY LN): The sales of branches of Lloyds and Northern Rock Plc will raise 4.4 billion pounds, the Sunday Telegraph reported, without saying where it got the information.
Separately, the bank, which is part-owned by the U.K. government, will continue to cut costs in a bid to improve profitability, Chief Executive Officer Antonio Horta-Osorio said in an interview with the Financial Times. The shares climbed 0.5 percent to 48.74 pence.
London Stock Exchange Group Plc (LSE) : Europe’s oldest independent bourse plans to push its listing offering for smaller U.S. companies once it completes its takeover of TMX Group Inc., the Sunday Telegraph reported, without saying where it got the information. The shares increased 0.1 percent to 972 pence.
Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc (RBS) : Chief Executive Officer Stephen Hester is looking to attract sovereign wealth funds in the Middle East ahead of the government’s sale of the U.K. bank, the Sunday Times reported. The stock slipped 0.5 percent to 41.5 pence.
Southern Cross Healthcare Plc (SCHE LN): The U.K.’s largest care-home operator plans to raise 100 million pounds of new equity, close 200 care homes and change its name, the Sunday Times reported, without saying where it got the information.
Separately, managers at Southern Cross, which said this week it is in financial difficulties, made about 35 million pounds on shares in the care-home provider in 2007, the Financial Times said. The shares surged 5.6 percent to 6.3 pence.
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