The Stoxx Nordic 30 Index, the benchmark measure for the region, rose 0.2 percent to 7,693.44 at the 5:30 p.m. close in Stockholm, paring three days of losses.
The OMX Stockholm 30 Index rose 0.7 percent, while Norway’s OBX Index fell 0.3 percent. The OMX Helsinki 25 Index increased 0.5 percent, while the Copenhagen 20 Index dropped 1.1 percent.
The following shares were among the most active in Nordic markets today. Symbols are in parentheses.
Aker Solutions ASA (AKSO NO) jumped 2.6 percent to 103.2 kroner, its second gain. It was upgraded to “buy” at Deutsche Bank AG.
Carlsberg A/S (CARLB DC) slumped 4.1 percent to 555 kroner, the biggest fall since Nov. 9. The biggest brewer in Russia was cut to “sell” from “neutral” at Goldman Sachs Group Inc.
FLSmidth & Co. A/S (FLS DC) fell 4 percent to 504 kroner, its third loss. The world’s largest maker of cement kilns was cut to “sell” from “hold” at SEB AB.
PA Resources AB (PAR SS) plummeted 27 percent to 5.75 kronor, the steepest fall since 2002. The Swedish oil producer said production at the end of 2010 was lower than expected.
Ratos AB (RATOB SS) climbed 3.7 percent to 262.7 kronor, the highest price since at least 1990. The Swedish investment company’s subsidiary Stofa A/S bought the Danish cable TV activities of Canal Digital for an enterprise value of about 120 million kronor ($17 million).
SAS Group AB (SAS SS) jumped 4.3 percent to 26.9 kronor, paring the 7.2 percent loss on Jan. 5. The owner of Scandinavia’s largest airline was raised to “buy” from “hold” at Citigroup Inc.
Statoil ASA (STL NO) climbed 0.9 percent to 139.9 kroner, rebounding from yesterday’s 0.4 percent slide. Norway’s biggest oil and gas producer was raised to “buy” at Deutsche.
Swedish Match AB (SWMA SS) rose 2.2 percent to 196.7 kronor, paring two days of losses. Citigroup raised its recommendation to “buy” from “hold.” Separately, Goldman Sachs increased its price estimate for Europe’s largest maker of smokeless tobacco products by 23 percent to 222 kronor, according to Bloomberg data.
William Demant Holding A/S (WDH DC) advanced 4.3 percent to 450 kroner, the highest price since July. The world’s second-biggest hearing-aid maker was raised to “outperform” from “underperform” at D. Carnegie & Co AB.