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Bloomberg: Barclays, Friends Provident, Shell: U.K., Irish Equity Preview

By Trista Kelley and Sarah Jones

July 23 (Bloomberg) — The following stocks may rise or fall in U.K. and Irish markets today. Stock symbols are in parentheses and prices are from the market close on July 20.

The benchmark FTSE 100 Index declined 55, or 0.8 percent, to 6585.20 in London. The FTSE All-Share Index fell 25.96, or 0.8 percent, to 3407.79. Ireland’s ISEQ Index lost 140.92, or 1.5 percent, to 9027.31.

U.K. Companies:

Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA LN): Europe’s largest oil company’s plan to drill the deepest offshore Alaskan oil well was halted by a court to allow consideration of the project’s effect on bowhead whales and other animals.

A federal appeals court in San Francisco ordered the company’s vessels to stop operating pending resolution of a request by environmental groups and Eskimo villages to require more research on their impact on marine wildlife. The shares dropped 39 pence, or 1.9 percent, to 2001.

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