April 16, 2014 / 6:50 AM / in 4 years

NORDIC STOCKS - Factors to watch on April 16

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HELSINKI, April 16 (Reuters) - The following stocks may be affected by newspaper reports and other factors on Wednesday:


The board of the Finnish engineering company said it has rejected Britain’s Weir’s approach regarding a potential combination of the two rivals.

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Sweden’s shareholders association is recommending its members accept Volkswagen’s 200 crown ($30.44) per share offer for the remaining shares in truck maker Scania, the group said.

“A yes is the least bad of the two alternatives,” the association’s Chief Executive Carl Rosen said in statement.

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The French pharmaceutical company BioAlliance Pharma said it has agreed to buy the Danish biotech company.

Topotarget shareholders will receive shares in BioAlliance in exchange for their shares, and the merger is expected to be completed by August.

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Deliveries of the six biggest categories of white goods in the United States (AHAM 6) rose 8.9 percent year-on-year in March, data from industry body Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers showed late on Tuesday.

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German industrial machinery and process engineering group GEA Group, a rival to Sweden’s Alfa Laval, said it has agreed to sell its heat exchangers division with an enterprise value of about 1.3 billion euros ($1.8 billion) to private equity investor Triton.

GEA also reported its first-quarter sales grew 6 percent organically to 951 million euros ($1.3 billion), and that it still expected full-year revenues to grow moderately.

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