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UPDATE 3-NORDIC STOCKS-Factors to watch on Aug 21
August 21, 2013 / 5:22 AM / in 4 years

UPDATE 3-NORDIC STOCKS-Factors to watch on Aug 21

(Adds Stora Enso, updates Vestas Wind Systems)

HELSINKI, Aug 21 (Reuters) - The following stocks may be affected by newspaper reports and other factors on Wednesday:


The Finnish paper group agreed to pay $8 million to end a nearly nine-year-old antitrust lawsuit accusing a former unit of conspiring to fix prices for purchasers of coated paper used in magazines and catalogs.

According to a filing with the U.S. District Court in Bridgeport, Connecticut, the settlement resolves claims against Stora Enso and the former Stora Enso North America Corp unit, which was sold in 2007 and is now known as NewPage Wisconsin System Inc after going through bankruptcy.

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The Danish wind turbine manufacturer raised its full-year cash flow outlook after a smaller than expected fall in second quarter operating profit.

Profit before interest and tax fell was 12 million euros ($16.1 million), above analysts’ average estimate of 5.5 million..

It also said it had appointed Anders Runevad as new chief executive.

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The Danish brewer reported a nearly flat second quarter operating profit against analysts expectations of a rise, and kept its full-year outlook unchanged.

Operating profit (EBIT) before special items fell slightly to 3.44 billion Danish crowns ($615.8 million) in the April to June quarter, compared with 3.47 billion a year earlier and below an average forecast for 3.58 billion in a Reuters poll of analysts.

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The world’s largest fish farmer lowered its full-year production guidance but predicted a jump next year and said its ample cash would allow it to raise dividends and make acquisitions.

Its operating profit nearly quadrupled from a year earlier to 901 million Norwegian crowns ($151.6 million), in line with a preliminary 900 million crowns announced in July.

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The Norwegian oil firm reported second-quarter earnings ahead of expectations and said it remained on course to double production at its prize Tawke field in Iraqi Kurdistan.

Middle-East focused DNO said its quarterly net profit reached 280 million crowns after a loss of 176 million crowns a year earlier and beat expectations for 244 million crowns.

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Additional reporting by Copenhagen, Oslo and Stockholm newsrooms $1 = 5.5866 Danish crowns $1 = 0.7448 euros $1 = 5.9453 Norwegian krones Reporting by Helsinki Newsroom

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