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PARIS (Reuters) – Stocks to watch on Friday on the Paris Stock Exchange and in Europe where futures are signaling a lower opening:
* BOUYGUES -Bouygues Telecom presented on Friday its new strategic plan, “Ambition 2026”, with the aim of becoming by this date the second mobile operator in France, a major player in fiber in the country and reaching a figure of business exceeding seven billion euros.
* CARREFOUR – The French Ministry of the Economy reaffirmed Thursday evening its opposition to a takeover of the group by a foreign company, after a press article according to which it was ready to examine a firm offer.
* SIEMENS ENERGY – General Electric on Thursday filed a lawsuit against its German competitor, which it accuses of stealing secret information to falsify calls for tenders on gas turbines.
* VALEO presented its preliminary results for the second half of 2020 on Thursday evening, marked by an EBITDA margin above 13.5% and free cash flow of over 1.3 billion euros.
* DASSAULT AVIATION – The Greek Parliament on Thursday approved the purchase of 18 Rafale fighter jets from the French manufacturer for a total of 2.5 billion euros. The contract is expected to be signed before the end of the month by the defense ministers of the two countries. The first deliveries are expected during the first half of the year.
* VINCI – The Vinci Airports branch reported Thursday a 70% drop in passenger traffic in 2020 while citing an improvement at the end of the year in America and Japan.
* TECHNICOLOR has announced the acquisition by Streamland Media of its post-production activity for 30 million euros.
* DAIMLER will cut production and the working time of a second factory due to the semiconductor shortage affecting many other automakers, the Handelsblatt daily reported Thursday, citing sources within the group.
* GENERALI – The managing director of the Italian insurance group, Philippe Donnet, will present a plan to reorganize activities on January 27, we learned on Thursday from two sources familiar with the matter.
* SAP said it expects stable revenue and declining operating income in 2021 after publishing annual results at the high end of its forecast, which it lowered significantly in the fall.
* RENAULT – Goldman Sachs degrades its recommendation to “neutral” against “buy” and lowers its price target to 38 euros against 39 euros.
(Marc Angrand and Patrick Vignal)