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Lagardere, Eiffage, Maurel & Prom: French Equity Preview

Sept. 1 (Bloomberg) -- The following is a list of companies whose shares may have unusual price changes in Paris. Stock symbols are in parentheses after company names and prices are from the last close.

France’s benchmark CAC 40 Index rose 3.1 percent to 3,256.76. The SBF120 Index increased 3.1 percent to 2,493.66.

April Group (APR FP): The Lyon-based insurance broker said first-half net income fell to 29.5 million euros from 40.5 million euros in the year-earlier period. The shares rose 3.1 percent to 14.59 euros.

Bongrain SA (BH FP): The cheese and food producer said first-half net rose to 39 million euros from 37.3 million euros. The shares rose 4.4 percent to 58.45 euros.

Mr Bricolage (MRB FP): The seller of home improvement products said first-half net was 7.9 million euros from a restated 7.7 million euros in the year-ago period. The shares rose 0.3 percent to 11.29 euros.

Eiffage SA (FGR FP): The French construction company said it had first-half net income 43 million euros, down from 70 million euros a year earlier. The shares rose 7.5 percent to 33.9 euros.

Etablissements Maurel & Prom SA (MAU FP): The French oil explorer reported a 76 percent rise in first-half profit to 90 million euros as production increased in Gabon and Nigeria. The shares rose 1.3 percent to 14.48 euros.

Fleury Michon SA (FLE FP): The food processing company said its first-half net income fell to 4.6 million euros from 9.5 million euros. The company said it sees a toughening of the market in the second half. The shares fell 0.6 percent to 31.01 euros.

Guyenne & Gascogne SA (GG FP): The supermarket operator posted a first-half loss of 1.34 million euros versus a profit of 6.38 million euros. The stock rose 3.4 percent to 88.75 euros.

Lagardere SCA (MMB FP): France’s biggest publisher said net income adjusted for some items declined to 57 million euros ($82 million) from 97 million euros a year earlier. Tax charges tripled to 66 million euros. The shares rose 2.3 percent to 23.81 euros.

Mauna Kea Technologies (MKEA FP): the French medical imaging company said its first-half loss widened to 3.15 million euros from a year-earlier loss of 2.06 million euros. The shares rose 0.9 percent to 14.2 euros.

Mersen (MRN FP): The world’s biggest maker of brushes for electrical motors said first-half profit rose 90 percent and raised its full-year target. The shares rose 1.7 percent to 35.22 euros.

Rubis (RUI FP): The operator of oil and gas storage sites said first half net income totaled 36.3 million euros, up from 35 million euros. The shares rose 3.4 percent to 39.92 euros.

Sopra Group SA (SOP FP): The consulting and computer-services company said first-half profit rose to 36.3 million euros compared with 19.8 million euros and sees growth “slowing” in the second half. The shares rose 3 percent to 48.24 euros.

Theolia SA (TEO FP): The French wind-energy company said its first-half loss narrowed after expenses related to convertible bonds fell. The stock fell 1.9 percent to 1.05 euros.

Vranken-Pommery Monopole (VRAP FP): The French champagne maker said first-half profit totaled 0.1 million euros versus a published loss of 0.9 million euros. The shares rose 0.2 percent to 30.01 euros.

To contact the reporters on this story: Jacqueline Simmons in Paris at jackiem@bloomberg.net; Vidya Root in Paris at vroot@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Angela Cullen at acullen8@bloomberg.net

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