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Benelux Stocks: Aperam, Macintosh, MDxHealth, Randstad, Umicore

The Netherlands’ AEX-Index rose 3.29, or 0.9 percent, to 362.05 at the 5:30 p.m. close in Amsterdam, erasing yesterday’s retreat. Belgium’s Bel20 Index increased 0.3 percent to 2,669.54.

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

Dutch stocks:

Aperam (APAM NA) surged 6.2 percent to 29.74 euros, after debuting on NYSE Euronext’s Amsterdam stock exchange today. ArcelorMittal shareholders approved the spinoff of the company’s stainless-steel unit yesterday. ArcelorMittal (MT NA), the world’s biggest steelmaker, soared 5.7 percent to 27.39 euros.

Macintosh Retail Group NV (MACIN NA) added 1.7 percent to 18.10 euros, rising for a fourth day for its longest winning streak this month. The owner of Dolcis and Manfield said 2010 operating profit probably rose about 20 percent.

Randstad Holding NV (RAND NA) surged 4.2 percent to 39.85 euros, the biggest increase in four months. The world’s second-largest staffing company had its recommendation lifted to “outperform” from “neutral” at Credit Suisse Group AG.

Belgian stocks:

MDxHealth (MDXH BB) soared 22 percent to 2.41 euros, its highest price in eight months. The Belgian maker of gene-methylation cancer tests said its partner, Predictive Biosciences, used its biomarkers in a successful cancer test.

Umicore SA (UMI BB) jumped 6.4 percent to 37.46 euros, the largest increase in more than eight months. The world’s largest precious metals recycler had its rating lifted to “buy” from “sell” at UBS AG.

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