Areva, ESI, Heurtey Petrochem, Partouche: French Equity Preview

Shares in the following companies may have unusual moves in Paris trading. Stock symbols are in parentheses and prices are from the last close.

France’s CAC 40 Index (CAC) rose 3.3 percent to 3045.62. The broader SBF 120 Index (SBF120) advanced 3 percent to 2,334.52.

Areva SA (AREVA FP): The world’s largest builder of nuclear plants won a contract to help finish a Tennessee Valley Authority reactor on which construction was halted 23 years ago. Separately, Areva has suspended operations for two months at French uranium processing plants in Malvesi and Tricastin because of a drop in demand from Japanese nuclear facilities, Les Echos reported without citing anyone. Areva shares rose 2 percent to 21 euros.

ESI Group (ESI) : The maker of virtual prototype testing software said first-half revenue rose to 36.6 million euros from 33.3 million euros. The shares increased 1.6 percent to 10.30 euros.

Heurtey Petrochem SA (ALHPC) : The manufacturer of heaters and furnaces for the hydrocarbon industry said first- half net fell to 1.7 million euros from 1.9 million euros. The share rose 1.9 percent to 25.47 euros.

Groupe Partouche SA (PARP) : The gaming company nine- month revenue fell to 354.9 million euros from 360.9 million euros. The shares rose 4.8 percent to 1.98 euros.

Quantel SA (QUA) : The laser maker said first-half net rose to 500,000 euros from 300,000 euros. The shares gained 6.5 percent to 4.9 euros.

Vet’Affaires (VET FP): The distributor of discount apparel swinging to a net loss in the first half of 2.4 million euros, from a profit of 200,000 euros. The shares rose 0.9 percent to 23 euros.

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