Lanson, Lloyds Banking, Metro: Europe Equity Preview

(Corrects Vivalis item to say company had a year-earlier loss.)

Shares of the following companies may have unusual moves in European trading. Stock symbols are in parentheses.

The Stoxx Europe 600 Index rose 1 percent to 230.64. The Stoxx 50 Index gained 1 percent to 2,179.45. The Euro Stoxx 50 Index, a benchmark measure for nations using the euro, fell less than 0.1 percent to 2,239.14.

Actividades de Construccion y Servicios SA (ACS SM): The Spanish construction company holds an analyst conference at 11:00 a.m. Madrid time after its first-half net income rose to 604 million euros from 501.4 million euros a year earlier. The shares rose 1 percent to 27.75 euros.

Cie. Maritime Belge SA (CMB BB): The owner of dry-bulk shipping company Bocimar International NV maintained its interim dividend at 28 cents a share after saying that first-half net income fell to 19.1 million euros. The shares advanced 0.5 percent to 17 euros.

Financiere de l’Odet (ODET) : The holding company said first-half net income doubled to 222 million euros. The stock declined 0.5 percent to 312 euros.

Haulotte Group (PIG FP): The maker of lifting platforms for building sites said its first-half net loss narrowed to 14.7 million euros from a loss of 16 million euros. The shares rose 3.3 percent to 10.21 euros.

Havas SA (HAV) : The owner of the Euro RSCG advertising agency had first-half net income of 53 million euros, compared with 49 million euros a year earlier. The shares fell 0.2 percent to 2.75 euros.

Lanson-BCC (LAN) : The champagne maker said first-half revenue advanced to 109 million euros from 104.3 million euros. The shares added 3.1 percent to 50 euros.

Lloyds Banking Group Plc (LLOY) : Britain’s second- biggest government-assisted bank has offered to boost deposits at an Internet arm ahead of a sale as it seeks agreement with the U.K.’s Independent Commission on Banking about asset disposals, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. The shares gained 7.8 percent to 32.03 pence.

Metro AG (MEO) : The majority of members on the German retailer’s supervisory board oppose extending the contract of Chief Executive Officer Eckhard Cordes past October 2012, when it expires, Financial Times Deutschland reported, citing an unidentified member of the supervisory board. The shares fell 0.5 percent to 30.05 euros.

Resilux (RES) NV: The Belgian plastic bottle mold maker said first-half net income rose 7.1 percent to 7.57 million euros and forecast full-year earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization will be little changed from last year’s 28.2 million euros. The shares added 1.2 percent to 55.12 euros.

Siemens AG (SIE) : The Osram lighting unit of the German engineer will raise prices for energy-saving light bulbs and fluorescent tubes by an average of 20 percent to 25 percent starting Sept. 1 after costs for rare earth input materials gained, Financial Times Deutschland reported, citing Osram management board member Martin Goetzeler. Siemens fell less than 0.1 percent to 70.35 euros.

Telegraaf Media Groep NV (TELEG) : The Dutch newspaper publisher agreed to buy 200,000 own shares for 10 euros apiece in a block trade as part of a buyback program. Telegraaf Media Groep dropped 5.3 percent to 9.80 euros.

ThyssenKrupp AG (TKA) : The German metal producer that plans to divest its stainless steel unit may move after Moody’s Investors Service said European stainless steel makers may face obstacles to consolidation if they pursue mergers to combat overcapacity. The stock gained 0.7 percent to 22.45 euros.

Uralita SA (URA) : Spain’s biggest maker of building materials reported a first-half net loss of 465,000 euros compared with a net income of 2.7 million euros a year earlier. The shares were unchanged at 3 euros.

Vinci SA (DG) : The French construction company said first-half net income rose 16 percent to 814 million euros. The stock advanced 0.4 percent to 35.54 euros.

Vivalis SA (VLS) : The stem-cell research concern reported a first-half loss of 3.07 million euros, compared with a loss of 5.92 million euros a year earlier. The stock slid 0.6 percent to 6.66 euros.

Zetes Industries SA (ZTS) : The maker of Belgium’s electronic identity cards said first-half net income climbed 20 percent to 2.8 million euros and forecast full-year earnings will be “in line” with last year’s. The shares dropped 1.4 percent to 16.10 euros.

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