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Benelux Stocks: Ageas, Nyrstar, Randstad, TomTom Are Active

Oct. 6 (Bloomberg) -- The Amsterdam Exchanges Index advanced 1.94, or 0.6 percent, to 336.97 at the 5:30 p.m. close, rising for a second day. Belgium’s Bel20 Index advanced 0.7 percent to 2,613.44.

The following were among the most active stocks in the Benelux markets today. Symbols are in parentheses.

Dutch stocks:

Amsterdam Molecular Therapeutics Holding NV (AMT NA) sank 12 percent to 1.67 euros. The Dutch developer of treatments for rare genetic disorders said it plans to raise 15 million euros ($21 million) selling stock in a private placement to help fund development of its lead product Glybera.

Randstad Holding NV (RAND NA) gained 3.7 percent to 34.94 euros, the highest in two months. Yesterday’s statement by trade group ABU, which said Dutch temporary staffing revenue rose 9 percent in the weeks 33 through 36 from the year-earlier period, is positive for the world’s second-largest staffing agency, Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc said today.

TomTom NV (TOM2 NA), the maker of personal navigation devices that gets 28 percent of sales from the U.S., rose 1.3 percent to 5.66 euros, the highest level in five months. U.S. holiday retail sales will climb 2.3 percent, for the best season in four years, as customers are lured by promotions purchase apparel and electronics, the National Retail Federation said.

Belgian stocks:

4Energy Invest SA (ENIN BB) fell 3.7 percent to 2.60 euros, the lowest level since the shares started trading in June 2008. The Belgian operator of two co-generation plants said it will abandon a project in the U.K. following the withdrawal of partner Pontrilas Group Ltd. As a result, 4Energy will write down capitalized development costs and goodwill for a combined amount of 1.2 million euros.

Ageas (AGS BB) advanced 1.6 percent to 2.19 euros. Two investors in mandatory convertible securities issued by the insurer formerly known as Fortis said they want to extend the maturity date for the securities as far as Dec. 7, 2030, instead of the scheduled conversion into Ageas shares this Dec. 7.

Nyrstar NV (NYR BB), the world’s biggest zinc producer, rose 3.3 percent to 10.29 euros as zinc and other base metals increased on the London Metal Exchange.

To contact the reporter on this story: Maud van Gaal in Amsterdam at mvangaal@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: David Merritt at dmerritt1@bloomberg.net.

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