The Dow Jones Nordic 30 Index, the benchmark measure for the region, ended four days of gains, losing 6.34, or 0.1 percent, to 7,685.05 in Stockholm.
The OMX Stockholm 30 Index fell 0.7 percent, while the OMX Copenhagen 20 Index rose 0.8 percent. The OMX Helsinki 25 Index climbed 0.6 percent and Norway’s OBX Index increased 1 percent. The following companies were among the most active in Nordic markets today. Stock symbols are in parentheses.
A.P. Moeller-Maersk A/S (MAERSKB DC) rose 1.5 percent to 54,000 kroner, its highest price since September 2008. Chief Executive Officer Nils Smedegaard Andersen said the global container market may grow by more than 8 percent this year, exceeding the 6 percent expansion that the world’s largest shipping line predicted in November.
Getinge AB (GETIB SS) rose for a fourth day, adding 2.8 percent to 160.20 kronor. Mattias Haggblom, analyst at Danske Markets, lifted his rating on the shares of the maker of sterilization equipment to “hold” from “reduce.”
Hennes & Mauritz AB (HMB SS) snapped four days of gains, tumbling 7.3 percent to 212 kronor. Europe’s second-largest clothing retailer said fourth-quarter net income fell to 5.49 billion kronor ($852.4 million), missing the average estimate of 5.98 billion kronor in a Bloomberg survey of 15 analysts.
Kone Oyj (KNEBV FH) gained 1.5 percent to 40.33 euros, erasing yesterday’s loss. Deutsche Bank AG raised its recommendation on the shares of the Finnish maker of elevators and escalators to “buy” from “hold.”
Nokia Oyj (NOK1V FH) fell 0.8 percent to 7.74 euros, paring yesterday’s advance. The world’s biggest maker of mobile phones lowered its forecast for the first quarter as Chief Executive Officer Stephen Elop said the company faces “significant challenges.”
Seabird Exploration Ltd. (SBX NO) jumped the most in four months, soaring 13 percent to 3 kroner. The Norwegian oil-services company said it signed an agreement with Petroleum Geo-Services ASA that includes selling a 240 million kroner ($41.4 million) convertible loan to the company. Seabird also negotiated a two-year extension to a 400 million-kroner existing bond loan.
Securitas AB (SECUB SS) rose for a second day, adding 1.2 percent to 78.20 kronor. Cheuvreux SA raised its rating on the Swedish security company’s shares to “select list” from “outperform.”