European paper prices are unlikely to rise this year and demand will fall 5 to 6 percent, analyst Mathias Carlson said in a report. He cut his earnings-per-share estimates for this year by 50 percent for Stora and almost 60 percent for UPM. Papermakers will be hurt by falling raw-material costs, the weakening of the British pound against the euro, and the need to run mills below capacity, he said.
Stora dropped 44 cents, or 8.1 percent, to 4.98 euros. UPM lost 5.1 percent to 8.35 euros. Both companies are based in the Finnish capital.
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