French Stocks: Affine, Peugeot, Renault, Veolia Environnement

France’s CAC 40 Index rose 0.1 percent to 3,725.82 at the 5:30 p.m. close in Paris, adding 1.5 percent this week. The SBF 120 Index also gained 0.2 percent.

The following stocks rose or fell in the French equity market today. Stock symbols are in parentheses.

Affine SA (IML FP) declined 3.7 percent to 16.90 euros after the real-estate company reported a first-half loss of 16.4 million euros ($20.9 million).

Atos Origin SA (ATO FP) surged 7 percent to 35.37 euros after signing a memorandum of understanding with the U.K. government. Atos will complete all its existing contracts, including some that were put on hold during the negotiations, the company said in a statement on its website. Atos has sought to maintain its existing business as Europe’s government have cut back their spending.

PSA Peugeot Citroen (UG FP) climbed 1.8 percent to 23.06 euros and Renault SA (RNO FP) rose 1.8 percent to 35.89 euros. France’s biggest carmakers said they will each reimburse 1 billion euros in government loans ahead of schedule to reduce their interest payments to the French state.

Veolia Environnement SA (VIE FP), the world’s biggest water utility, slid 2.6 percent to 19.81 euros and Suez Environnement (SEV FP), Europe’s second-largest water company, fell 3.1 percent to 13.21 euros after Exane BNP Paribas SA downgraded its recommendation on the shares to “underperform” from “outperform.”

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