The Netherlands’ AEX-Index rose 3.25, or 0.9 percent, to 362.01 at 10:55 a.m. in Amsterdam, erasing yesterday’s 0.6 percent retreat. Belgium’s Bel20 Index increased 1.1 percent to 2,690.57.
The following were among the most active stocks in Benelux markets today. Symbols are in parentheses.
Aperam (APAM NA) traded at 28.59 euros, after debuting at 28 euros at NYSE Euronext’s Amsterdam stock exchange today. ArcelorMittal shareholders approved a spin-off of the company’s stainless-steel unit yesterday. ArcelorMittal (MT NA), the world’s biggest steelmaker, advanced 4.1 percent to 26.99 euros.
Macintosh Retail Group NV (MACIN NA) added 1.1 percent to 18 euros, rising for a fourth day. The owner of Dolcis and Manfield said 2010 operating profit probably rose about 20 percent.
Randstad Holding NV (RAND NA) surged 5.1 percent to 40.20 euros, the biggest increase in more than six months. The world’s second-largest staffing company had its recommendation lifted to “outperform” from ‘neutral’’ at Credit Suisse Group AG.
Umicore SA (UMI BB) advanced 7.3 percent to 37.75 euros, the most in more than eight months. The world’s largest precious metals recycler had its rating lifted to “buy” from “sell” at UBS AG.
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