The Stoxx Nordic 30 Index, the benchmark for the region, added 91.98, or 1.4 percent, to 6,704 at the 5:30 p.m. close in Stockholm, the measure’s fourth straight rise.
The OMX Stockholm 30 Index added 1.1 percent while the OMX Helsinki 25 Index increased 1.7 percent. Norway’s OBX Index advanced 2.9 percent while the OMX Copenhagen 20 Index gained 1.2 percent.
The following companies’ shares were among the most active in Nordic markets today. Symbols are in parentheses.
Carlsberg A/S (CARLB DC) jumped 2.1 percent to 510 kroner, taking the shares to their highest price since Aug. 5. The biggest brewer in the Nordic region and in Russia doubled its earnings forecast. It now expects a 40 percent increase in full-year net income, compared with an earlier forecast of a 20 percent increase in 2010 net income.
The brewer’s second-quarter profit rose to 2.63 billion kroner ($450 million) from 1.94 billion kroner a year earlier, beating the 2.05 billion-krone average estimate of 14 analysts surveyed by Bloomberg.
D/S Norden A/S (DNORD DC), Europe’s largest publicly traded commodities shipping line, climbed 5 percent to 234.9 kroner, extending yesterday’s 2.5 percent increase. It reported a second-quarter net income of $83.3 million compared with an average estimate of $60.3 million in a Bloomberg survey of 10 analysts.
EnQuest Plc (ENQ SS) rose 7 percent to 13.8 kronor, the shares’ largest climb since May 18. The North Sea oil producer and explorer whose shares are listed in both Stockholm and London raised its forecast for average production in 2010 to 20,000 barrels of oil equivalent a day from 18,000 barrels.
Sydbank A/S (SYDB DC) declined 1.5 percent to 132 kroner, its fifth loss in six days. The Danish bank reported second-quarter net income of 82 million kroner, compared with an average estimate of 205 million kroner in a Bloomberg survey of two analysts.
Tryg A/S (TRYG DC) fell 3.9 percent to 331.8 kroner, the stock’s third straight loss. The Nordic region’s second-largest property and casualty insurer said net income in the second quarter declined to 128 million kroner from 710 million kroner a year earlier, as claims increased and the company reported a loss on its equity holdings. Profit missed the 360 million-krone average estimate of six analysts surveyed by Bloomberg.