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Tuesday 02nd of December 2008
July 10, 2006

Eurofirst up by 0.4 percent


by Elaine Frei

In Europe on Monday, the FTSE Eurofirst 300 added 0.4 percent to 1,321.04 as quarterly earnings reports began to be issued by European companies.

French property group Unibail added 1.7 percent to €135.10 ahead of its half-year earnings report, due later in the month. Merrill Lynch upgraded Unibail to “buy” based on the upward trend of office rents in Paris and issued a target share price of €150.

In the semiconductors sector, STMicroelectronics dropped 0.4 percent to €12.20 after a downgrade from “buy” to “neutral” and a decrease in its target share price from UBS. On the other hand, UBS reissued “buy” ratings for both ASML and Phillips Electronics. ASML added 0.5 percent to €15.44, while Phillips was up 1.1 percent to €23.96. Elsewhere, Infineon gained 1.7 percent to €8.98.

The oil sector saw declines as crude oil prices fell from record highs last week. OMV was down 1.8 percent to €47.71, while Statoil dropped 1.9 percent to NKr183.50.

In the pharmaceuticals sector, Roche added 0.6 percent to SFr207.20 after it said that it has filed with European regulators to gain approval for its drug Avastin for use against breast cancer. In addition, the way was cleared via a ruling from the International Trade Commission for Roche to apply for US approval for CERA, an experimental anemia drug.

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