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PARIS (Reuters) – Stocks to watch on Thursday on the Paris Stock Exchange and in Europe as futures point to a lower open:
* DASSAULT SYSTÈMES DAST.PA said Thursday it aims for continued growth in 2022, after seeing non-IFRS net EPS rise 26% in 2021 on the back of strong business momentum.
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* PUBLICIS PUBP.PA said Thursday it expects organic growth of 4% to 5% this year, reporting eligible annual results as records and higher than those before the pandemic. nS8N2PX02E
* THALES TCFP.PA said Wednesday evening that it “is likely to be interested in any cybersecurity assets that will be available for sale,” explaining that it had not been in discussion with ATOS ATOS.PA on the matter, following information from Reuters according to which it is considering an offer with financial investors.
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*ORPEA ORP.PA – Orpea’s new CEO Philippe Charrier, during a hearing Wednesday before the Social Affairs Committee of the National Assembly, denounced the allegations made according to him in a book on the management of nursing homes in France.
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* VALNEVA VLS.PA on Thursday posted a 216% increase in total revenue in 2021, to €348.1 million, and is targeting total revenue between €430 and €590 million for the 2022 fiscal year.
* AB SCIENCE ABS.PA – The group announced on Wednesday that, after France, it had received authorization from the Swedish Health Agency to start a phase III study evaluating macitinib in patients with multiple sclerosis.
* INFINEON IFXGn.DE, the world’s leading provider of chips to the auto industry, has raised its revenue target for 2022 amid strong demand for semiconductors.
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* ROCHE ROG.S – The Swiss pharmaceutical giant said sales growth is expected to slow this year due to lower demand for COVID-19 treatments and tests. The title lost 1.4% in pre-market trading.
* SHELL SHEL.L on Thursday announced an increase in its dividend and share buyback program after reporting stronger-than-expected earnings growth for the fourth quarter to $6.4 billion ($5.7 billion) thanks to an increase in oil and natural gas prices.
* ABB ABBN.S reported better-than-expected fourth-quarter earnings on Thursday on the back of a surge in demand but the Swiss industrial group remains constrained by ongoing disruptions in the supply chain.
* Nokia – The Finnish telecom equipment group said on Thursday it expects to increase its annual revenue and long-term profit margins.
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* BBVA BBVA.MC Thursday reported fourth-quarter net profit growth thanks to good performance in Mexico and its main market and lower provisions.
* ING Bank INGA.AS, the leading bank in the Netherlands, on Thursday reported a less-than-expected increase in its quarterly profit before tax, to 1.33 billion euros.
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* DASKE BANK DASKE.CO expects full-year profit increase after better-than-expected net profit in the fourth quarter, supported by customer activity and cost reductions.
* NORDEA BANK NDAFI.HE on Thursday announced new targets for return on equity (RoE), above 13% for 2025 and above 11% for this year.
* BT BT.L announced Thursday that it is in exclusive discussions with Discovery DISCA.O to create a joint venture with BT Sport and Eurosport. The group also announced a 2% decrease in its turnover over a nine-month period.
* SIEMENS GAMESA SGREN.MC – The wind turbine maker announced on Wednesday the appointment of its new CEO, Jochen Eckholt, for the second time in less than two years and days after issuing a new profit warning. The group also confirmed its annual forecast.
* SIEMENS HEALTHINEERS SHLG.DE raised its targets for 2022, after publishing higher-than-expected quarterly results thanks to increased demand for rapid COVID-19 tests.
* HEIDELBERGCEMENT HEIG.DE CEO told Reuters it can match or even improve its performance this year and is likely to unveil more ambitious targets for reducing carbon dioxide emissions on Investor Day in May.
* SWATCH UHR.S announced on Wednesday that the Swiss watch company’s board of directors will propose a dividend increase at the group’s annual general meeting on May 24.
*VOLKSWAGEN VOWG_p.DE will be able to build 1 million electric cars annually in China by 2023 thanks to a new plant in Anhui province, Volkswagen’s brand chief told the Nikkei newspaper on Wednesday.
* Husqvarna reported lower-than-expected fourth-quarter operating losses and record full-year profit on Thursday, but cautioned that it expects constraints in global supply chains and shortages in 2022.
* KERING PRTP.PA – Jefferies lowers its recommendation to “Hold” vs. “Buy”.
* L’Oreal – Credit Suisse raised its recommendation to “neutral” against “underperformance”.
* DANONE DANO.PA – Credit Suisse begins its follow-up with a “Neutral” recommendation.
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(Writing by Claude Shingo and Letitia Volga, Editing by Blandin Hinault)