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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 gained 1 percent to 337.52. Belgium’s Bel20 Index rose 0.8 percent to 2,590.15. Luxembourg’s LuxX Index was little changed at 1,397.97.

Belgian stocks:

Banque Nationale de Belgique (BNB) : Belgium’s publicly traded central bank said the Brussels appeals court ruled on June 1 that private investors are not entitled to the central bank’s gold holdings or its gains from selling the precious metal. The shares retreated 0.3 percent to 3,306.50 euros.

Belgacom SA (BELG) : The largest telephone company in Belgium said it won’t charge Belgacom TV customers for watching live broadcasts of Belgian soccer games next season. The shares increased 0.3 percent to 24.36 euros.

Dexia SA (DEXB) : The largest lender to local governments in Belgium said its share count increased by 5.56 percent after investors who owned the stock on May 29 received one bonus share for every 18 held. The shares advanced 1.6 percent to 2.33 euros.

Solvay SA (SOLB) : The world’s largest soda-ash maker said its 31.60 euros-a-share takeover offer for Rhodia SA starts on June 15 and will end on July 20 at the earliest. Solvay shares rose 1.5 percent to 106.65 euros.

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