The following companies may have unusual price changes in Benelux markets. Stock symbols are in parentheses and prices are from the previous close.
The AEX-Index (AEX) in Amsterdam dropped 3.07, or 0.9 percent, to 359.07. Belgium’s Bel20 Index fell 14.13, or 0.5 percent, to 2,652.11. Luxembourg’s LuxX Index lost 0.4 percent to 1,453.69.
Heineken NV (HEIA) : The world’s third-largest brewer will lower the alcohol content of one of its major brands in the U.K. by 2013 after signing a government health agreement to help reduce misuse. Heineken fell 1.8 percent to 36.87 euros.
Ackermans & van Haaren NV (ACKB) : Bank Delen NV, an asset-management firm controlled by the Belgian investment company, is considering possible targets for acquisitions, Jacques Delen, the firm’s chief executive officer, said in an interview with De Tijd. Ackermans & van Haaren fell 0.7 percent to 64.26 euros.
Brederode SA (BREB) : The investment firm whose main holdings include stakes in private-equity funds, oil companies and Sofina SA reported net asset value rose 8.5 percent in the second half to 29.63 euros a share and raised its dividend by 3.6 percent to 57 cents a share. Brederode advanced 0.7 percent to 19.49 euros.
EVS Broadcast Equipment SA (EVS) : The world’s largest supplier of digital disk recorders for outside broadcast trucks said it will start selling the third generation of its XT servers in July. EVS dropped 1.2 percent to 44.01 euros.
Global Graphics SA (GLOG BB): The maker of printing and document software appointed Stuart Potchinsky as chief marketing officer. Potchinsky joins Global Graphics (GLOG) from Promethean Ltd. and earlier worked for Nuance Communications Inc. Global Graphics rose 0.7 percent to 1.41 euros.
Nyrstar (NYR) NV: The world’s largest producer of refined zinc raised 90 percent of its target of 490 million euros ($680 million) in a capital raising exercise that ended March 11, L’Echo reported on its website, citing an unidentified person close to the dossier. Nyrstar gained 0.5 percent to 9.96 euros.
Telenet Group Holding NV (TNET) : Liberty Global Inc.’s Dutch unit Binan Investments BV spent 3.33 million euros buying an additional 103,000 of the Belgian cable operator’s shares, according to a regulatory filing. Binan purchased 250,000 Telenet shares so far this month. Telenet lost 2.2 percent to 30.42 euros.