Investors combed through only a small group of company results on Wednesday, seeking clues on the outlook for corporate profits in 2014 and on the potential damage caused by sharp currency swings in emerging markets. France's CAC 40 Index rose 0.10 percent to trade at 4,334.95 in the opening minutes of the European session, following the release of France's biggest largest retail banking group, CrÉdit Agricole and Lafarge, one of world`s biggest cement makers corporate earning earlier in the day. Credit Agricole Swings to Profit in Fourth-Quarter French Lender CrÉdit Agricole SA, said on Wednesday that fourth-quarter 2013 net income of 612 million-euro, a sharp turnaround compared with a loss of 3.905 billion-euro last year Results includes a 132 million-euro of net loss on discontinued operations related to the planned sale of the Bulgarian subsidiary and CACF`s Nordic entities, according to the company's statement. Revenues went up 21.9% year-over-year to 4.05 billion-euro on the year, while monthly revenues was reported at 7.96 billion-euro, an increase of 11.7% year-on-year. Revenue at its insurance business also rose 9.2 percent from a year earlier. The group also delivered net income Group share of 1.29 billion-euro in the fourth quarter of 2013, versus a loss of 3.19 billion-euro. Jean-Marie Sander, Chairman of CrÉdit Agricole S.A., commented after announcing the results: "These results reflect an increased contribution from the Regional Banks and a solid performance from CrÉdit Agricole S.A. business lines. Once again, they demonstrate the strength of our retail banking business and related activities and the strength of our Group, which is today the leading retail bank in France and Europe". Credit Agricole said it would propose a dividend of 0.35 euro-per-share, either in cash or shares. Credit Agricole's shares fell less than 0.1 percent in Paris trading yesterday, keeping gains over the past 12 months at 49 percent and valuing the company at 27 billion-euro. As of 03:04 ET, Credit Agricole share was up 1.75 percent to trade at 11.00 euro, after falling 0.05 percent to close at 10.79 euro on Tuesday. Lafarge Fourth-Quarter Profit Surges, Sales Down Hit By Foreign Exchange Cement maker Lafarge SA reported fourth quarter profit that beat analyst estimates at 213 million-euro, up from 83 million-euro last year, benefitting from a rebound in revenue in some markets and the sale of assets in Honduras contributing 172 million-euro. The Paris-based company said in a statement today that sales shed 2 percent to 3.714 billion-euro from last year`s 3.809 billion-euro, affected by foreign exchange, especially in Brazil, India, South Africa and Canada. Earnings before Interest, Tax, Depreciation and Amortization (EBITDA), slid 6 percent to 793 million-euro, yet EBITDA increased 14 percent on a like for like basis. Looking ahead, Lafarge expects markets to increasingly benefit from the recovery in the U.S. and the continuing growth in emerging markets as Europe overall stabilizes. The company proposed a dividend of 1 euro-per-share, subject to approval at the annual general meeting. As of 03:06 ET, Lafarge stock opened at 53.91 euro up by 2.50 percent, following a drop of 3.33 percent on Tuesday, ending the session at 52.6000 euro. Global corporate earnings growth was poised to accelerate in 2014 amid expectations of a higher spending by U.S. consumers and Europe's gradual rebound.