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Areva, Total, 1000Mercis, AXA, Crit, Keyrus, Safran: French Equity Preview

The following is a list of companies whose stocks may have unusual price changes in Paris. Symbols are in parentheses after company names and prices are from the last close.

France’s CAC 40 Index climbed 0.2 percent to 3,774.4 and the broader SBF 120 Index also rose 0.2 percent to 2,801.25.

Areva SA (CEI FP): The French nuclear-reactor builder plans to sell a 15 percent stake, worth 2 billion euros ($2.6 billion), by the end of the year, Wansquare reported on its website, citing the company’s head Anne Lauvergeon and Finance Director Alain-Pierre Raynaud. The investment certificates fell 0.5 percent to 326.05 euros.

AXA SA (CS FP): AXA Private Equity wants to raise 1 billion euros for a fund that will invest in infrastructure companies, the daily La Tribune reported, without citing anyone. The shares slipped 0.7 percent to 13.21 euros.

1000mercis SA (ALMIL FP): The Internet marketing company said first-half sales rose 18 percent to 16.1 million euros. The stock rose 7.8 percent to 36 euros.

Groupe Crit (CEN FP): The French temporary-employment company said first-half net income more than doubled to 3.9 million euros. The stock increased 4.3 percent to 20.75 euros.

Evolis (ALTVO FP): The maker of plastic-card printing devices said first-half profit rose to 2.8 million euros from 1.3 million euros a year earlier. The shares added 0.6 percent to 12.88 euros.

Keyrus (KEY FP): The computer-services company reported a first-half profit of 1 million euros, up from a year-earlier loss. The shares closed unchanged.

Orpea SA (ORP FP): France’s largest commercial retirement- home operator said it may announce “significant developments” in October as its industry undergoes consolidation. The shares gained 1.7 percent to 31.36 euros.

Safran SA (SAF FP): The French maker of engines for Airbus SAS and Boeing Co. is nearing an agreement to buy units of L-1 Identity Solutions Inc. for $800 million to $1 billion, a person with knowledge of the matter said. The shares dropped 1.4 percent to 19.97 euros.

Total SA (FP FP): The oil company said that spare oil capacity will decline by the middle of the decade and that there is a strong need for new liquefied natural gas projects to meet demand. The company published a presentation on its website. The shares added 0.2 percent to 39.43 euros.

To contact the reporters on this story: Fabio Benedetti-Valentini in Paris at fabiobv@bloomberg.net.

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