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UPDATE 2-NORDIC STOCKS - Factors to watch on Oct 12

HELSINKI, Oct 12 (Reuters) - The following stocks may be affected by newspaper reports and other factors on Monday:

NORDEA NDA.ST

The bank's largest shareholder, Finnish insurer Sampo Oyj SAMAS.HE, is evaluating the possibility of turning Nordea into a regional superbank through a merger with rival Swedbank, newspaper Dagens Nyheter reports, quoting sources.

Nordea, the region’s biggest bank by market value, said on Friday that the Finnish insurer had become its biggest shareholder, overtaking the Swedish state.

For more on the companies, double click on [NDA.ST]

VESTAS VWS.CO

Fourteen out of 18 analysts surveyed expect Danish wind turbine manufacturer Vestas to lower its sales guidance for 2009 when it presents third-quarter results two weeks from now, daily Berlingske Tidende said. But the paper said those expectations were already discounted in the share price.

For more on the company, double click on [VWS.CO]

SWEDBANK SWEDa.ST

The largest Swedish lender to the Baltic region threatened to scale back its presence in crisis-hit Latvia if the country went ahead with controversial plans to limit the amount lenders can collect from mortgage-holders, the Financial Times reported.

“If these proposals go through, it would be very difficult for us to continue lending in the [Latvian] mortgage market,” the newspaper quoted Thomas Backteman, the bank’s corporate affairs director, as saying.

For more on the company, double click on [SWEDa.ST]

SANOMA SAA1V.HE The Nordic media group holds its capital markets day in Helsinki.

For more on the company, double click on [SAA1V.HE]

** For a summary of upcoming results and forecasts, double click on [NORD/EQTY]

** For the western European company diary covering earnings, shareholder meetings, news conferences and analysts’ meetings, click on [WEU/EQUITY] or type in the code and hit the f9 button.

** Double click on <0#.INDEX.ST> for Swedish indices, <0#.INDEX.CO> for Danish indices, <0#.INDEX.HE> for Finnish indices and <0#.INDEX.OL> for Norwegian indices

** For real-time moves on Nordic blue-chip indices double click on .OMXS30, .OMXH25, .OMXC20 and .OBX

** For constituent stock moves highlight the above codes in the command box and press the f3 button on your keyboard

** For Nordic top news items, double click on [TOP/NORD]

** For the latest news on Nordic stock price moves double click on [HOT-NORD-RTRS]

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