NORDIC STOCKS - Factors to watch on Feb 13

Wed Feb 13, 2013 2:20am EST

(Adds Husqvarna, updates Telenor, Schibsted, Kvaerner, Stockmann, Storebrand)

HELSINKI Feb 13 (Reuters) - The following stocks may be affected by newspaper reports and other factors on Wednesday:

HUSQVARNA

Garden equipment maker Husqvarna posted a bigger fourth-quarter operating loss than expected at 362 million Swedish crowns ($56.96 million) and said it plans to invest 1 billion crowns in a new production facility in Sweden.

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TELENOR

The Norwegian telecoms operator expects steady growth and improving margins in 2013, after its fourth-quarter profit missed forecasts and it made an unexpected impairment charge on its Danish operations.

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SCHIBSTED

The Norwegian media group said it continued to expect its online business to grow and its print media likely to lose market shares as it posted fourth-quarter core earnings below expectations.

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KVAERNER

The Norwegian oil services firm's October-December operating profit for the quarter fell to 101 million Norwegian crowns ($18.41 million) from 230 million in the fourth quarter of 2011, but beat analysts average estimate of profits falling to 66 million.

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STOCKMANN

The Finnish department store and retail chain owner reported a surprise fall in its quarterly operating profit to 57 million euros ($76.75 million), weighed down by weak department store sales.

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STOREBRAND

The Norwegian insurance group posted fourth-quarter earnings below expectations and cut its target for return on equity as it needs to strengthen reserves.

Group profit was 489 million Norwegian crowns in October-December, lagging the mean the forecast for a 593 million profit in a Reuters poll.

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SAMPO

The Nordic insurer, due to report quarterly earnings at around 0730 GMT, is expected to post a fourth-quarter profit of 372 million euros before taxes, up 15.5 percent from a year earlier.

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(Additional reporting by Copenhagen, Oslo and Stockholm newsrooms) ($1 = 5.4872 Norwegian krones) ($1 = 0.7427 euros) ($1 = 6.3555 Swedish crowns)