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Popular, Eni, Fiat, Telefonica, UCB: European Equity Preview

March 18 (Bloomberg) -- The following companies’ shares may have unusual moves in European trading. Stock symbols are in parentheses.

The Stoxx Europe 600 Index rose 1.9 percent to 267.08. The Stoxx 50 Index climbed 2 percent to 2,514.85. The Euro Stoxx 50 Index, a benchmark for nations using the euro, rallied 2.4 percent to 2,786.16.

Amsterdam Commodities NV (ACOMO NA): The world’s largest trader of spices said full-year net income rose 47 percent to 15.5 million euros ($21.7 million). Amsterdam Commodities fell 1.9 percent to 10.35 euros.

Banco Popular Espanol SA (POP SM): Popular and other Spanish banks including Banco Sabadell SA (SAB SM) may be active as the Bank of Spain reports bad loans data for January. Popular shares rose 1.1 percent to 4.24 euros. Sabadell climbed 0.8 percent to 3.12 euros.

Brisa-Auto Estradas de Portugal SA (BRI PL): Portugal’s biggest highway operator is scheduled to report 2010 earnings after the close of trading. The shares fell 0.2 percent to 4.77 euros.

Eni SpA (ENI IM): Crude oil climbed after the U.S. signaled it favored allowing foreign intervention against Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi’s forces. Libya’s oil chief said the country plans to confirm all contracts with the Italian oil producer, Ansa reported. The stock rose 1.6 percent to 16.78 euros.

Fiat Industrial SpA (FI IM): Daimler AG, the world’s largest maker of commercial vehicles, rejected a report that it may still create a truck alliance with the truck and tractor maker. The shares rose 4.2 percent to 9.35 euros.

Parmalat SpA (PLT IM): Investors face a deadline to present lists of directors for the board, according to a company document. Intesa Sanpaolo SpA, which owns 2.15 percent of Parmalat said that it would propose candidates led by current Chief Executive Officer Enrico Bondi. Mackenzie Financial Corp., Skagen AS and Zenit Asset Management AB, which together owned 15.3 percent of Parmalat as of March 11, proposed a new board on that date that didn’t include Bondi. The stock rose 0.8 percent to 2.5 euros.

Telefonica SA (TEF SM): Qatar Holding LLC is negotiating to buy as much as a 5 percent stake in the Madrid-based phone company, Hispanidad reported on its website, without citing anyone. The shares rose 2.6 percent to 17.38 euros.

UCB SA (UCB BB): The maker of the Cimzia arthritis medicine failed to win the backing of advisers to the European Medicines Agency to market Xyrem as a treatment for fibromyalgia, associated with chronic muscle pain and fatigue, in Europe. UCB rose 1.2 percent to 25.96 euros.

Van Lanschot NV (LANS NA): The oldest independent Dutch bank may report second-half profit excluding some items of 43 million euros, according to the average of three analyst estimates compiled by Bloomberg. Van Lanschot climbed 3.4 percent to 31.55 euros.

To contact the reporter on this story: Cecile Vannucci in New York at cvannucci1@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Nick Baker at nbaker7@bloomberg.net

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