NORDIC STOCKS - Factors to watch on Aug 8

HELSINKI Fri Aug 8, 2014 1:37am EDT

HELSINKI Aug 7 (Reuters) - The following stocks may be affected by newspaper reports and other factors on Thursday:

NOKIAN RENKAAT

The Finnish tyre maker reported on Friday second-quarter sales and profits below all estimates in a Reuters poll. Its April-June operating profit fell to 91 million euros, compared with the average estimate of 105 million in the poll, where estimates ranged from 98 to 112 million.

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POLARCUS

The Norwegian seismic explorer reported second quarter earnings below expectations on Friday. Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) fell 2.3 percent to $49.9 million, against forecasts for $56 million.

Polarcus lowered its full-year guidance on growing competition and increased market uncertainty, to around $200 million from a previous range of $230 million to $250 million.

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HENNES & MAURITZ

U.S. fashion retailer GAP, a rival to Sweden's H&M, posted late on Thursday a preliminary second-quarter adjusted profit above market expectations.

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(Additional reporting by Copenhagen, Oslo and Stockholm newsrooms) ($1 = 0.7452 Euros) (Reporting by Anna Ringstrom)

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