(This August 1 story corrects first name of Meteo Protect CEO to Gabriel)
* Parametric insurance designed initially for natural
PARIS Credit Agricole , France's second-largest bank by market capitalisation, posted a sharp fall in second quarter profits on Friday, dragged down by a poor performance in its investment banking business.
* Credit Agricole shares fall 4.3%
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PARIS Shares of Societe Generale , France's third-largest bank by market capitalization, jumped on Thursday after it hit its solvency target a year early, easing investor concerns it would have to raise more capital.
PARIS French insurer AXA's net profit fell 17% in the first half of the year after booking charges related to the valuation of its remaining stake in Axa Equitable Holdings and the mark-to-market valuation of derivatives.
PARIS Euronext is looking for opportunities to buy market data or post-trade services providers, CEO Stephane Boujnah said on Wednesday, after larger rival London Stock Exchange said it was in talks to buy Refinitiv in a $27 billion (£22.1 billion) deal.
* Rival LSE in potential bid for Refinitiv market data
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PARIS French bank BNP Paribas posted forecast-beating quarterly profit on Wednesday, boosted by its corporate and investment banking (CIB) business, lifting its share price by more than 3%.
PARIS French reinsurer SCOR , which was the target of a failed takeover attempt last year, said its net profit for the second quarter rose 62% from the same period a year ago, helping the company meet financial targets it set three years ago.