Spain's Banesto shares resume trading sharply higher

MADRID Mon Dec 17, 2012 5:51am EST

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MADRID Dec 17 (Reuters) - Spain's Banesto resumed trading up 23 percent at 3.6 euros ($4.72) per share on Monday after parent company Santander said it would absord the smaller lender.

Trading in both Banesto and Santander was suspended before the market opened on Monday after Santander said it would merge with Banesto, in which it already owns almost 90 percent

Santander said it valued Banesto shares at 3.73 euros per share, 24.9 percent more than the closing price on Friday.

Santander was trading down 1 percent at 5.84 euros per share.

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