NORDIC STOCKS - Factors to watch on April 24

Thu Apr 24, 2014 1:11am EDT

(Adds Husqvarna, Millicom, Scania and TGS)

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

HUSQVARNA

The gardening and landscaping equipment maker is due to unveil first quarter results at 0600 GMT. Adjusted operating earnings are seen up 25 percent from a year ago to 858 million Swedish crowns ($130.59 million), a Reuters poll of analysts showed.

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MILLICOM

The Stockholm-listed emerging markets telecom operator posts first quarter results at 0600. Group earnings before interest, tax, amortisation and deprecisation are seen rising to $546 million from a year-ago $494 million, according to the mean forecasts in a poll of analysts.

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SCANIA

Swedish pension funds group Swedbank Robur is expected to issue its decision whether to accept or reject Volkswagen's bid for the outstanding shares in truck maker Scania , business daily Dagens Industri reported without disclosing its sources.

The acceptance period ends late on Friday. Robur is the fourth biggest owner with a stake equal to 1.9 percent of Scania capital as per March 31 and its decision is seen as key in deciding the outcome of the offer, which VW has said it will not raise.

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TGS-NOPEC

The Norwegian seismic surveyor reports its fourth-quarter results at 0600 GMT. It is expected to report an operating profit of $82 million, according to a Reuters poll of analysts, down from $89 million at the same time last year.

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ELISA

The Finnish telecom operator, due to publish its quarterly report around 0530 GMT, is expected to report a 10-percent rise in first-quarter profit with the help of cost-cuts and easing price competition, a Reuters poll showed.

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WARTSILA

The Finnish industrial engine maker is expected to report a 24 percent rise in quarterly adjusted operating profit, helped by large deliveries of its ship engines and power plants.

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NOVOZYMES

The Danish industrial enzymes maker is expected to report a 15.5 percent rise in first-quarter operating profit aided by strong sales growth in the United States' ethanol sector, a Reuters poll showed.

The earnings report is expected to be released at 0600 GMT.

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HUHTAMAKI

The Finnish packaging maker is expected to report its first-quarter core operating profit rose 12 percent from a year ago, helped by cost-cuts in its food service disposable business.

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KONECRANES

The Finnish crane maker is expected to report a 5 percent fall in quarterly adjusted operating profit amid slow demand and tight competition at its biggest market Europe, according to a Reuters poll.

The report is due at 0600 GMT.

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KESKO

The Finnish retailer is due to post its first-quarter numbers at 0600 GMT.

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METSO

Finland's Metso, due to publish its quarterly report at 0900 GMT, is expected to report a fall in orders and profit in the first quarter as miners held off from buying its crushers and grinders amid global economic uncertainty.

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RAUTARUUKKI

The steelmaker, which is set to be combined with SSAB , is expected to report first-quarter sales at the same level as a year earlier as European steel demand remained weak.

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AMER SPORTS

The sporting goods company is expected to report its first-quarter adjusted operating profit rose 10 percent from a year earlier, boosted by stronger sales of high-margin products such as clothing.

Amer is due to publish its report at 1000 GMT.

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