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Nordic Stocks: Ahlstrom, HiQ, Lundin, Nokia, SKF, Tele2, Vaisala

The Dow Jones Nordic 30 Index, the benchmark measure for the region, snapped three days of losses to rise 32.73, or 0.4 percent to 7,642.44 at 2:51 p.m. in Stockholm.

The OMX Stockholm 30 Index slid 0.2 percent, while the OMX Copenhagen 20 Index added 0.7 percent. The OMX Helsinki 25 Index increased 1 percent and Norway’s OBX Index rose 1.9 percent. The following companies are among the most active in Nordic markets today. Stock symbols are in parentheses.

Ahlstrom Oyj (AHL1V FH) rose the most in almost six months, gaining 0.95 euros, or 6 percent, to 16.75 euros, rising for the third day. The world’s biggest maker of engine filters said its fourth-quarter net loss narrowed to 6.8 million euros ($9.3 million) from a net loss of 27.9 million euros in the same period a year earlier. Ahlstrom also proposed a dividend of 0.88 euros per share.

Christian Hansen Holding A/S (CHR DC) rose the most in almost four weeks, adding 2.6 kroner, or 2.3 percent, to 118.20 kroner. Goldman Sachs Group Inc. rated the producer of natural food ingredients “buy” in new coverage.

HiQ International AB (HIQ SS) fell for a third day, losing 0.9 krona, or 2.5 percent, to 34.70 kronor after reporting fourth-quarter earnings per share of 0.65 krona. The Swedish information technology consultants were expected to report 0.74 krona according to the average of six estimates collected by Bloomberg.

Lundin Petroleum AB (LUPE SS) gained 1.75 kronor, or 2.2 percent, to 82.15 kronor, rising for the second day. The oil and gas explorer said at its investor meeting that it plans to increase development and production.

Nokia Oyj (NOK1V FH) fell for the second day, sliding 10 cents, or 1.2 percent, to 7.73 euros. Standard & Poor’s placed the world’s biggest maker of mobile phones on watch for a possible credit rating downgrade after its market share in smartphones declined.

SKF AB (SKFB SS) slid 11.6 kroner, or 6.3 percent, to 172.50 kronor, falling to its lowest level since Nov. 3. The world’s largest maker of ball bearings reported profit that missed analysts’ estimates, saying it’s facing higher raw- material costs and negative currency effects from the rising Swedish krona.

Tele2 AB (TEL2B SS) gained 1.9 kronor, or 1.3 percent, to 144.4 kronor. The wireless operator with units in the Nordic countries and Russia said it will participate in the Swedish 800 MHz frequency auction through its Net4Mobility joint venture.

Vaisala Oyj (VAIAS FH) rose the most in four weeks, adding 0.86 euros, or 4.1 percent, to 22.02 euros. The world’s biggest maker of electronic humidity measurement devices said operating profit and net sales for full-year 2010 were higher than estimated on Nov. 5.

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