April 25, 2013 / 4:51 AM / 5 years ago

UPDATE 2-NORDIC STOCKS - Factors to watch on April 25

(Adds TGS-Nopec, updates Volvo, Huhtamaki, SSAB, Electrolux, Kesko, Novozymes, Rautaruuki, Fortum, Outokumpu)

HELSINKI, April 25 (Reuters) - The following stocks may be affected by newspaper reports and other factors on Thursday:


World number two truck maker Volvo posted a much sharper than expected fall in first-quarter earnings on Thursday as weak demand pushed sales volumes to their lowest level since the height of the 2008/2009 financial crisis.

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Norwegian seismic surveyor TGS-Nopec reported first-quarter core earnings that were somewhat lower-than-expected on Thursday.

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Finnish packaging maker Huhtamaki reported an 8 percent rise in first-quarter adjusted profit thanks to strength in its recently-acquired Asian business.

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Home appliances maker Electrolux reported a fall in core operating profit for the first quarter that was bigger than expected and said conditions in the crisis-hit European market would remain tough.

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Nordic IT services provider Tieto Oyj reported a 13 percent rise in adjusted first-quarter profit after cutting costs and selling assets to cope with slower corporate spending in Europe.

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Swedish specialty steel maker SSAB on Thursday posted a first-quarter operating loss in line with expectations and said it expected some recovery in the second quarter led by the the U.S. and Latin America.

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Danish industrial enzymes producer Novozymes’ reported a smaller-than-expected rise in first quarter operating profit, capped by currency headwinds and acquisition costs.

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Finnish stainless steelmaker Outokumpu swung to a first-quarter operating loss and forecast a bigger loss in the current quarter due to lower nickel prices and delivery volumes.

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Finnish steelmaker Rautaruukki swung to an operating profit as cost cuts in its metals business helped offset falling demand in debt-burdened Europe.

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State-controlled Finnish utility Fortum reported a flat first-quarter operating profit and forecast electricity demand in the Nordic countries to grow only 0.5 percent annually in the years ahead.

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Finnish retailer Kesko reported a 17 percent fall in adjusted quarterly profit as cost cuts failed to make up for a slowdown in consumer spending.

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The world’s largest graphic paper maker is expected to report a slight decline in its first-quarter operating profit to 145 million euros, a Reuters analyst poll showed.

UPM results are due at around 0630 GMT.

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The Finnish sporting goods group is expected to report a 10 percent rise in first-quarter operating profit due to stronger sales across its product range including winter skis to fitness gear, a Reuters poll showed.

Amer Sports will publish its first-quarter results at around 1000 GMT.

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