NORDIC STOCKS - Factors to watch on Jan 24

HELSINKI Thu Jan 24, 2013 1:10am EST

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HELSINKI Jan 24 (Reuters) - The following stocks may be affected by newspaper reports and other factors on Thursday:

NOKIA

Shares in the Finnish handset maker may be affected as rival Apple Inc late on Wednesday said its quarterly iPhone shipments lagged market forecast.

Nokia is due to publish its own full fourth-quarter results at 1100 GMT. The firm has already flagged a return to underlying profitability after massive cost cuts and stronger sales of Lumia smartphones.

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KONE

The Finnish lift and escalator maker is expected to report a 12 percent rise in fourth-quarter core operating profit to 261 million euros ($347 million), a Reuters poll showed.

The company is due to publish its earnings report at 1030 GMT.

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METSA BOARD

The Finnish packaging board maker said late on Wednesday it has reached a deal to sell its Alizay paper mill to French state for 22 million euros and would book 16 million euros in special operating income as a result. Metsa had closed the mill a year ago.

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(Additional reporting by Copenhagen, Oslo and Stockholm newsrooms) ($1 = 0.7530 euros)

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