May 23, 2013 / 6:46 AM / in 5 years

UPDATE 3-NORDIC STOCKS - Factors to watch on May 23

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HELSINKI, May 23 (Reuters) - The following stocks may be affected by newspaper reports and other factors on Thursday:


The Nordic builder said it had sold a newly-completed hotel in Gothenburg for 420 million Swedish crowns ($63.33 million) to Fastighets AB Balder, another property group.

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Finnish construction company YIT has made a non-binding offer to buy German Hochtief’s services unit, it said on Thursday.

A German magazine reported in March that Hochtief, controlled by Spain’s ACS, expected to receive up to 170 million euros ($218.90 million) for the services division that it is selling.

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Norwegian seismic surveyor TGS-Nopec reaffirmed its full-year guidance on Thursday and said it would enter several new partnerships to acquire surveys of potential oil and gas deposits.

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Telia’s chairwoman, Marie Ehrling, has been asked to give testimony to a parliamentary committee after new allegations related to the company’s purchase of a 3G license in Uzbekistan, daily Dagens Nyheter wrote.

Swedish TV aired a programme on Wednesday alleging Telia held negotiations in 2012 with the daughter of Uzbek President Islam Karimov over about how to avoid difficulties with the authorities.

Swedish prosecutors have launched a preliminary investigation into possible corruption related to the Uzbek license deal and whether the money paid ended up in the hands of the president’s daughter. Telia has denied it had dealings with her and any wrongdoing.

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Ahlstrom said Brazil’s competition authority has approved its plan to merge its label and processing business with Swedish firm Munksjo.

The deal also needs approval from the European Commission due to competition issues.

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