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Altergaz, Faes, Ion Beam, Keyware: European Equity Preview

Dec. 24 (Bloomberg) -- The following companies’ shares may have unusual moves in European trading. Stock symbols are in parentheses, and prices are from the previous close.

The Stoxx Europe 600 Index rose 0.1 percent to 281.76. The Stoxx 50 Index increased 0.2 percent to 2,654.80. The Euro Stoxx 50 Index, a benchmark for nations using the euro, fell 0.2 percent to 2,864.52.

Altergaz (MLALT FP): The French natural gas distributor said Italy’s Eni SpA (ENI IM) increased its stake to 55.2 percent. The shares rose 0.1 percent to 60.99 euros.

Banco Pastor SA (PAS SM): The lender sold 50 percent of its insurance unit, the Spanish bank said in a regulatory filing. The transaction will give Pastor a gross capital gain of 78.2 million euros ($102.6 million). The stock declined 0.5 percent to 3.88 euros.

Faes Farma SA (FAE SM): The company won approval to sell its allergy treatment Bilastina in Belgium and Lithuania, according to a regulatory filing. The stock fell 1 percent to 2.91 euros.

Ion Beam Applications SA (IBAB BB): Europe’s biggest maker of proton-therapy equipment extended a radiopharmaceuticals contract with Servicio Andaluz de Salud for an additional four years. The contract is valued at almost 33.8 million euros over the period. Ion Beam dropped 2.8 percent to 8.41 euros.

Keyware Technologies NV (KEYW BB): The Belgian supplier of electronic payment terminals said it will be profitable in the current quarter and reiterated its forecast for a full-year profit. Keyware rose 0.7 percent to 1.52 euros.

Sword Group (SWP FP): The consulting services company said it won a contract from UEFA worth “several million” Swiss francs. The shares rose 0.2 percent to 22.64 euros.

Technicolor (TCH FP): The production, postproduction and distribution services provider said it had received a binding offer from Germany’s Parter Capital Group for its transmission group. The shares fell 1.3 percent to 4.08 euros.

To contact the reporter on this story: Nikolaj Gammeltoft in New York at ngammeltoft@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Nick Baker at nbaker7@bloomberg.net

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