Jan. 25 (Bloomberg) -- The AEX-Index dropped 2.23, or 0.6 percent, to 358.76 at the 5:30 p.m. close in Amsterdam. Belgium’s Bel20 Index retreated 0.1 percent to 2,660.88, ending two days of gains.
The following are among the most active stocks in the Benelux markets today. Symbols are in parentheses.
ASML Holding NV (ASML NA), Europe’s biggest maker of semiconductor equipment, gained 4.2 percent to 29.71 euros. ASM International NV (ASM NA), the second-biggest, rose 0.9 percent to 26.56 euros. Technology shares advanced after Ericsson AB, the world’s largest maker of wireless networks, posted fourth-quarter sales that beat analysts’ estimates.
Royal BAM Groep NV (BAMNB NA) dropped 1.7 percent to 4.83 euros, its second day of declines. The Dutch builder, which in 2009 generated more than 20 percent of its sales in the U.K., fell after a report showed Britain’s economy unexpectedly shrank in the fourth quarter.
ING Groep NV (INGA NA), the Netherlands biggest financial-services company, declined 1.9 percent to 8.07 euros, paring three days of gains. Banking stocks retreated across Europe as Spanish Finance Minister Elena Salgado’s plan to strengthen the country’s lenders failed to calm investors.
Qurius NV (QRIUS NA) rose 1 percent to 31 euro cents, extending yesterday’s 2 percent gain. The Dutch computer-services company won an order from DS Smith Recycling.
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