The Netherlands’ AEX-Index rose 3.36, or 0.9 percent, to 359.74 in Amsterdam, erasing yesterday’s drop. Belgium’s Bel20 Index added 0.8 percent to 2,630.6.
The following were among the most active stocks in Benelux markets today. Symbols are in parentheses.
Heijmans NV (HEIJM NA) rose for a fifth day, adding 1.6 percent to 19.80 euros. The Dutch construction company won a 40 million-euro ($56.5 million) order from Wageningen University.
Macintosh Retail Group NV (MACIN NA) surged 4.3 percent to 19.70 euros, the biggest jump in more than three months. The owner of Dolcis and Manfield shoe shops agreed to sell its 210 BelCompany and telefoonkopen.nl mobile phone stores to Vodafone Group Plc for 120 million euros. Macintosh will record a gain of as much as 90 million euros from the sale.
Unilever NV (UNA NA) climbed 1.6 percent to 21.66 euros. The world’s second-largest consumer-goods maker agreed to sell its Sanex personal care-unit for $940 million to Colgate-Palmolive Co. Unilever agreed to buy Colgate’s Colombian laundry-detergent business for $215 million.
Duvel Moortgat NV (DUV BB) advanced 1 percent to 76.74 euros, its fourth consecutive gain. The brewer of Duvel and La Chouffe ales said net income rose 27 percent to 18.9 million euros in 2010. Profit of 3.58 euros a share beat the 3.50-euro average of three analyst estimates compiled by Bloomberg.
Econocom Group SA (ECONB BB) increased 3.1 percent to 15 euros, the highest price since at least 1989. The Franco-Belgian computer-services firm was rated “buy” in new coverage at ING Groep NV.