Accor, BioMerieux, Deutsche Lufthansa: Europe Equity Preview
Shares of the following companies may have unusual moves in European trading. Stock symbols are in parentheses.
The Stoxx Europe 600 Index fell 1.4 percent to 282.72. The Stoxx 50 Index slipped 1.3 percent to 2,676.65. The Euro Stoxx 50 Index, a benchmark for nations using the euro, declined 0.7 percent to 2,923.76.
Accor SA (AC FP): Europe’s largest lodging company said 2010 revenue rose to 5.95 billion euros ($8.02 billion), from 5.49 billion euros a year earlier, and raised its 2010 operating profit forecast to 440 million euros. The shares fell 0.9 percent to 34.67 euros.
Anglo American Plc (AAL LN): De Beers, a unit of Anglo American Plc, probably raised rough-diamond sales by 48 percent last year as demand for luxury jewelry recovered, Rapaport USA Inc. said. The shares fell 3 percent to 3,219 pence.
Austriamicrosystems AG (AMS SW): The Austrian chipmaker whose shares are listed in Switzerland said revenue climbed 53 percent to 209.4 million euros last year and it “sees the current positive business environment continuing in 2011.” The share rose 0.3 percent to 48 Swiss francs.
BioMerieux SA (BIM FP): The maker of HIV and hepatitis tests said fourth-quarter revenue rose to 373.4 million euros from 328 million euros. The shares fell 0.7 percent to 74.50 euros.
BP Plc (BP/ LN): Europe’s second-largest oil company will be able to book oil and gas reserves it finds through an Arctic offshore venture with OAO Rosneft as the two companies start a global alliance, the head of the Russian oil producer said. The stock declined 0.6 percent to 506 pence.
Cicor Technologies (CICN SW): The Swiss circuit-board maker’s microelectronics division won three orders worth a total of 3 million euros. The orders are for the manufacture of highly specialized microelectronic modules for position sensor systems to be used in the defense industry, Cicor said. The stock fell 0.4 percent to 46.15 francs.
Cie. Maritime Belge SA (CMB BB): The owner of dry-bulk shipping company Bocimar International NV may say after the close of trading that fourth-quarter earnings before interest and tax declined to 23.7 million euros, according to the average of two analyst estimates compiled by Bloomberg. The shares increased 0.2 percent to 23.10 euros.
Deutsche Lufthansa AG (LHA GY): The airline reached an agreement with a cabin-crew union representing about 16,000 employees that includes a 22-month pay freeze ending Dec. 31, and a one-time payment of 1,000 euros ($1,346) in March. The shares dropped 3.6 percent to 16.09 euros.
EDF SA (EDF FP): France’s largest utility entered an agreement with Alstom SA (ALO FP) to participate in a government tender for domestic offshore wind projects. EDF fell 0.9 percent to 32.25 euros. Alstom fell 1.9 percent to 39.86 euros.
Eni SpA (ENI IM): Italy’s biggest oil company, said natural-gas flows through a pipeline from Tunisia haven’t been affected by unrest in the North African state. “Our activities in Tunisia are normal,” Eni said in an e-mailed statement. The shares fell 0.7 percent to 17.43 euros.
Feintool International Holding AG (FTON SW): The Swiss metal-cutting machinery supplier’s founder and biggest shareholder, Fritz Boesch, said in a statement that he’s keeping his options open after Artemis Beteiligungen III made an offer to buy the company. Shares rose 1.4 percent to 356 francs.
HMV Group Plc (HMV LN): The U.K. music and DVD retailer has hired KPMG’s debt advisory team to help with a plan that could include renegotiating some of the terms of its credit facilities with lenders, Sky News reported. The shares dropped 2.9 percent to 25.5 pence.
Kesa Electricals Plc (KESA LN): Europe’s third-largest electronics retailer said it signed a 455 million-euro ($613 million) credit line to refinance debt. The shares plunged 9.8 percent to 136 pence.
Kloeckner & Co SE (KCO GY): The German metals trader said it has signed a memorandum of understanding to buy Macsteel Service Centers USA Inc. from Macsteel Global BV and expects the deal to be completed in the second quarter. The shares fell 2.9 percent to 22.29 euros.
Lafarge SA (LG FP): Europe’s most indebted cement producer is drawing interest from buyout firms for its gypsum business, four people familiar with the situation said. The shares rose 0.6 percent to 47.30 euros.
Omega Pharma NV (OME BB): Belgium’s biggest supplier of pharmacy products may say after the market closes that full-year sales rose 4.4 percent to 849.8 million euros, according to the average of 10 analyst estimates compiled by Bloomberg. The shares rose less than 0.1 percent to 38 euros.
Recordati SpA (REC IM): Italy’s biggest publicly traded drugmaker bought the brand and rights to Procto-Glyvenol from Novartis AG (NOVN VX) for countries in central and eastern Europe. The drug is used in the treatment of hemorrhoids and sales from the countries included in the agreement are estimated at 12 million euros in 2011, Recordati said in a statement. The shares declined 1 percent to 6.72 euros.
Royal Ahold NV (AH NA): The owner of Stop & Shop supermarkets in the U.S. may say fourth-quarter sales rose to 6.96 billion euros, the average of eight analyst estimates in a Bloomberg survey, from 6.8 billion euros a year. The shares gained 0.4 percent to 9.74 euros.
RWE AG (RWE GY): Germany’s largest power company sold its 90 percent stake in a planned Romanian wind farm to Sabloal Energie Eoliana Srl, ending its involvement in the 200-megawatt project. The shares declined 0.7 percent to 53.33 euros.
Swisscom AG (SCMN VX): Switzerland’s largest telecommunications company said the volume of its mobile communication network quadrupled in 2010, Handelszeitung reported, citing an interview with Chief Executive Officer Carsten Schloter. Swisscom dropped 0.3 percent to 414.40 francs.
Virbac SA (VIRP FP): The manufacturer of veterinary medicines said 2010 revenue rose to 572.5 million euros from 467.4 million euros. The shares fell 3.3 percent to 111.45 euros.
Volkswagen AG (VOW GY): Scania AB (SCVB SS), which is controlled by the German carmaker, will be called for questioning by a Swedish prosecutor over whether it violated United Nations sanctions against Iraq, Dagens Industri reported, citing an interview with the prosecutor. Volkswagen shares fell 1.9 percent to 116.2 euros.
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