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Benelux Stocks: ASML, Fornix, Wolters Kluwer, Bekaert, Umicore

Dec. 9 (Bloomberg) -- The AEX-Index rose 2.66, or 0.8 percent, to 349.38 at the 5:30 p.m. close in Amsterdam, its highest level in seven months. Belgium’s Bel20 Index added 0.3 percent to 2,624.4.

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

Dutch stocks:

ASML Holding NV (ASML NA) jumped 8 percent to 28.40 euros, the highest price in more than 8 1/2 years. Europe’s biggest semiconductor equipment maker raised its forecast for fourth-quarter bookings to more than 2 billion euros ($2.6 billion).

Fornix BioSciences NV (FORBI NA) rose 3.1 percent to 2.24 euros, gaining for a third day. The Dutch maker of medical aids plans to sell its Laprolan and Artu Biologicals Deutschland units and has studied a reverse takeover of the company.

Wolters Kluwer NV (WKL NA) increased 3.4 percent to 16.72 euros, the highest price since September 2008. Analyst Jonathan Helliwell at Berenberg Bank started coverage of Europe’s largest tax and legal publisher with a “buy” rating.

Belgian stocks:

Bekaert NV (BEKB BB), the world’s biggest maker of steel cord used in tires, plunged 5.5 percent to 79.95 euros. China, the world’s biggest car market, may end tax incentives for buying passenger cars next year, Xiong Chuanlin, vice secretary-general of the China Automobile Industry Association, said.

Umicore (UMI BB), the Belgian maker of catalysts that cut car-exhaust fumes, slid 3.4 percent to 37.20 euros.

To contact the reporter on this story: Jeroen Molenaar in Amsterdam at jmolenaar1@bloomberg.net

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

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