Air Liquide, Camaieu, HighCo and Mersen May Move: French Equity Preview

The following is a list of companies whose shares may have unusual price changes in Paris. Stock symbols are in parentheses after company names. Share prices are from the last close.

France’s CAC 40 Index fell 0.6 percent to 3,487.01 in Paris on Aug. 30. The SBF 120 Index also slid 0.5 percent.

Air Liquide SA (AI FP): The world’s biggest producer of industrial gases, said it is investing about 60 million euros in new production units in three countries in the Middle East. The shares slid 0.9 percent to 81.67 euros.

Camaieu SA (AMA FP): The designer and marketer of women’s clothing said first-half net income rose 4.8 percent to 32.7 million euros. The shares rose 5.7 percent to 158.5 euros.

Entrepose Contraction SA (ENTC FP): The contractor for oil and gas production said first-half net rose 56 percent to 21.2 million euros. The company said the trend for the full-year remains “good,” although adding that decisions on new projects are taking a longer time. The shares advanced 0.4 percent to 75.68 euros.

HighCo SA (HCO FP): The marketing and consulting company said first-half net rose 20 percent to 6.6 million euros. HighCo said it expects to see growth in its like-for-like gross profit margin of more than 4.5 percent and an improvement of 80 to 100 basis points in the full-year operating margin. The shares increased 3.3 percent to 8.08 euros.

Mersen (MRN FP): The world’s biggest maker of brushes for electrical motors, said it remains “wary” about the chances for economic recovery, after first-half profit rose 26 percent, helped by rebounding sales in Asia. Shares rose 3 percent to 28.19 euros.

Naturex (NXR FP): The producer of vegetable extracts, said first-half net profit jumped to 7.8 million euros from 4.4 million euros in the year-earlier period. The shares advanced 0.2 percent to 31.15 euros.

Parsys (PSY FP): The computer services company said third- quarter sales fell 14 percent to 1.2 million euros. The shares were unchanged at 2.05 euros.

Seche Environnement SA (SCHP FP): The waste-management services company said first-half net fell 13 percent to 8.7 million euros. The company said it sees full-year revenue rising 7 percent, and reiterated its outlook for 2010. The shares slipped 0.4 percent to 53.50 euros.

Sword Group (SWP FP): The technology services company said first-half net income rose to 10.7 million euros from 9.4 million euros. The shares declined almost 1 percent to 25.65 euros.

Vetoquinol SA (VETO FP): The veterinary pharmaceutical company said first-half net rose 25 percent to 11.6 million euros. The shares fell 0.8 percent to 27 euros.

To contact the reporter on this story: Vidya Root in Paris at vroot@bloomberg.net.

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