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Econocom, ING Groep, SNS Reaal, Stern: Benelux Equity Preview

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The following companies may have unusual price changes in Benelux markets. Stock symbols are in parentheses, and prices are from the previous close.

The AEX-Index in Amsterdam dropped 4.89, or 1.4 percent, to 343.2. Belgium’s Bel20 Index fell 42.52, or 1.7 percent, to 2,522.96. Luxembourg’s LuxX Index lost 1.4 percent to 1,400.26.

Dutch stocks:

HES Beheer NV (HES NA): The Dutch provider of port services said full-year net income rose to 21.9 million euros ($30.5 million) from 16.7 million euros a year earlier. HES Beheer advanced 1 percent to 34.75 euros.

Hunter Douglas NV (HDG NA): The world’s biggest maker of window blinds had a full-year profit of $153 million. Company is cautious about outlook Europe and North America. Shares rose 3.8 percent to 36.90 euros.

ING Groep NV (INGA NA), SNS Reaal NV (SR NA): Dutch banks will have to pay about 400 million euros annually to create a deposit-guarantee fund, Finance Minister Jan Kees de Jager said. Banks will pay a premium equal to 0.1 percent of their deposits, starting in July 2012, De Jager said. ING, the biggest Dutch financial-services company, declined 2.4 percent to 8.39 euros. SNS dropped 0.3 percent to 3.62 euros.

Royal Boskalis Westminster (BOKA NA): The world’s biggest dredging company had a full-year profit of 311 million euros, topping the average analyst forecast of 293 million euros. Shares fell 2.2 percent to 33.91.

Stern Groep NV (STRN NA): The largest Dutch car dealer reported full-year net income of 10.2 million euros and will resume distribution of a dividend at 1 euros a share, 30 percent of which is payable in stock. Stern decreased 1.4 percent to 22.25 euros.

Belgian stocks:

Econocom Group SA (ECONB BB): The computer-services company that bought Societe Generale SA’s ECS unit for 192.8 million euros in cash and stock said full-year net income rose 42 percent to 28.8 million euros and forecast earnings before interest, tax and one-time items will increase to about 56 million euros this year. Econocom fell 4 percent to 14.10 euros.

Fluxys SA (FLUX BB): The manager of Belgium’s natural-gas grid will pay a final dividend of 220 euros a share and said it plans to maintain the distribution next year, not taking into account the extraordinary interim dividend of 228 euros a share in December 2010. Fluxys retreated 0.1 percent to 2,310 euros.

Jensen-Group NV (JEN BB): The maker of heavy-duty laundry systems reported 2010 net income surged 70 percent to 8.5 million euros and said the value of outstanding orders as of Dec. 31 decreased by 11 percent from a year earlier. Jensen-Group climbed 5 percent to 10.55 euros.

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