NORDIC STOCKS - Factors to watch on Feb 5

HELSINKI Tue Feb 5, 2013 2:37am EST

HELSINKI Feb 5 (Reuters) - The following stocks may be affected by newspaper reports and other factors on Tuesday:

NESTE OIL

Finnish refiner Neste Oil reported a smaller-than-expected rise in fourth-quarter profit as its renewable fuels unit failed to turn profitable as some analysts had expected.

The group's comparable operating profit in October-December rose to 82 million euros ($111.2 million) from 20 million euros a year ago, below all analysts' forecasts.

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YIT

The Finnish building company said it would spin off its European building services unit after reporting weaker-than-expected results for the fourth quarter.

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KESKO

Finnish retail group Kesko reported a stronger-than-expected operating profit for the fourth quarter as cost cuts helped it weather a slowdown in consumer spending.

Kesko, which operates supermarkets and home improvement centres, said its quarterly operating profit excluding special items was little changed from a year earlier at 71.8 million euros ($97.4 million). Analysts on average expected a fall to 64 million euros, according to a Reuters poll.

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ALFA LAVAL

The Swedish engineering group said it expected flat demand in the first quarter after a pick-up in orders at the end of last year.

Adjusted EBITDA fell to 1.32 billion Swedish crowns from 1.39 billion, slightly below the market's average forecast of 1.34 billion.

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TELE2

The Nordic and emerging market telecoms firm posted lower-than-expected results, hurt by lower margins in its Swedishbusiness.

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TDC

The Danish telecom operator reported a fall in fourth-quarter core profits amid intense price competition.

It said revenue fell to 6.55 billion Danish crowns, in line with market expectations.

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(Additional reporting by Copenhagen, Oslo and Stockholm newsrooms) ($1 = 6.2832 Swedish crowns) (Reporting by Helsinki Newsroom)