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sunnudagur, 19. maí 2019

mars, 2006

 

Reykjavik (IFN) ? US and Icelandic officials opened talks Friday on arrangements for defending the North Atlantic nation after the US ends its permanent military presence.


 

LONDON (Dow Jones)--When American investors declined to roll over some Icelandic banks' bonds and the island's debt management agency failed to place sovereign paper for a second month running, it was taken by many as the beginning of an impending economic crash.


 

Nordic Business Report-March 31, 2006-Observer AB to appeal raised tax assessment(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 31, 2006-Revus Energy AS wins one licence in North Sea(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 31, 2006-Scania signs letters of intent for takeover of its production in Falun(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 31, 2006-Wartsila announces further orders for its Wartsila 50DF dual-fuel engines(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Reykjavik (IFN) ? Iceland's trade deficit widened to ISK7.2 billion in February from ISK4.8 billion a year ago, Statistics Iceland said on Friday.


 

Reykjavik (IFN) ? Danish charter tour operators Atlantis Rejser and Dansk Folkeferie are taking their business elsewhere, leaving Sterling Airlines, a subsidiary of Iceland's FL Group, because of what they contend is a decline in service, according to Danish newspaper Börsen.


 

Icelandic banks Landsbanki Islands and Kaupthing Bank have completed USD300 million and EUR500 million bond issues respectively, the banks said on Friday.


 

Iceland-based generic-drugs manufacturer Actavis Group views India as a research and development base, rather than production base, its chief executive said Friday.


 

US SUMMARY: Stocks, Bonds Fall On More Inflation Worry


 

Ráðgjafi Straums-Burðaráss við kaupin á hlut í Pricer er Fredrik Danielsson sem er sonur Erik Danielsson, stofnanda félagsins. Fredrik er starfsmaður Novators, fjárfestingafélags Björgólfs Thors Björgólfssonar, en hann var áður aðalmaður greiningardeildar Carnege á sviði fjarskipta. Fredrik hefur leitt fjárfestingar Novators í finnska fjarskiptafyrirtækinu Elisa sem hafa reynst félaginu arðsamar og greinilega glöggur þegar kemur að því að finna ný fjárfestingatækifæri.


 

Stuðningsmenn skoska liðsins Hearts vita ekki hvort þeir eiga að gráta eða hlægja þessa dagana. Eftir frábæra byrjun liðsins var knattspyrnustjóri félagsins, George Burley, skyndilega rekinn. Við starfinu tók umdeildur maður, Graham Rix, sem í eina tíð var leikmaður Arsenal en er í seinni tíð þekktastur fyrir að hafa verið dæmdur fyrir samræði við stúlku undir lögaldri. Engin almennileg skýring hefur fengist á brottrekstrinum á Burley en á þeim tíma virtist liðið til alls líklegt og menn jafnvel farnir að tala um að einokun Glasgow-risanna á tiltlinum væri að rofna. Síðan hefur allt gengið á afturfótunum.


 

Enska knattspyrnuliðið Reading er komið upp í úrvalsdeild, í fyrsta skipti í sögu félagsins. Það kemur svo sem engum á óvart enda liðið haft mikla yfirburði í ensku 1. deildinni í allan vetur og hefur ekkert lið ekki unnið sig upp svona snemma síðan 1974 en þá vann Middlesbrough sig upp 23. mars.


 

Límtré Vírnet hefur skrifað undir samning við Ingimund hf. um framleiðslu og uppsetningu á reiðhöll að Miðfossum í Borgarfirði. Er um að ræða 1.625 fermetra reiðhöll með límtrésburðarvirki. Veggir og þak verða klædd með Yleiningum. Iðnaðarhurðir koma frá Lindab sem og rennur og niðurföll.


 

COPENHAGEN (Dow Jones)--Actavis Group HF (ACT.IC) must improve its $1.6 billion offer for Pliva DD (PLVA.ZG) if it wants to see the Croatian company's books, and even then Pliva wouldn't welcome a deal with open arms, its chief executive said Thursday.


 

Reykjavik (IFN) ? Iceland's Landsbanki , mentioned as a possible buyer of British brokerage Williams de Broe, wants to rebrand and consolidate rather than seek acquisitions, CEO Sigurjon Arnason said in an interview.


 

The Board of Directors in Petrojack ASA approved in a Board Meeting of 29 March 2006, the annual accounts for 2005.


 

Increases estimate for 2006 mobile device market volume growth to 15% or more


 

REYKJAVIK (Dow Jones)--FL Group (FL.IC), the highly acquisitive Icelandic investment company, will dispose of all but around a third of Icelandair Group when the aviation company is sold in a public share offering this spring.


 

As previously announced, the Company expects to record a gain of $80 million on this transaction based upon the estimated value of its investment in Marine Harvest in the second quarter of 2006. The gain will be recorded when the final approval of transaction is received from the regulatory and competition authorities.


 

A step in the optimization of the Group's profile and its concentration to selected segments Through its Trelleborg Engineered Systems business area, the Trelleborg Group has signed an agreement to sell the operations in US subsidiary Goodall Rubber Company. Goodall, which sells and distributes hoses and hose connectors in the US and Canada, has slightly more than 400 employees and generated sales of approximately SEK 650 M in 2006. Trelleborg acquired Goodall in 1986.


 

This is a translation of the original Danish Articles of Association of TrygVesta A/S. In case of any discrepancies, the wording of the Danish original applies.


 

TrygVesta's annual meeting for shareholders (AGM) was held today. At the AGM the shareholders adopted the report of the company's activities in the past financial year.


 

Reykjavik (IFN) ? The Icelandic central bank Thursday said the inflation outlook has deteriorated significantly since December, mainly due to the depreciation of the ISK and the upward revision to gross domestic product growth.


 

AMERICAN MARKETS OUTLOOK: U.S. stocks are set to open flat Thursday ahead of gross domestic product data, due later in the day, that is expected to set the tone for the session.


 

Nokia introduces Nokia Connect Market Expansion Toolkit and starts licencing Nokia Prepaid Tracker


 

Petrolia Drilling ASA has today purchased 6.000.000 new shares in Petromena AS at NOK 6.00 per share. After this transaction, Petrolia Drilling holds 67.932.300 shares in Petromena AS, corresponding to 28.7 % of the shares outstanding in Petromena AS.


 

Nordic Business Report-March 30, 2006-Anoto Group AB announces breakthrough order in Japan(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 30, 2006-NCC wins SEK14m school contract(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 30, 2006-Vestas Wind Systems A/S wins major wind turbine orders in China(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 30, 2006-Victor International A/S posts pre-tax result of EUR344,000(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Incap Corporation's printed annual report for 2005 has been published in Finnish and in English. The report can be read in pdf-form also on the company's website at www.incap.fi.


 

The total number of year 2003 stock options under the symbol 2003E is 600,000. Each stock option entitles its holder to subscribe for one (1) new Kesko Corporation B share during 1 April 2006 to 30 April 2009 at a subscription price that corresponds to the trade volume weighted average price of a Kesko Corporation B share on the Helsinki Stock Exchange during the period 1 to 30 April 2004 (EUR 15.19), with a deduction of the amount of dividends decided after the period for the determination of the subscription price has begun but before share subscription, on the record date of each dividend distribution.


 

Nordic Business Report-March 30, 2006-Baugur plans to bid for Danish retailer Matas - report(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 30, 2006-Iceland's central bank raises rates by 75bp to 11.5%(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 30, 2006-ISK up on higher-than-expected rate hike(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 30, 2006-Criminals steal Nokia components in Finland - report(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 30, 2006-DNA reports profit of EUR0.5m in 2005 - report(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 30, 2006-Rautaruukki Corporation completes acquisition of Steel-Mont a.s.(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

As previously mentioned in the Danish press, FLSmidth is among the many international companies that traded with the Iraqi regime under the United Nations Oil-for-Food programme before the invasion in 2003.


 

Nordic Business Report-March 30, 2006-Labs2 Group AB signs "open broadband" contract with Jamtkraft(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 30, 2006-NCC wins SEK14m road contract(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 30, 2006-WM-data AB wins outsourcing contract from Electrolux IT(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 30, 2006-Awilco Offshore ASA and Sinvest ASA confirm discussions with Petrojack ASA(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 30, 2006-FLSmidth & Co A/S faces charges for deliveries to Iraq(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 30, 2006-Metsa-Botnia to halt work in Uruguay - report(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 30, 2006-Nokia and Smart complete first HSDPA call in the Philippines(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 30, 2006-Norwegian commodity consumption down in February 2006(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 30, 2006-Norwegian retail sales down in February 2006(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 30, 2006-Volvo reports truck deliveries down in January-February 2006(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Awilco Offshore and Sinvest confirm that they are in discussions with Petrojack regarding a possible joint acquisition of Petrojack's three jack-up rigs under construction.


 

Reykjavik (IFN) ? The ISK is climbing after Iceland's central bank hiked interest rates by 75 basis points to 11.5%.


 

Reykjavik (IFN) ? Iceland's central bank said on Thursday that it has decided to raise its base rate by 75 basis points to 11.5%.


 

Nordic Business Report-March 30, 2006-Aker Yards ASA receives ROV support vessel contract from GEO ASA(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 30, 2006-AS TIRB divests Skjonhaug Godsruter AS(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 30, 2006-Petrojack ASA completes private placement(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 30, 2006-Storebrand ASA appointed preferred pension services provider by confederation of Norwegian enterprise(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Reference is made to Petrojack's announcement regarding a planned private placement on 29 March 2006.


 

Oslo (2006-03-30): Yara today published its complete 2005 Annual Accounts with notes. The accounts are available on Yara's website http://www.yara.com/en/investor_relations/financial_reports


 


 

US SUMMARY: Tech Shares Reach Five-Year High


 

Reykjavik (IFN) ? Iceland's Kaupthing Bank plans to unravel all cross-ownership between the bank and other companies before the end of this year to improve transparency, chairman Sigurdur Einarsson told UK business information provider Cantos Thursday.Einarsson said that Kaupthing is already working on dissolving the cross-ownership it has with other companies in Iceland.


 

Reykjavik (IFN) Icelandic retail investor Baugur Group is plannig to table a bid for privately held personal care retail chain Matas A/S, Baugur's head of Nordic investments told daily newspaper Borsen on Thursday.


 

The global aspartame markets are facing structural oversupply, which has caused worldwide strong price erosion over the last 5 years. This has resulted in a persistently unprofitable business position for HSC. No significant improvements are expected in the near or foreseeable future. The decision to withdraw from this business is in line with DSM's Vision 2010 - Building on Strengths strategy, in which profitable innovative growth and value creation are key objectives.


 

"This collaboration with Arthrogen again demonstrates the power of our SilenceSelect target discovery engine," said Onno van de Stolpe, Chief Executive Officer of Galapagos. "We look forward to working with Arthrogen to identify successful targets for their rheumatoid arthritis gene therapy programs."


 

Second Quarter (December 2005 - February 2006) * KappAhl's net sales for the period, excluding VAT, amounted to MSEK 1,026 (953), an increase of 7.7 percent. * Operating profit amounted to MSEK 88 (63), an increase of 40 percent. * The gross margin was 57.4 percent (54.4) and the operating margin was 8.6 percent (6.6). * MSEK 40 in non-recurring costs has been charged to financial expenses for the listing of the company on the stock exchange and restructuring of the Group's financing. * Profit after taxes totalled MSEK 19 (45) which is equivalent to SEK 0.25 (0.60) per share. * The number of stores has remained unchanged.


 

Nordic Business Report-March 30, 2006-KappAhl AB posts Q2 operating profit of SEK88m(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 30, 2006-Morphic Technologies AB reports Q3 operating loss of SEK8.72m(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 30, 2006-Navamedic ASA to be listed on Oslo Bors(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 30, 2006-NorgesGruppen ASA reports operating result of NOK912.87m(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 30, 2006-Pointsec Mobile Technologies AB wins SEK9.4m contract in Japan(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

* Clinical studies show significant blood sugar reductions (HbA1c) sustained for one year * Trials also show no association with weight gain; overall incidence of side effects, including hypoglycemia and edema, similar to placebo * Regulatory submission includes results from more than 4,300 patients


 

Espoo, Finland - Philippines' wireless service provider Smart Communications Inc. (SMART) and Nokia have completed the first High Speed Data Packet Access (HSDPA) call in the country. The call was made in Smart's live network.


 

Chéserex, Switzerland - March 30, 2006: The Adecco Group, the worldwide leader in Human Resource services, announced today that it has successfully completed its public offer for DIS Deutscher Industrie Service AG ("DIS") and now controls 82.6% of DIS as of March 27, 2006, the last day of the additional acceptance period of the public offer. Adecco is satisfied with the outcome of its public offer and will now focus on growing the enlarged group in the various areas of the staffing market.


 

Nordic Business Report-March 30, 2006-Network Electronics ASA wins NOK2m Flashlink order(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 30, 2006-Petrojack ASA carries out private placement(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 30, 2006-Sigma AB acquires 60% holding in Ukrainian IT consulting company Eclipse SP LLC(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 30, 2006-Transcom WorldWide SA acquires Credit & Business Services Limited(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Participating in the call will be: - Mr. Niels G. Stolt-Nielsen - Chief Executive Officer, Stolt-Nielsen S.A. - Mr. Jan Chr. Engelhardtsen - Chief Financial Officer, Stolt-Nielsen S.A. - Mr. Otto H. Fritzner - Chief Executive Officer, Stolt-Nielsen Transportation Group


 

In conformity with the proposal made by the DSM Managing Board, the Annual General Meeting of shareholders of Royal DSM N.V. has today resolved to declare a dividend for 2005 of ¤ 1.00 per ordinary share. This represents an increase of about 15% compared with the dividends for previous years.


 

BILTHOVEN, The Netherlands, March 29, 2006 -- The Supervisory Board of ASM International N.V. (NASDAQ:ASMI; Euronext Amsterdam: ASM) announced today that it will propose one new Supervisory Board member, Berend C. Brix, and two additional Management Board members, Charles (Chuck) D. del Prado and Han F. M. Westendorp, at the company's General Annual Meeting of Shareholders on May 18, 2006.


 

Leiden, The Netherlands, March 29, 2006 - Dutch biotechnology company Crucell N.V. (Euronext, NASDAQ: CRXL; Swiss Exchange: SW CRX) today announced that it will adopt IFRS as its primary financial reporting method from 2006. Crucell's listing at Euronext Amsterdam and the Swiss Exchanges and related regulatory reporting requirements drive the Company's decision to adopt IFRS at this time. The Company will continue to report its half-year and full-year financial results under US GAAP with a reconciliation to IFRS.


 

Highlights


 

The Annual General Meeting of Satama Interactive Oyj was held on 29 March 2006. 19,47 % of shares and voting rights were represented.


 

The infomedia group Elanders has today published its Swedish Annual Report for 2005.


 

Teligent now controls more than 81 percent of the total shares in Trio. A count of the number of acceptances to the Offer indicates that approximately 79.5 million shares in Trio have been submitted, corresponding to approximately 81.3 percent of Trio shares. Teligent has not acquired any shares in Trio other than those submitted in conjunction with the Offer.


 

Notification Shareholders wishing to attend the Annual General Meeting must notify CashGuard of their intention to do so not later than noon on Thursday, April 20, 2006 at CashGuard AB, Propellervägen 10-12, SE-183 62 Täby, or by telephone +46 8-732 22 00, fax +46 8-732 22 80 or email bolagsstamma@cashguard.se.


 

--Intellectual Property Portfolio Strengthened by Method of Synthesis and Composition of Matter Patent Coverage Through 2019--


 

Vodafone Netherlands and Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERICY) today announced they have entered into an exclusive managed services partnership. Under the contract, Ericsson will be responsible for the management of the access part of Vodafone Netherlands' GSM, GPRS and UMTS radio networks.


 

Nordic Business Report-March 29, 2006-Ericsson signs managed services partnership with Vodafone Netherlands(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 29, 2006-Finnish fitness equipment maker Tunturi to move production - report(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 29, 2006-Kotipizza reports profit of EUR1.1m in 2005 - report(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 29, 2006-Sigma AB to acquire 60% stake in Ukrainian IT company(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 29, 2006-Simrad Optronics ASA wins contract in Abu Dhabi(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

The 7-year EUR 500 million benchmark Eurobond of M-real Corporation rated Ba3 (negative)/BB- (negative) is now completed. The bond is due 1 April 2013 and pays a coupon of 7.25%. The issue price was 98.655 to give a yield of 7.50%.


 

Nordic Business Report-March 29, 2006-Icelandic insurance group VIS seeks acquisitions in Denmark(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

TOMRA's first quarter 2006 results will be released on Wednesday 19 April 2006. The written material will be available from 16:35 CET at www.tomra.com (under the investor relations section), www.oslobors.no, www.huginonline.com and at Høyres Hus, Stortingsgaten 20 (6th floor), Oslo.


 

At today's Annual General Meeting, starting at 14.00 hrs, Peter Elverding, Chairman of the DSM Managing Board, will elucidate DSM's current expectations regarding the results for the first quarter of 2006.


 

Nordic Business Report-March 29, 2006-EU Commission fines Tomra Systems ASA EUR24m(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 29, 2006-Lemminkainen receives copy of FCA's draft proposal to Market Court(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 29, 2006-Petrojack ASA negotiates terms and conditions for possible sale of three rigs(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 29, 2006-SAS expands cooperation with Swiss International Air Lines(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

The AGM approved the proposal by the Board of Directors to the effect that no dividend be paid for 2005. In addition the AGM released the members of the Board of Directors and Presidents from liability.


 

Reykjavik (IFN) Icelandic insurance group VIS is seeking acquisitions in Denmark in a move to expand its home market to Denmark and the UK, managing director Asgeir Baldursson told IFN on Wednesday.


 

Nordic Business Report-March 29, 2006-Bonds, CDS spreads tighten on Glitnir S&P rating(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 29, 2006-Iceland's Fons increases stake in Swedish Ticket Travel to 28.3% - report(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

NEWS RELEASE


 

Nordic Business Report-March 29, 2006-Sky Communication in Sweden AB signs broadband agreement with GothNet(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 29, 2006-Smedvig ASA receives contract extension from PTT(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

The EU Commission has today concluded that TOMRA in the period 1998 to 2002 foreclosed competition on the market for reverse vending machines in Austria, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden by implementing an exclusionary strategy. Consequently, the Commission has decided to fine TOMRA EUR 24 million. In addition TOMRA has been required to bring to and end all agreements involving exclusivity and/or loyalty commitments. This was already implemented several years ago.


 

Reykjavik (IFN) Dutch bank ING said on Wednesday that an expected rate hike by Iceland's central bank might not be enough prevent a renewed ISK selloff.


 

Reykjavik (IFN) Bonds and credit default swap (CDS) spreads on Iceland's main three banks tightened on Tuesday, following Standard & Poor's decision to issue Glitnir Bank an A-minus long-term rating, analysts said on Wednesday.


 

Geneva, 29 March 2006 - Peter Brabeck-Letmathe, Chairman and CEO of Nestlé, and Markku Niskala, Secretary General of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, today signed a new partnership agreement extending their cooperation for a further three years, until 2008. Under this agreement, Nestlé will provide funding totalling CHF 1,500,000 over three years, mostly for projects related to the International Federation's Global Water and Sanitation Initiative (GWSI), which is also funded by the European Commission. In 2006, initial GWSI projects supported by Nestlé will include ensuring safe water supply to villages in sub-Saharan Africa as well as community training and hygiene promotion. Nestlé's support for the Federation's water initiative should be seen as an integral part of its commitment to the UN Millennium Development Goals, four of which have significant water components. Nestlé's cooperation with the Federation was formally established in 2002, when a first partnership agreement was signed, under which Nestlé sponsored various Federation HIV/AIDS prevention programmes. For example, Nestlé helped Red Cross societies in Nigeria and Kenya provide life-preserving information to more than 1.2 million young people through youth peer education programmes, and extend home-based care to thousands of families affected by HIV/AIDS. Furthermore, educational material focusing on nutrition in HIV/AIDS circumstances was produced in local languages and extensively distributed. Peter Brabeck-Letmathe, Chairman and CEO of Nestlé, said: "This new partnership between Nestlé and the Red Cross Red Crescent Societies is a further milestone in the long-standing relationship between the two organisations. I am pleased that the world's largest bottled water company is contributing knowledge and resources which will benefit the people of Africa through Red Cross Red Crescent programmes." Markku Niskala, Secretary General of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, added: "Water is of critical importance for all aspects of sustainable development, particularly for the eradication of poverty and hunger. This partnership, underscores our commitment through our Global Agenda in contributing to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals, especially the aim of halving the proportion of people without sustainable access to water by 2015."


 

Citycon has on 24 March 2006 announced the decisions made by the company's Board of Directors concerning the amendments to the terms of share subscription pursuant to the company's 1999 and 2004 stock options as a result of the rights issue.


 

Nordic Business Report-March 29, 2006-Comptel Corporation subsidiary in Norway cuts 34 jobs(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 29, 2006-Dampskibsselskabet Norden A/S reports operating profit of USD328.0m(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 29, 2006-Ericsson wins USD23m contract in Palestine(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 29, 2006-Fire halts production at UPM's mill in Kajaani - report(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 29, 2006-Stora Enso signs MoU with UNDP in China(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Live webcast of the analyst presentation at 0930BST on www.cantos.com with on-demand available later today (LSE:HIK)


 

Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERICY) was awarded with a USD 23 million contract for GSM and GPRS expansions with added EDGE capabilities for the entire network. The expansion will enable Jawwal, Palestine's leading mobile operator, to offer mobile broadband services to 1 million subscribers with EDGE capability.


 

Stora Enso has today signed a memorandum of understanding with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to address the key findings of the environmental and social impact assessment of Stora Enso's plantations in Guangxi Province, China. During a five-year period, Stora Enso and UNDP will co-operate to conserve biodiversity in Guangxi and to improve community well-being. The results of the environmental and social impact assessment, which is not yet a common practice for plantation projects in China, were also publicised at the signing ceremony.


 

Nordic Business Report-March 29, 2006-Allianse ASA receives two-year operating contract from Smedvig Offshore AS(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 29, 2006-Consilium AB wins voyage data recorders order from Wallenius Marine(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 29, 2006-Daydream Software AB makes public offer for 24hPoker AB(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 29, 2006-Hennes & Mauritz reports 3-month operating profit of SEK2,574m(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 29, 2006-Intellecta AB reports 6-month operating profit of SEK6.7m(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 29, 2006-Labs2 Group AB divests broadband operating subsidiaries Bredband2, Digisip and ViaEuropa(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 29, 2006-Peab wins SEK180m motorway contract(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 29, 2006-Poolia divests operations in Germany(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 29, 2006-Vestas Wind Systems A/s posts pre-tax loss of DKK158m(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

With reference to our press releases of April 24th 2004 and March 15th 2005 two partners will purchase 255,250 shares at a price of 4.71 per share and 250,000 shares at a price of 5.01 per share. The previously agreed prices of 6.07 and 6.63 per share have been adjusted for dividend and earlier payment of the forward contract.


 

STOCKHOLM (Dow Jones)--Iceland's central bank is expected to respond to the country's recent economic tumult by continuing to tighten rates aggressively on Thursday.


 

Nassau, 29.03.06 - LEIFHEIT AG in Nassau implements the next step in its focus on its core competences. This involves a management buyout of Soehnle Professional GmbH & Co. KG, a wholly-owned subsidiary, which bundles the activities in the segment of commercial weighing technology. The buyer is Stephan Gerster, previously the member of the Board of Management of LEIFHEIT AG responsible for the technology and logistics departments. In connection with this transaction, Stephan Gerster will leave the Board of Management of LEIFHEIT AG at his own request, and will assume full responsibility for Soehnle Professional as CEO. For the time being, the responsibility for technology and logistics departments at LEIFHEIT will be taken over by the CEO, Dr. Hans-Georg Franke.


 

Nordic Business Report-March 29, 2006-Actavis Group to acquire Romanian-based generic pharmaceutical company(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 29, 2006-Block Watne Gruppen removes dividend constraint(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 29, 2006-DynaPel Systems Inc signs exclusive distribution agreement with Hafslund(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 29, 2006-Pan Fish ASA executes payment of EUR1,175m for Marine Harvest(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 29, 2006-Stockmann to invest EUR125m to its Helsinki department store - report(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 29, 2006-Storebrand ASA to enter P&C insurance market(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 29, 2006-UPDATE:Actavis Group to acquire Romanian-based generic pharmaceutical company(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

The board of VMETRO asa has approved the audited accounts


 

US SUMMARY: Fed's Tough Stance Leaves Markets Cold


 

Annual Group Profit closed at 964 TEUR (previous year minus 3.4 Mio. EUR). The EBITDA result was 605 TEUR (previous year minus 572 TEUR). The Group Profit before interest and taxes (EBIT) amounted to 53 TEUR (previous year minus 3.1 Mio. EUR), which was again positive after years losses. Shareholders equity rose by 4.3 Mio. EUR to 10.3 Mio. EUR, 2.5 Mio. EUR derived from new issuance of share capital in August 2005.


 

Elcoteq SE has renewed its membership in the Kempen/SNS Smaller SRI (Socially Responsible Investment) Europe Index. Elcoteq has been included in the index since its launch in October 2003.


 

Gouda, 29 March 2006 - Imtech (technical services provider in Europe) is responsible for the technology in four shopping and leisure centres in Spain. All projects are acquired by Imtech España and are located in the area's Madrid, Málaga and Cartagena. The total contract value of these projects is 20 million euro.


 

* Novartis strengthens infectious disease portfolio and range of hepatitis compounds


 

Feintool's success as a technology leader in the fineblanking/forming sector can be ascribed both to the pioneering spirit and determination of company founder Fritz Boesch and to the fact that he was quick to initiate cooperation in the research and development field with technical universities in Germany. Since then, other cooperation projects initiated in Switzerland and China have also been yielding good results.


 

Nordic Business Report-March 29, 2006-ABB wins USD65m substation order in the US(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 29, 2006-Bioscan A/S reports pre-tax loss of DKK19.49m(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 29, 2006-Cronus Engineering AS wins 2-year operating and maintenance contract from Hafslund Nett(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 29, 2006-Dicentia A/S reports pre-tax result of DKK21.5m(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 29, 2006-Hexagon Composites ASA invests USD2.5m in large CNG tanks production(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 29, 2006-Impact Europe Group AB posts operating loss of SEK1.8m(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 29, 2006-Sjaelso Gruppen A/S sells residential project in Copenhagen(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 29, 2006-Sund & Baelt Holding A/S reports pre-tax loss of DKK918m(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 29, 2006-Svithoid Tankers AB strengthens fleet with new product tanker(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 29, 2006-Vestas Wind Systems A/S wins new wind turbine order in Spain(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

LONDON, March 28, 2006 (PRIMEZONE) -- GlobeOp Financial Services (GFS(SM) or GlobeOp(R)), a provider of fund administration and related support services for hedge funds, fund of funds, and high net worth family wealth offices, announced today an agreement with Instinet, a global agency-broker, aimed at significantly streamlining international equities trading for GlobeOp's hedge fund clients.


 

The Annual General Meeting of Shareholders of Perlos Corporation held on 28 March 2006 adopted the income statement and the balance sheet as well as the consolidated income statement and the consolidated balance sheet, and discharged the members of the Board of Directors and the President from liability regarding the accounting period 1.1.2005 - 31.12.2005.


 

DALLAS, TX -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 03/28/2006 -- Aurora's year long tribute to the global culinary icon Georges Auguste Escoffier will commence with a wine and dinner event on April 19, 2006. Chef Avner Samuel will create his own inspiring version of Escoffier's most famed dishes on that special evening, which bears the graceful theme "April in Paris."


 

MorphoSys AG (Frankfurt Stock Exchange: MOR; Prime Standard Segment; TecDAX) intends to place 384,338 new shares through an accelerated book building process to institutional investors. The Management and Supervisory Boards of MorphoSys AG decided to increase the Company's equity capital against contribution in cash exempting preemptive rights. WestLB AG acts as Lead Manager of the transaction joined by DZ BANK AG as Co-Lead Manager.


 

Reykjavik (IFN) ? Icelandic generic drugs firm Actavis has agreed to acquire Romanian-based pharmaceutical firm Sindan for EUR147.5 million in cash on a debt-free basis, Actavis said on Tuesday.


 

Stavanger, Norway Reference is made to the release to Oslo Stock Exchange dated March 22, 2006 regarding Ocean Rig ASA planning to issue a new bond loan of USD 250 million.


 

Oslo, Norway, 28 March 2006.


 

The Annual General Meeting will be held at 4 p.m. on Thursday April 27, 2006, at the company's premises at Scheelevägen 19 C, Lund, Sweden.


 

Copenhagen 28 March, 2006.


 

Cisco Systems has appointed Ementor as Services Partner of the Year in Sweden and Northern Europe, due to the fact that the company has a high share of satisfied customers and extensive competence on Cisco products. In addition to the appointment as Services Partner of the Year, Ementor is also appointed the Mobility Partner of the Year in Norway.


 

Reykjavik (IFN) Icelandic investment company Fons has increased its stake in Stockholm-listed travel operator Ticket Travel to 28.3%, sources close to the situation told IFN.


 

Geneva, March 28, 2006. The entry into operation of the Upper Area Control Center Switzerland (UAC-CH), the new centre which will monitor and manage all the upper airspace under skyguide's control, has been postponed indefinitely, because the new system has not yet received the requisite approval from the Swiss Federal Office for Civil Aviation (FOCA). Skyguide deeply regrets this development. A new date for the commencement of operations at the UAC-CH, which is located in Geneva, has not yet been fixed. The project's further planning and timetable will now be determined in the next few weeks, in consultation with the FOCA.


 

TOP STORIESGERMAN BUSINESS CONFIDENCE STILL ON THE RISEConfidence among German business leaders reaches new heights in March, defying expectations of a slide. Ifo Institute's latest survey shows an increase in the sentiment indicator to 105.4 in March, from 103.4 in February, beating economists' expectations for a lapse back to 102.9. Meanwhile, the euro-zone's February M3 money supply rises to 8%, topping consensus forecasts.


 

Nordic Business Report-March 28, 2006-Danish government to expand smoking restrictions - report(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 28, 2006-Finnish Railways remains under transport ministry - report(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Canberra (IFN) A new study shows there is no justification for scientific whaling programs under which thousands of the mammals have been killed in the name of research, Australia's environment minister said Tuesday.


 

co.don chondrosphere® is a three dimensional in vitro cultured autologous matrix-supported articular cartilage without foreign carrier materials of animal and synthetic origin and with very easy surgical application avoiding defect covering, developed to regenerate and to replace removed or missing joint cartilage. ORMED GmbH & Co. KG will market co.don chondrosphere® under the brand ARTROcell 3D.


 

Nordic Business Report-March 28, 2006-Finnair most punctual carrier at London Heathrow - report(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 28, 2006-Finnish Railways and Russian Railways to set up joint marketing venture - report(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 28, 2006-Finnish retail sales up in February 2006(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 28, 2006-Turnover for Swedish retail trade up by 7.7% in February 2006(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

TORONTO -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 03/28/2006 -- Syndesis has been named as a finalist for "Best Overall Company" in the Billing & OSS World 2006 Excellence Awards, which recognize the best vendors in the billing and operations support system (OSS) segment of the telecommunications industry.


 

ANNAPOLIS, MD and LONDON -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 03/28/2006 -- TeleCommunication Systems Iberian S.A., the Spanish subsidiary of TeleCommunication Systems, Inc. (TCS) (NASDAQ: TSYS), a leading provider of mission critical wireless communications, and Vodafone Spain, the Spanish subsidiary of one of Europe's leading wireless service providers, today announced an agreement to offer TCS' marketStream(TM) financial information service on Vodafone branded BlackBerry® devices.


 

Nordic Business Report-March 28, 2006-Danish Securities Services acquires shareholder register activities of Danske Bank and Nordea(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Standard & Poor's Rating Services announced today the credit ratings of Glitnir banki hf. (formerly Íslandsbanki hf.): Long-term A-, short-term A-2 and the rating outlook is stable.


 

London (IFN) Shares in ICEX-listed financial institutions are rising as a result of an A- long-term and A-2 short-term credit rating issued to Glitnir by Standard & Poor's, analysts said on Tuesday.


 

London (IFN) Finnish telecoms group Elisa Corporation said on Tuesday that its ownership in Finnish internet and telecommunications services company Saunalahti Group Oyj has reached 100%.


 

Nordic Business Report-March 28, 2006-OP Bank Group raises its OP-prime rate(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 28, 2006-Standard & Poor's Ratings Services rates Glitnir banki hf(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Reykjavik (IFN) Nordic budge airline Sterling has said it plans to separate its pilot corps into two groups, based on the staff distribution of the original Sterling and Maersk Air, in a move to settle internal conflict between its pilots.


 

Highlights of 2005:


 

Nordic Business Report-March 28, 2006-cBrain wins IT solutions order from Danish ministry of taxation(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 28, 2006-Flugger A/S posts Q3 operating loss of DKK3.2m(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 28, 2006-Intellecta AB divests Broderna Ljungberg Tryckeri AB(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Reykjavik (IFN) International ratings agency Standard & Poor's (S&P) announced on Tuesday that it has issued Iceland's Glitnir Bank, formerly Islandsbanki, a long-term rating of A- and short-term rating of A-2, with a stable outlook.


 

Video update available now on www.cantos.com with Chris Woodruff, CEO, BAA (LSE:BAA) Budapest, and Stewart Wingate, CEO Designate, BAA Budapest.


 

Apple Computer Inc. (AAPL) Chairman and Chief Executive Steve Jobs has given up nearly half of his stake in the company to satisfy tax obligations on 10 million restricted Apple shares that vested this month.


 

Stora Enso announces the early participation results of its exchange offer for any and all of its USD 750 000 000 7.375% Notes Due 2011


 

Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERICY) EDA technology has been selected by Liwest Kabelmedien GmbH, a leading regional cable operator in Austria. The deployment allows Liwest to offer an enhanced broadband platform with high-speed connections to its customers.


 

Nordic Business Report-March 28, 2006-Elisa Corporation's holding in Saunalahti Group reaches 100%(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 28, 2006-Kemira GrowHow Oyj sets up joint venture with UEE Chem S.L.(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 28, 2006-Liwest Kabelmedien GmbH selects Ericsson EDA technology(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 28, 2006-Statkraft and Elektroprivreda Crne Gore sign cooperation agreement(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 28, 2006-Zodiak Television AB acquires Danish production company Look Entertainment ApS(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

The Montenegrin Investment Promotion Agency (MIPA) will coordinate and assist EPCG and Statkraft in the preparation and execution of a joint study.


 

LONDON (Dow Jones)--Virgin Atlantic will need every one of the additional high-paying business passengers it's trying to woo aboard as part of its three-year strategic plan.


 

========================================================Ifo Business Sentiment ! !March Feb ! !Index 105.4 103.4r ! Consensus:102.9 !Conditions 105.1 101.9 ! Actual: 105.4 !Prospects 105.7 104.9r ! !r=revision ! !========================================================LONDON (Dow Jones)--Confidence among German business leaders reached new heights in March, according to the Ifo Institute, defying expectations of a slide.


 

BERLIN (AP)--Workers at a BMW AG (BMW.XE) car plant in eastern Germany staged a short strike on Tuesday, escalating a dispute over wages for industrial workers across Europe's largest economy.


 

The drilling contractor for SS "Petrolia", Larsen Oil & Gas Ltd. of Aberdeen, Scotland has successfully completed upgrading of the rig, Class Renewal, Safety Case Renewal and approval of the rig by the Operator, Island Oil & Gas Ltd. of Ireland.


 

US SUMMARY: Stocks Mixed; Investors Wary Of Fed Stance


 

Reykjavik (IFN) Icelandair is not interested in partnership or an alliance with flag carrier Finnair, Icelandair chief executive Jon Karl Olaffsson told Finnish daily Taloussanomat.


 

The HemoCue Hb201+ provides an opportunity for quick, simple and reliable quantitative Hemoglobin results. The HemoCue Glucose 201+ is based on a glucose dehydrogenase method and consists of a small, dedicated analyser and a unique disposable microcuvette. Glucose 201+ and the new improved analyser Glucose 201 RT, produce immediate, accurate results for screening, diagnosing and monitoring diabetes, as well as monitoring neonatal blood glucose levels.


 

Nordic Business Report-March 28, 2006-Finnish consumer confidence down in March 2006(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 28, 2006-PA Resources AB pre-qualified as licence-holder(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 28, 2006-Petroleum Geo-Services ASA to separate into two companies(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 28, 2006-SeaBird Exploration Limited to hold IPO(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 28, 2006-Telenor ASA owns 96.6% of Glocalnet(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

The partial outsourcing of the production of this ingredient enables Numico to further focus its production platform on higher value-added ingredients and production technologies while simultaneously ensuring the desired quality and food safety standards of the outsourced production. Under the agreement, Dairygold will acquire the manufacturing plant in Macroom (Ireland) - including the transfer of all employees - and will enter into a long-term contract arrangement to manufacture and supply base milk powder to Numico.


 

DATE: March 28th 2006 TRADING SYMBOL: TORONTO & OSLO: CRU, FRANKFURT: KNC, OTC-BB-other: CRUGF


 

Nordic Business Report-March 28, 2006-AB Lindex reports Q2 operating profit of SEK148m(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 28, 2006-A-Com AB acquires Bizkit(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 28, 2006-Boss Media AB invests in 20% stake in Chinese e-sports company Bele Ltd(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 28, 2006-Stromme ASA and Tesma Holding AS complete merger(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

ZAGREB (Dow Jones)--Actavis Group HF (ACT.IC), an Icelandic pharmaceutical company, might improve its offer to buy Pliva DD (PLVA.ZG), Croatia's largest pharmaceuticals company, if Pliva's management allows a due diligence process, Actavis' Chief Executive Robert Wessman said Monday, CEE MarketWatch reported.


 

A total of 18,300 new KONE class B shares have been subscribed for with 2005A option rights and 64,740 new KONE class B shares with 2005B option rights. The Finnish Board of Patents and Registration has on 28 March, 2006 entered the corresponding 41,520.00 euro increase of KONE Corporation's share capital into the Trade Register. Trading of the new shares will start on 29 March, 2006. The shares acquired shall first qualify for dividend payment for the financial year during which the subscription has taken place. Other rights related to the shares shall commence on the date when the increase in the share capital is entered in the Trade Register.


 

BioFocus will synthesize novel chemical compound libraries based on Roche's framework structures and provide these collections on an exclusive basis to Roche. These libraries will be generated using a combination of BioFocus' molecular informatics tools and a wide range of synthetic chemistry capabilities.


 

* Profit before tax and discontinued operations improved 74% to EUR 826 million from EUR 474 million, including Interpolis since November 2005 * Gross written premiums increased 19% to EUR 6,577 million from EUR 5,524 million in 2004, including Interpolis since November 2005 * Total equity strengthened 111% to EUR 8,525 million (following merger with Interpolis) from EUR 4,041 million in 2004 * Return on equity increased to 12.7% from 10.9% in 2004 * Return on adjusted equity[1] increased to 19.2% from 16.6% in 2004 * Debt leverage improved to 9.6% from 12.8% in 2004 * Earnings per share on continuing operations increased by 79% to EUR 3.11 from EUR 1.74 * Proposed dividend per share at EUR 1.41, up from EUR 0.83 in 2004 (excluding a transaction-related dividend - mainly related to the sale of F&C Management - of EUR 1.13)


 

Nordic Business Report-March 28, 2006-Coloplast A/S to acquire urology business of Mentor Corporation(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 28, 2006-European Commission approves Aker Yards ASA's acquisition of ALSTOM's shipbuilding activities in France(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 28, 2006-Kitron ASA three-year production order from HemoCue AB(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 28, 2006-NTR Holding A/S divests stake in BPC Group(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 28, 2006-Paynova AB signs cooperation agreement with Creative Conversion Technologies(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 28, 2006-Stavanger Aftenblad ASA acquires 10% stake in NA24 AS(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

The per-share subscription price of the shares subscribed with the option rights was EUR 1.35. Each share entitles to one vote. The new shares entitle their holders to a dividend for the financial year 2006. Other shareholder entitlements became effective today.


 

WMH Group Improved performance in the second half-year closed the sales gap relative to last year from 8.0% in the first half-year to 2.5% at year-end. Group sales finally closed at CHF 690.0 million (CHF 707.9 million). Net of exchange and consolidation effects, this represents a decline in sales of 2.3%. The decline was caused by the WMH Tools and WMH Air Conditioning business segments. Lower turnover in the retail business of WMH Tool Group which resulted from deliberately pursuing better margins could only partly be compensated by higher sales in the North American industrial business. WMH Air Conditioning fell short of the previous year's sales level for unit air conditioners and air conditioning systems mainly because of low temperatures during the summer months. However, more intensive activity in humidification and dehumidification as well as with air-inlet cooling systems for gas turbines succeeded in partly eliminating this shortfall. Thanks to good market conditions and increases in internal efficiency, WMH Heating shone with a 6.3% increase in sales net of consolidation effects.


 

(British Virgin Islands, 28 March 2006) SeaBird Exploration BVI ("SeaBird") intends to hold an initial public offering ("IPO") totaling up to NOK 480 million ahead of its planned listing on the Oslo Stock Exchange. The subscription period will run from 29 March until 6 April 2006.


 

Reykjavik (IFN) Danish property group Keops A/S said on Friday that it had acquired Ejendomsselskabet Hedegardene ApS from a company wholly-owned by architect Claus B. Hansen.


 

Stærsti framleiðandi kældra matvæla í Bretlandi, Norhtern Foods er í vandræðum, og eru getgátur um að Bakkavör komi fyrirtækinu til bjargar eins og Íslendingum einum er lagið - með því að kaupa það. Northern Foods gerir ráð fyrir að hagnaður ársins muni dragast saman um 28% vegna hækkandi orkuverðs og verri samninga við stórmarkaði, ásamt aukinni samkeppni þeirra á milli um markaðshlutdeild. Fyrirtækið er einn helsti samkeppnisaðili Bakkavarar í framleiðslu á kældum matvælum í Bretlandi en á meðan hagnaður Bakkavarar fyrir skatta hefur aldrei verið meiri, lækkar hagnaður Northern Foods. Gengi bréfa Northern Foods lækkaði um 19% í kjölfar afkomuviðvörunar og benda sérfærðingar að kauptækifæri sé í bréfum félagins. En það gæti verið erfitt fyrir Bakkavör að sannfæra samkeppnisyfirvöld í Bretlandi um að sameiningi félagana sé góð hugmynd þar sem sameinað félag myndi bera höfuð og herðar yfir önnur sambærileg félög á Bretlandsmarkaði. Kannski það gangi betur að sannfæra íslensk samkeppnisyfirvöld um að það sé ekki góð hugmynd að Dagsbrún og Kögun sameinist?


 

Nordic Business Report-March 27, 2006-Keops A/S acquires Ejendomsselskabet Hedegardene ApS(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 27, 2006-Tamro Corporation acquires Polish pre-wholesaler(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 27, 2006-Tamro Corporation increases holding in ZAO Rosta(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 27, 2006-Tamro Corporation reports 12-month operating profit of EUR116.5m(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 27, 2006-TietoEnator Corporation and OMX AB cancel joint venture(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 27, 2006-Analysts expect Iceland's central bank to raise interest rates to 11.25%(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 27, 2006-Amagerbanken upgrades full-year forecast(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 27, 2006-ReadSoft AB lands expansion order from Computershare(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 27, 2006-TradeDoubler AB acquires Advertigo(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Reykjavik (IFN) Shares in Iceland's three largest banks ? Kaupthing, Landsbanki and Glitnir ? recovered on Monday from Friday's news that US investors decided not to roll over bonds issued by the banks.


 

Nordic Business Report-March 27, 2006-Neste Oil and OMV plan next-generation bio diesel fuel plant in Austria(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 27, 2006-SOK to build two hotels in St Petersburg - report(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 27, 2006-Statoil finds oil and gas on Gudrun structure(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 27, 2006-UNC Charlotte selects SSH Tectia for secure file transfer(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 27, 2006-Actavis considers Croatian stock exchange listing - report(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

[Dow Jones] Icelandic krona has appreciated, says Kaupthing Bank, after recent downturn, with the Icelandic trade weighted index climbing by 1.4% to stand at 121.5 points. USD/ISK is around 72.2 (-1%) and the EUR/ISK stands at 86.9 (-1.2%). (PKN)


 

Reykjavik (IFN) Local analysts are expecting Iceland's central bank to raise interest rates by 50 basis points to 11.25% on March 30, according to an IFN survey.


 

Nordic Business Report-March 27, 2006-Bergs Timber AB withdraws bid for Gransjoverken AB(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 27, 2006-BioPhausia AB acquires rights to new products from Cipla(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 27, 2006-Media and Research Group MRG ASA acquires data collection operations in Sweden(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 27, 2006-Trio AB receives contact centre solution order from SpareBank 1 Skadeforsikring AS(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 27, 2006-Vizrt Ltd wins new orders from ORF(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 27, 2006-WSP Sverige AB acquires HLLS Arkitekter(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

[Dow Jones] Evolution Securities is puzzled by Baugur's (BAUGUR.YY) decision to increase its stake in Woolworths (WLW.LN0) to 10.02%.


 

Nordic Business Report-March 27, 2006-Iceland's Eimskip to acquire 50% stake in Innovate HQ Limited(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Reykjavik (IFN) Icelandic generic drug maker Actavis is considering a listing on the Zagreb stock exchange, a company source told IFN on Monday.


 

Reykjavik (IFN) Icelandic transport solutions group Avion Group reported on Friday (24 March) an operating loss of USD10.35m on net sales of USD306.1m for the financial period November 2005 to January 2006.


 

Nordic Business Report-March 27, 2006-Main shareholders of Mekonomen terminate share sales process(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 27, 2006-Metsa-Botnia willing to suspend work at pulp mill in Uruguay - report(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 27, 2006-Pan Fish ASA signs new EUR900m loan agreement(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Reykjavik (IFN) Icelandic transportation firm Eimskip has agreed to acquire a 50% stake in Nottingham-based rival Innovate HQ Limited, Eimskip said in a statment on Monday.


 

Nordic Business Report-March 27, 2006-Aircall AB to raise SEK21m in private placement(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 27, 2006-Aker Yards ASA receives new shipbuilding contract from Farstad Shipping ASA(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 27, 2006-Arcam AB wins first order from new US distributor Stratasys Inc(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 27, 2006-Axis AB wins USD1m network video system order from US retailer(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 27, 2006-EDB Business Partner ASA wins Norway's first hospital IT outsourcing contract(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 27, 2006-HitecVision Private Equity AS announces bid for Technor ASA(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 27, 2006-NCC wins SEK13m road junction contract(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 27, 2006-Net Insight AB wins add-on order from European Broadcasting Union(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 27, 2006-Saab sells Saab Metech AB to Bodycote International Plc(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 27, 2006-Wihlborgs Fastigheter AB acquires office and warehouse property in Malmo(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 27, 2006-Ericsson introduces integrated broadband network portfolio(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 27, 2006-NIB releases first payment to Simrad Optronics ASA(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 27, 2006-Spar Finland to cut 217 jobs and close 29 stores - report(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 27, 2006-Telelogic AB completes acquisition of I-Logix(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 27, 2006-TeliaSonera Finland to introduce new 3G service packages and new pricing model(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 27, 2006-Telio Holding AS terminates contract with Glocalnet AB(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 27, 2006-Baugur increases stake in Woolworths(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 27, 2006-Avion Group hf reports Q1 2006 loss of USD10.35m(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 27, 2006-E.ON Finland reports operating profit of EUR63.6m for 2005(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 27, 2006-Metso Paper to supply linerboard machine in China(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 27, 2006-Neste Oil Corporation to sell its 10% stake in Ibn Zahr(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 27, 2006-Sinvest ASA acquires Beta Drilling AS(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Reykjavik (IFN) Icelandic retail investor Baugur has increased its stake in struggling UK retailer Woolworths to 10.02%, it said in an announcement to the London Stock Exchange on Friday.


 

Nordic Business Report-March 27, 2006-AF Gruppen ASA receives two demolition contracts(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 27, 2006-Agder Energi and TeleVenture Management AS to establish joint mobile telephony company(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 27, 2006-Akelius Fastigheter AB acquires 12 properties in Umea(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 27, 2006-ASSA ABLOY AB completes acquisition of Adams Rite Manufacturing Co(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 27, 2006-Cardinal Foods AS acquires Jaerkylling AS(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 27, 2006-Carnegie Fastigheter Sverige AB acquires properties in Sweden for SEK1.2bn(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 27, 2006-CashGuard AB wins breakthrough order from Brink's in Belgium(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 27, 2006-Data Respons ASA lands NOK35.1m contract(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 27, 2006-Exense ASA receives new contracts for NOK1.2m(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 27, 2006-Wedins Skor och Accessoarer AB divests holding in Skokanonen AB(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

US SUMMARY: Fed Meeting May Hold Markets At Bay


 

Reykjavik (IFN) Icelandic stock and currency markets suffered yet another blow on Friday on news that a number of U.S. money market funds had declined to roll over five-year bonds issued by the three top commercial banks.


 

Nordic Business Report-March 24, 2006-Hansabank opens branch office in St Petersburg(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 24, 2006-Polimoon ASA to acquire French company Vendee Plastique(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Reykjavik (IFN) Finnish-Swedish stock exchange operator OMX AB said on Friday (24 March) that it had launched a new index family, the VINX, in cooperation with the exchanges in Norway (Oslo Bors) and in Iceland (ICEX).


 

Nordic Business Report-March 24, 2006-Aker Yards ASA to build 8 supply vessels for A.P. Moller-Maersk AS(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 24, 2006-Norwegian broadband subscriptions up in Q3 2005(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 24, 2006-Production interrupted at Raisio Plc's oil milling plant(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 24, 2006-Rautaruukki Corporation receives approval for acquisition of Steel-Mont a.s.(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

AMERICAN MARKETS OUTLOOK: U.S. stock markets are set to open higher Friday, based on futures trading. Matthew Macklin, futures dealer at IG index says, "Having been down Thursday as much as 70 points, the Dow Jones Industrial Average started to gain back some lost ground, closing down 47. I expect this momentum to continue on opening."


 

Reykjavik (IFN) Daybreak Acquisitions, an acquisition vehicle owned by Icelandic media group Dagbrun, has agreed to acquire London-listed Wyndeham Press Group in a deal worth GBP80.6 million, chairman Thordis Sigurdardottir told IFN on Friday.


 

Nordic Business Report-March 24, 2006-Attendo AB reports operating result of SEK198.1m(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 24, 2006-Powel ASA wins new orders in Norway and the Czech Republic(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 24, 2006-Digita wins Finnish mobile TV licence - report(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 24, 2006-Swedish net trade surplus down in February 2006(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 24, 2006-Greentech Energy Systems A/S reports pre-tax loss of DKK12.31m(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

STOCKHOLM (Dow Jones)--Swedish stock exchange operator OMX AB (OMX.SK) Friday said it will launch a new index family on April 3, 2006, in cooperation with the exchanges in Oslo and Reykjavik.


 

Nordic Business Report-March 24, 2006-CapMan Plc establishes fourth life science fund(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 24, 2006-Huhtamaki Oyj completes sale of Mexican subsidiary(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 24, 2006-Kogun hf acquires US Microsoft reseller(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 24, 2006-OMX AB, Oslo Bors and ICEX launch new index family(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 24, 2006-Studsvik AB receives licence to increase operations at its melting plant(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 24, 2006-Technopolis Plc acquires majority holding in Oulutech Oy(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 24, 2006-US court reverses and remands judgement regarding Stolt-Nielsen S.A.(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 24, 2006-Captura ASA signs cooperation agreement with Transware AB(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 24, 2006-Fast Search & Transfer ASA receives contract from Fonecta Ltd(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 24, 2006-Nera Networks wins major WIMAX contract from African operator(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 24, 2006-Net Insight AB wins media network order from new customer in Europe(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 24, 2006-Brodrene Hartmann A/S reports operating result of DKK45m(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 24, 2006-Dalhoff Larsen & Horneman A/S reports pre-tax result of DKK175m(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 24, 2006-D/S Orion A/S reports pre-tax result of DKK35.12m(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 24, 2006-Thrane & Thrane Airtime A/S signs distribution partnership agreement with Inmarsat(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Reykjavik (IFN) Iceland's Ministry of Finance Thursday criticized Danske Bank A/S's (DANSKE.KO) report on the Iceland economy, saying it contained factual errors and was "too liberal on facts and the context of things."


 

[Dow Jones] Iceland's current account deficit is set to be "considerably" smaller in '06 than '05 thanks to the depreciation of the krona, says Kaupthing Research.


 

Nordic Business Report-March 23, 2006-Metso Minerals to supply rotary railcar dumper in Australia(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 23, 2006-Norwegian Internet usage up in 2005(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 23, 2006-Swedish producer prices down in February 2006(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 23, 2006-Turnover for Norwegian construction up in 2005(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 23, 2006-Glunz & Jensen A/S reports Q3 EBIT of DKK6.2m(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 23, 2006-Grundfos A/S reports pre-tax result of DKK1,254m(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 23, 2006-Inwido AB acquires SnickarPer and Moddorr(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 23, 2006-Netwise AB wins SEK1.7m order from Asian based telecomms operator(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 23, 2006-SKAKO Industries A/S reports pre-tax loss of DKK26.92m(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 23, 2006-NCC receives DKK9m contract from Copenhagen Zoo(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 23, 2006-NCC wins waste water plant contract in Are(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 23, 2006-Norsk Hydro ASA and Qatar Petroleum to establish joint aluminium plant in Qatar(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 23, 2006-Teligent AB receives upgrade order in southern Europe(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

AMERICAN MARKETS OUTLOOK: U.S. stock markets are expected to open a touch higher Thursday ahead of economic data that are expected to set direction for equities.


 

Reykjavik (IFN) Dutch Bank ING said on Thursday that the Iceland situation for bonds and ISK might not be as bad as feared by recent reports, although the country may face "severe downside" risks in the near-term.


 

(Dow Jones) East European currencies are rebounding against the EUR after Wednesday's sharp losses. RBC Capital Markets suggests this is more evidence that "scaremongering over the Icelandic financial crisis is overdone, as are fears of a global liquidity crunch."


 

Nordic Business Report-March 23, 2006-Nvidia to acquire Hybrid Graphics - report(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 23, 2006-Camillo Eitzen & Co ASA divests LPG carrier(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 23, 2006-Camito AB and Sandvik Coromant AB sign cooperation agreement(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 23, 2006-Industri Kapital acquires Sport Group(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 23, 2006-Rottneros AB to establish new business area for food packaging products(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 23, 2006-Sky Communication in Sweden AB signs broadband services agreement for Eskilstuna city network(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 23, 2006-TITE AB receives SEK13m order on Gotland(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 23, 2006-Tritel Media AB invests EUR160m in Morocco Film City(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 23, 2006-PT lowers Finnish GDP growth forecast for 2006 - report(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 23, 2006-Record number of counterfeit mobile phones confiscated by Finnish customs - report(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Reykjavik (IFN) The Icelandic debt office's recent rejection of all bids at a 4-year government auction is due to the yields offered being too high, and not due to a lack of bids, and isn't an unusual event, an analyst with Toronto Dominion Securities said on Thursday.


 

Nordic Business Report-March 23, 2006-Imarex to merge with subsidiary(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 23, 2006-Metso Paper to supply board machine rebuild in India(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 23, 2006-Polimoon ASA acquires Danish packaging business(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 23, 2006-SeaDrill Ltd declares option for fourth jack-up rig(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 23, 2006-Goodtech ASA receives water treatment plant order from SCA Packaging Obbola AB(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 23, 2006-NCC wins 15-year road surface contract in Mariestad(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

US SUMMARY: Stocks Rebound On Upbeat Corporate News


 

Reykjavik (IFN) The Danish property developer Sjaelso Gruppen A/S said on Wednesday (22 March) it had purchased a building site for its planned 129,200 square metre World Trade Center Copenhagen project in Orestad Syd ("Orestad South") in Denmark.


 

Nordic Business Report-March 23, 2006-Sectra AB selects Jeeves Enterprise as new business solution(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 23, 2006-Subsea 7 Inc wins USD160m contract extension from BP Exploration Operating Co Ltd(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 23, 2006-V&S Group acquires remaining shares of Cruzan International(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 23, 2006-Danware A/S in talks to acquire Cursum A/S(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 23, 2006-Gerby Produkter AB signs distribution agreement with Saeco International Group SpA(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 23, 2006-Migatronic A/S reports pre-tax result of DKK8.7m(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 23, 2006-Norsk Hydro ASA awarded four licences in Danish sector(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 23, 2006-Statoil ASA comes up dry on Uranus prospect(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Reykjavik (IFN) Icelandic G3-banks Kaupthing Bank and Landsbanki Islands have launched a counter-attack in response to a critical report from rival Danske Bank.


 

REYKJAVIK (Dow Jones)--Iceland's government and banking community Wednesday hit back at recent warnings about the country's financial stability, in particular a note issued by Denmark's Danske Bank (DANSKE.KO) that predicted an imminent recession.


 

Nordic Business Report-March 22, 2006-Axel Johnson AB reports operating profit of SEK738m(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 22, 2006-Dios Fastigheter AB and Handelsbanken sign financing agreement(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 22, 2006-Lennart Wallenstam Byggnads AB divests residential property in Gothenburg(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 22, 2006-Sjaelso Gruppen A/S purchases land for World Trade Center Copenhagen(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 22, 2006-Wedins Skor & Accessoarer AB raises SEK339m in new share issue(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 22, 2006-Exel Oyj to cut 54 jobs in Finland(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Reykjavik (IFN) Icelandic media and telecoms company Dagsbrun has agreed to acquire a 51% stake in ICEX-listed software and IT consulting firm Kogun in a deal worth ISK14.5 billion, Dagsbrun said on Wednesday.


 

Nordic Business Report-March 22, 2006-Ahlstrom Corporation invests EUR38m in Russia(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 22, 2006-Lannen Tehtaat and Raisio Plc joint venture acquires Russian feed factory(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 22, 2006-Data Respons ASA completes acquisition of Memstore AB(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Reykjavik (IFN) Iceland's blue-chip index is recovering, following a critical report by Danske Bank on the Icelandic economy, analysts said on Wednesday, but added the ISK is still hurting.


 

Nordic Business Report-March 22, 2006-Resia acquires Resesaljarna i Pitea AB(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 22, 2006-Strand Interconnect AB acquires Inoment AB(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 22, 2006-Fingerprint Cards AB wins SEK7.3m order in China(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 22, 2006-Gamma Medica-Ideas receives order for detector modules from US baggage screening systems manufacturer(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 22, 2006-Peab wins SEK120m hotel renovation contract in Stockholm(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 22, 2006-Sky Communication in Sweden AB provides broadband services for Strangnas city network(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

LONDON (Dow Jones)--Former Spice Girl Victoria Beckham reportedly offended bosses of supermarket chain Iceland when she scathingly denied a spurious report that she was to be the new face of their ad campaign.


 

Nordic Business Report-March 22, 2006-Etla raises Finnish 2006 GDP growth forecast(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 22, 2006-Powerwave Technologies Sweden AB to enhance Chicago Transit Authority's radio system(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Reykjavik (IFN) Danske Bank's critical report on Iceland's economy contains "numerous inaccuracies, which coincidentally all serve to paint a bleaker picture than the facts would warrant," Icelandic bank Glitnir said on Wednesday.


 

Nordic Business Report-March 22, 2006-Alfa Laval AB wins SEK45m order(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 22, 2006-Ericsson to deliver multimedia and converged services in Portugal(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 22, 2006-Intentia International AB signs new agreement with Jula Postorder AB(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 22, 2006-KT Venture Group joins asetek's funding round(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 22, 2006-Stora Enso Oyj to restart operations at Veitsiluoto Sawmill in Finland(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 22, 2006-Suomen Helasto Oyj reports 3-month operating profit of EUR0.17m(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 22, 2006-Biometron AB reports operating loss of SEK4.45m(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 22, 2006-Net Insight AB receives Nimbra order in Canada(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 22, 2006-The Sage Group Plc to acquire Visma ASA(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 22, 2006-Wilh. Sonesson AB acquires sales rights within self-diagnostics(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 22, 2006-Administrative court rules partly in favour of AB Industrivarden(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 22, 2006-Amer Sports Corporation subsidiary's works council requests court ruling(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 22, 2006-Confederation of Finnish Industries calls for tax cuts - report(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 22, 2006-Elisa Corporation signs contract with DANTE(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 22, 2006-Hungary receives first five Gripen fighter aircraft(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 22, 2006-Metso Paper to supply pulping line in Brazil(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 22, 2006-TeliaSonera and Finnish interior ministry settle dispute - report(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 22, 2006-TietoEnator Corporation expands cooperation with Siemens(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 22, 2006-Aker Kvaerner ASA wins NOK450m drilling systems order from Discoverer Invest Ltd(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 22, 2006-Bavarian Nordic A/S reports pre-tax loss of DKK116.4m(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 22, 2006-Prevas AB establishes new product development operation in Gothenburg(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 22, 2006-Simrad Optronics ASA signs refinancing deal with DnBNOR(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 22, 2006-Technor ASA acquires Westad Industri AS(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 22, 2006-WM-data AB receives customer information system contracts for SEK18m(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 22, 2006-Yara International ASA acquires Phosyn Plc(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

US SUMMARY: Shares Finish Erratic Session Lower


 

Nordic Business Report-March 22, 2006-A-Com AB posts Q3 operating profit of SEK2.1m(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 22, 2006-Axel Johnson International AB posts pre-tax result of SEK163m(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 22, 2006-Bergesen Worldwide Gas ASA to take 50% stakes in four new gas carriers(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 22, 2006-Bonnier Publishing Ltd acquires US publisher Weldon Owen Publishing(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 22, 2006-Micronic Laser Systems AB launches new subsidiary in Korea(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 22, 2006-Nordic Semiconductor ASA receives NOK6.4m components order(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 22, 2006-SRAB Shipping AB acquires two product tankers(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Reykjavik (IFN) Icelandic G3-banks Kaupthing Bank and Landsbanki Islands have launched a counter-attack in response to a critical report from rival Danske Bank.


 

Reykjavik (IFN) Shares in Iceland's major banks fell sharply on Tuesday following a critical report from Danske Bank.


 

LONDON (Dow Jones)--The Icelandic krona has come under renewed selling pressure after a report from Danske Bank Tuesday said that the country's economy could be heading for a hard landing.


 

Nordic Business Report-March 21, 2006-Auriga Industries A/S reports preliminary operating profit of DKK482m for 2005(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 21, 2006-Wartsila-delivered power plant inaugurated in Germany(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

STOCKHOLM (IFN) - Danske Bank analysts Tuesday warned that Iceland risks pitching into a recession this year as banks and households begin having trouble servicing high debt levels as borrowing costs rise and asset values fall.


 

Nordic Business Report-March 21, 2006-Det Ostasiatiske Kompagni A/S reports operating profit of DKK229m in 2005(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 21, 2006-Teligent AB to upgrade messaging system in Africa(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Reykjavik (IFN) The NATO secretary-general said Monday he plans to hold talks with officials in Iceland to follow up a decision by the U.S. to withdraw most of its service members and all of its fighter jets and helicopters from the country later this year.


 

Nordic Business Report-March 21, 2006-Peab wins SEK73m contract to build heating plant in Norrtalje(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 21, 2006-Vestas Wind Systems A/S lands new wind turbines order in Italy(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

AMERICAN MARKETS OUTLOOK: U.S. stock markets are set to open up Monday, although Antony Hill at FSW Securities says he expects the market to take a breather following last week's 5 year record high and with traders anticipating the upcoming Fed meeting in eight days. Hill adds, "However, (Fed Chairman) Bernanke is giving a speech today at the New York Economic Club and if he promises to be as transparent and open as he claims, then he might well hint at events next week. This could have significant short-term impact on the markets."


 

Nordic Business Report-March 21, 2006-Bank of Finland expects GDP growth of 3.4% in 2006 - report(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 21, 2006-Stora Enso Oyj to rebuild wood handling department at Finnish mill(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Reykjavik (IFN) US-based furniture retailer Pier 1 Imports said on Monday (March 20) it had agreed to sell its UK-based subsidiary to Iceland-based Palli Limited for about USD15 million.


 

Nordic Business Report-March 21, 2006-Ecovision AB signs contract with Handelsbanken for financial information feed(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 21, 2006-TeliaSonera Sweden introduces SIM card locking service(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 21, 2006-Nokia launches new business solution for mobile Java games(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 21, 2006-Nokia launches new Forum Nokia PRO Games Zone(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 21, 2006-Nokia unveils new software development kit(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 21, 2006-Siem Offshore Inc subsidiary signs contract with DGH India(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 21, 2006-Clear Water 42 Holding ASA posts loss of NOK0.93m(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 21, 2006-Guard Systems ASA reports pre-tax loss of NOK0.90m(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 21, 2006-Standard and Poor's revises Norske Skog's debt outlook to 'negative'(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Reykjavik (IFN) Icelandic bank Kaupthing Bank said on Monday (20 March) that Moody's Investors Service had updated the bank's credit opinion.


 

Nordic Business Report-March 21, 2006-Fortum to invest SEK25m in repairing Stackamora dam(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 21, 2006-Mekonomen reports 6.8% growth in February sales(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 21, 2006-SWECO wins SEK2m water assignment in Bangladesh(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Reykjavik (IFN) Iceland's central bank will raise interest rates by 50 basis points to 11.25% on March 30, the research unit of Icelandic bank Glitnir said on Thursday.


 

Nordic Business Report-March 21, 2006-Cencorp Corporation to cut 23 jobs in Finland(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 21, 2006-Finland ranked sixth in economic growth in EU - report(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 21, 2006-Finnish competition authority removed from handling enquiry concerning Oriola Corporation(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 21, 2006-Finnish employment up in February 2006(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 21, 2006-Finnish total output down in January 2006(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 21, 2006-Moody's updates Kaupthing Bank hf's credit opinion(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 21, 2006-Pan Fish ASA applies for 25% stake of Norwegian licensed biomass for salmon and trout(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 21, 2006-Teleste Corporation signs LoI with Essent Kabelcom(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 21, 2006-Arkil Holding A/S reports pre-tax result of DKK35.1m(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 21, 2006-Danisco A/S reports Q3 pre-tax result of DKK247m(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 21, 2006-FLSmidth & Co A/S wins cement grinding plant contract in Brazil(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 21, 2006-Labs2 Group AB secures BRIKKS contract from Allbohus Fastighets AB(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 21, 2006-LB Icon AB and Framfab AB to merge(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 21, 2006-Ledstiernan AB sells stake in Interpeak AB(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 21, 2006-Media and Research Group MRG ASA wins 4-year contract from A-pressen ASA(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 21, 2006-SkiStar AB reports 6-month pre-tax result of SEK133m(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 21, 2006-Volvo Group acquires stake in Nissan Diesel(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

US SUMMARY: Stocks Mixed; Bernanke Plays It Safe


 

ZAGREB, Croatia (Dow Jones)--Croatian Prime Minister Ivo Sanader said the state doesn't intend to sell its stake in Pliva DD (PLVA.ZG), the largest Croatian pharmaceuticals company, news agency CEEMarketWatch reported.


 

Tölvulistinn hlaut fyrir skömmu gullvottun Microsoft, segir í fréttatilkynningu. Það er viðurkenning fyrir sérfræðiþekkingu Tölvulistans á ?Information Worker? og ?Networking Infrastructure? lausnum Microsoft.


 

Nordic Business Report-March 20, 2006-Actavis secures financing for USD1.6bn Pliva bid(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 20, 2006-Iceland's Fons agrees to buy Danish travel operator Hekla Resjer - report(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 20, 2006-ICEX could renew merger talks with OMX - CEO(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Reykjavik (IFN) Icelandic generic drug maker has secured bank financing to fund its USD1.6 billion approach for Croatian rival Pliva, sources close to the situation told IFN.


 

Nordic Business Report-March 20, 2006-Stolt-Nielsen S.A. subsidiary to acquire 50% stake Oiltanking Antwerp N.V.(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 20, 2006-Green Reefers ASA acquires Silver Fjord(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 20, 2006-Kitron ASA secures industrialisation and production contract from Biosensor Application AB(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 20, 2006-NorGani Hotels ASA sells Comfort Hotel Nobel in Molde(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 20, 2006-TrygVesta A/S to launch marine insurances in Sweden(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 20, 2006-Wallmans Nojen AB reports pre-tax result of SEK27.93m(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

STOCKHOLM (Dow Jones)--OMX AB (OMX.SK), the Nordic stock exchange operator that got the ball rolling on consolidation talk six years ago, is closely following developments in the drive to transform the European bourse landscape, Chief Executive Magnus Boecker said Monday.


 

Stockholm (IFN) The chief executive of the Iceland Stock Exchange, or ICEX, Monday said the company might consider renewing merger talks with Nordic stock exchange operator OMX AB "sooner rather than later," citing recent development in the European bourse landscape.


 

Nordic Business Report-March 20, 2006-FIM Group reports operating profit of EUR19.1m for 2005(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 20, 2006-SAS Braathens and Norwegian cabin workers union halt negotiations - report(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

AMERICAN MARKETS OUTLOOK: U.S. stock markets are set to open up Monday, although Antony Hill at FSW Securities says he expects the market to take a breather following last week's 5 year record high and with traders anticipating the upcoming Fed meeting in eight days. Hill adds, "However, (Fed Chairman) Bernanke is giving a speech today at the New York Economic Club and if he promises to be as transparent and open as he claims, then he might well hint at events next week. This could have significant short-term impact on the markets."


 

Reykjavik (IFN) Fitch Ratings says in a special report published today that the major Scandinavian banks have continued to perform well, although challenges remain in the form of margin pressure, strong competition and operating in a largely mature market.


 

Nordic Business Report-March 20, 2006-Dacke Group Nordic AB acquires Hermelin Nordic Research AB(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 20, 2006-Optegra AB completes acquisition of Termo Regulator AB(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 20, 2006-Rottneros AB confirms pulp price hike(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

[Dow Jones] Citigroup reiterates Pliva (PLVA.ZG) sell rating with $10 target price for the GDRs. Notes that while Actavis (ACT.IC) could raise its bid and Pliva management might reconsider, the risk is on the downside. Notes that Pliva has posted a negative EBIT for five quarters in a row, despite spending millions on acquisitions. Pliva shares +6% at HRK541. (FRS)


 

Reykjavik (IFN) Icelandic bank Landsbanki Islands hf issued on Friday (17 March) a statement regarding recent international media coverage and analyses of the Icelandic economy and the banking system.


 

Nordic Business Report-March 20, 2006-Birka Line Abp to cut 145 jobs(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 20, 2006-Finnair Plc selects Rolls-Royce engines for A350 aircraft(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 20, 2006-Metro International S.A. to launch new edition in Mexico City(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 20, 2006-Olvi Plc increases holding in Lithuanian brewery(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 20, 2006-Panostaja Oyj reports 3-month operating profit of EUR0.8m(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 20, 2006-Petrojack ASA announces offers for its rig owning companies(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 20, 2006-Stora Enso source denies report of plan to bid for Mondi - report(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 20, 2006-Top-Toy to expand in Finland - report(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Stockholm (IFN) Iceland's Kaupthing Banks wants to dissolve it's crossownership in Exista and plans to move its headquarters abroad, looking at both Stockholm and the U.K. , Dagens Nyheter reports Monday.


 

Nordic Business Report-March 20, 2006-Bluewater Insurance ASA granted licence to offer insurance to ships under US flag(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 20, 2006-Borgestad ASA divests Borgestad Shipping AS(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 20, 2006-Eye-share ASA secures new contracts for NOK2m(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 20, 2006-Visma AB receives software order from Dina Forsakringar(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 20, 2006-Vizrt Ltd to establish office in Moscow(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

STOCKHOLM (Dow Jones)--Iceland's Kaupthing Banks Hf. (KAUP.IC) wants to dissolve it's crossownership in Exista and plans to move its headquarters abroad, looking at both Stockholm and the U.K. , Dagens Nyheter reports Monday.


 

Nordic Business Report-March 20, 2006-Ericsson signs long-term agreement with New Zealand Police(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 20, 2006-Kaupthing Bank hf to dissolve ownership with Exista(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 20, 2006-Landsbanki Islands hf comments on media reports on Iceland's banking system(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 20, 2006-Telenor ASA proposes that VimpelCom acquire Kyivstar(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 20, 2006-Telenor ASA reduces tax for 2005(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 20, 2006-Wavecom SA to acquire Sony Ericsson's M2M Communications Business Unit(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

US SUMMARY: Less Rate High Worry Supports Shares


 

Nordic Business Report-March 20, 2006-Aker Yards ASA receives NOK562m Ramform vessel order from Petroleum Geo-Services ASA(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 20, 2006-Brinova Fastigheter AB acquires commercial properties from Lindab(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 20, 2006-Rottneros AB to raise pulp price to USD660 - report(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 20, 2006-Volvo Car Corporation starts car production in China(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 20, 2006-Neptune Marine Oil & Gas Ltd receives 3-well contract for Neptune Discoverer(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 20, 2006-Network Electronics ASA wins record order from European broadcaster(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 20, 2006-Ship Finance International Ltd acquires five container vessels under construction(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 20, 2006-Viatech Systems AB receives slop oil separation system order from Dewatech AB(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 20, 2006-Blom ASA concludes 5-year Pictometry data contract(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 20, 2006-Eniro completes divestment of operations in Belarus(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 20, 2006-Navamedic ASA receives NOK7m chitin order in Taiwan(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 20, 2006-NetOnNet AB to launch operations in Norway(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 20, 2006-Siem Offshore Inc sells PSV shipbuilding contract to SBS Marine Ltd(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 20, 2006-Sodra raises softwood pulp price to USD650(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 20, 2006-SuperOffice ASA receives CRM order from Powel ASA(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 20, 2006-Troll A output reduced due to repairs(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Miklar væntingar eru hjá stjórnendum Fujitsu Siemens Computers um söluaukningu á næstu misserum, að því er fram kom í máli Bernd Bischoff forstjóra á CeBIT tæknimessunni í Hannover.


 

Reykjavik (IFN) - Icelandic investment company Fons has agreed to acquire Danish-based travel operator Hekla Resjer, sources close to the situation told IFN.


 

Reykjavik (IFN) Iceland's Kaupthing bank is planning to dissolve the ownership between investment fund Exista and Kaupthing by disposing of a proportion of the shares owned by Kaupthing in Exista through dividend payments, Kaupthing said on Friday


 

Reykjavik (IFN) Icelandic pharmaceutical company Actavis Group would consider upping its $1.6 billion bid for Croatia's Pliva DD, depending on the outcome of talks with management and due diligence, Chief Executive Robert Wessman said.


 

Reykjavik (IFN) Iceland's central bank chairman and former prime minister David Oddsson said on Friday (17 March) that all talk of a banking crisis in Iceland was "preposterous".


 

Nordic Business Report-March 17, 2006-Pliva says bid from Iceland's Actavis does not reflect its value and prospects(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 17, 2006-Talk of Icelandic bank crisis "preposterous" - central bank chief(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Reykjavik (IFN) Icelandic genereric drug maker Actavis' preliminary offer Croatian rival Pliva sharply boosted shares in the target to trade up 9.9% higher at 18.15 pounds midday on the London Stock Exchange.


 

Nordic Business Report-March 17, 2006-Birka Line Abp delivers sold cruise ship to Louis Public Company(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 17, 2006-HomeMaid Hemservice AB reports operating profit of SEK0.8m in 2005(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 17, 2006-Kylpylakasino Oy reports operating profit of EUR0.3m for 2005(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 17, 2006-Iceland's Actavis confirms USD1.6bn move on Pliva(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 17, 2006-AffectoGenimap Plc issues profit warning for Q1 2006(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 17, 2006-AffectoGenimap Plc subsidiaries to merge(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 17, 2006-Brostrom AB to expand its fleet(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Reykajvik (IFN) Icelandic generic drug maker Actavis Group confirmed in a statement on Friday that it has made a preliminary bid of 570 Croatian kuna ($94.31) per share for Croatian rival Pliva.


 

LONDON (Dow Jones)--Actavis Group hf (ACT.IC), the fast-growing generic drug company based in Iceland, has submitted a preliminary proposal to the Croatian drug company Pliva D.D. (PLVA.ZG) to acquire Pliva for HRK570 a share, according to a spokesman for Actavis.


 

Reykjavik (IFN) Icelandic generic drugs maker Actavis is in talks to acquire Croatian rival Pliva, according to Croatian media reports.


 

0736 GMT [Dow Jones] European stocks to open slightly lower, as investors prepare for triple-witching expiry at 1010 GMT.


 

(This updates an item published at 0602 GMT)US SUMMARY: Stocks Mostly Higher On Friendly Data


 

Óhætt er að segja að brottför Árna Magnússonar úr stóli félagsmálaráðherra hafi komið margvíslegum kenningum á kreik og hér í bæjarróminum gerum við okkar besta til þess að koma þeim út! Margir eiga erfitt með að trúa skýringum Árna og halda því fram að hann hafi annað hvort gefist upp á Halldóri Ásgrímssyni eða þá að Halldór hafi stjakað við Árna eftir að hann var kominn í hóp þeirra í þingflokknum sem töluðu um að Halldór yrði að víkja. Menn nánir þingflokknum segja einnig að ástæða þess að Halldór notaði ekki tækifærið og stokkaði upp og endurnýjaði ráðherralið sitt sé að hann geti ekki lengur treyst neinum nema Jóni Kristjánssyni og telji að flestir aðrir sitji á svikráðum við sig sem formann. Önnur kenning og áhugaverðari tengist Íbúðalánasjóði. Á blaðamannafundi á mánudaginn upplýsti Halldór að hann ætlaði að breyta honum í heildsölubanka. Því er einnig haldið fram að Árna Magnússyni sé þar ætlaður forstjórastóll þegar Guðmundur Bjarnason hættir og það muni gerast fyrr en síðar. Þá verði Árni kominn með reynslu í fjármálaheiminum og eðlilegur valkostur til þess að taka við.


 

Reykajvik (IFN) The United States, which have long provided Iceland with its only military forces, has decided to withdraw most of its troops and all of its fighter jets and helicopters from the country later this year, the U.S. ambassador said Thursday.


 

Reykajvik (IFN) The Icelandic crown firmed by 1% after ratings agency Standard & Poor's affirmed its 'AA-' long-term foreign currency and 'AA+' long-term local currency sovereign credit ratings on the Republic of Iceland, local analysts said.


 

WASHINGTON (Dow Jones)--A month before Chinese President Hu Jintao visits Washington, the White House challenged China to press ahead with a number of reforms, and again encouraged the country to allow its currency to trade more freely.


 

(IFN) Kaupthing's FIH Erhvervsbank hires 35 analysts


 

Reykjavik (IFN) ? Icelandic media and information group Dagsbrun plans to launch a free daily newspaper in Denmark, the company said in a statement on Thursday.


 

Reykjavik (IFN) ? Rating agency Standard & Poor's Ratings Services has maintained its long-term and short-term ratings for Iceland, and said that the outlook for the ratings is stable.


 

London (IFN) ? The Icelandic sleep disorder diagnostics and treatment products and services provider Flaga Group reported on Thursday an operating loss of USD1.24m on sales of USD34.7m for the financial year 2005.


 

FRANKFURT March 16, 2006--Standard & Poor's Ratings Services said today it affirmed its 'AA-' long-term foreign currency and 'AA+' long-term local currency sovereign credit ratings on the Republic of Iceland. At the same time, the 'A-1+' short-term foreign and local currency ratings on Iceland were affirmed. The outlook is stable.


 

Nordic Business Report-March 16, 2006-Ecovision AB receives contract from Dagens Industri Group(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 16, 2006-Oden Control AB reports operating loss of SEK1.76m(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 16, 2006-A/S Schouw & Co reports pre-tax profit of DKK530m for 2005(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 16, 2006-Kemira GrowHow Oyj issues profit warning for Q1 2006(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 16, 2006-OMX AB and Deutsche Borse Systems to cooperate in defining exchange FIX standard(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 16, 2006-SimCorp A/S signs contract with PGGM(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 16, 2006-TeliaSonera AB improves its full-year result with reduction of amortisation(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

AMERICAN MARKETS OUTLOOK: U.S. stock markets are expected to open flat to higher Wednesday ahead of a string of economic data due later in the day.


 

Nordic Business Report-March 16, 2006-42Networks AB wins order from Vodatel in Croatia(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 16, 2006-ABB wins USD16m order for power cables from Siemens Wind Power in Denmark(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 16, 2006-Atlas Copco receives SEK70m drill rig order in Brazil(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 16, 2006-Dantherm Holding A/S reports pre-tax result of DKK73m(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 16, 2006-DSV posts pre-tax result of DKK984m(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 16, 2006-Formo Services AB reports operating result of SEK4.66m(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 16, 2006-Polarn O. Pyret establishes shop-in-shops in House of Fraser department stores(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 16, 2006-Scana Volda ASA wins NOK32m order from Norgas Carrier Ltd(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 16, 2006-Sky Communication in Sweden AB acquires Carlstad Hosting AB(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 16, 2006-VSM Group AB to cut 60-80 jobs in Huskvarna(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 16, 2006-Birdstep Technology ASA and T-Mobile International extend their agreement(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 16, 2006-Metso Panelboard to supply equipment for new particleboard line in South Africa(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 16, 2006-Nokia extends frame agreement with Astelit in Ukraine(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 16, 2006-Block Watne Gruppen ASA completes share issue(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 16, 2006-Cargotec Corporation to acquire East Coast Cranes and Electrical Contracting Inc(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 16, 2006-Kaupthing Bank hf releases statement regarding market volatility(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 16, 2006-Lemminkainen Corporation comments on media reports regarding Olkiluoto nuclear power plant(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 16, 2006-Proha Plc reports operating loss of EUR3.6m for 2005(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 16, 2006-SAS Group completes sale of 67% stake in SAS Component(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 16, 2006-TeliaSonera AB joins FreeMove(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

US SUMMARY: Shares Rise On Bullish Factory Data


 

Nordic Business Report-March 16, 2006-Bjorge ASA receives monitoring station orders for NOK50m from Statoil ASA(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 16, 2006-Deep Sea Supply ASA takes over 22 newbuilding contracts from Hemen Holding Ltd(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 16, 2006-G&L Beijer AB wins EUR1.2m order in Cuba(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 16, 2006-Gyldendalske Boghandel, Nordisk Forlag A/S reports pre-tax result of DKK84m(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 16, 2006-Harboes Bryggeri A/S reports pre-tax result of DKK79.02m(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 16, 2006-Hedegaard A/S reports pre-tax result of DKK65.4m(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 16, 2006-Modern Times Group MTG AB increases holding in Nordic Betting Limited to 90%(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 16, 2006-Tandberg Television ASA receives USD3.7m order(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 16, 2006-WM-data AB acquires ASA-Mentor A/S(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 15, 2006-FL Group proposes 10% buyback of total shares(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Reykjavik (IFN) ? Icelandic investment company FL Group will recommend the buyback of up to 10% of its own shares to the annual general meeting on March 21, the company said in a statement on Wednesday


 

Nordic Business Report-March 15, 2006-Baugur CEO acquitted of remaining charges(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Reykjavik (IFN) ? Jon Asgeir Johannesson, chief executive of Icelandic retail investor Baugur Group, was acquitted Wednesday of the eight remaining charges against him in a local district court.


 

Nordic Business Report-March 15, 2006-Wartsila Corporation order intake up in January-February(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 15, 2006-Norwegian Air Shuttle to launch routes to Tallinn and Vilnius(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 15, 2006-Telenor ASA introduces flat rates for ISDN and analogue telephony(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Reykjavik (IFN) ? Shares in Icelandic financial services companies climbed for a second consecutive day after a Morgan Stanley research report said the market has overreacted to the risks the banks face.


 

AMERICAN MARKETS OUTLOOK: U.S. stock markets are expected to open flat to higher Wednesday ahead of a string of economic data due later in the day.


 

Nordic Business Report-March 15, 2006-Vodafone K.K. launches new service with Nokia's Intellisync Sync Server(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

STRASBOURG, France (AP)--European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso lashed out Wednesday at countries pursuing protectionist policies, saying the European Union executive would act rigorously against companies abusing their dominant position on national markets.


 

THE NEXT MOB WAR on "The Sopranos" may happen off camera.


 

Nordic Business Report-March 15, 2006-Emirates airline postpones launch of flight to Denmark - report(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 15, 2006-Semcon AB's Zpider business area launches speciality company(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

US SUMMARY: Stocks Rally As Bond Yields Plunge


 

LONDON (Dow Jones)--Icelandic financial group Kaupthing Bunadarbanki's (KAUP.IC) five-year credit default swaps tightened Tuesday as the bank successfully secured a new dual-tranche loan facility, increasing its original target amount from EUR250 million to EUR500 million, a credit analyst at a European bank said.


 

LONDON (Dow Jones)--If Nasdaq's able to pull off a deal to buy the London Stock Exchange, one potential big beneficiary would be the small cap heavy Alternative Investment Market (AIM). It could be transformed into a global junior stock market in the true sense of the term.


 

Bakhjarlssamningur Skáksambands Íslands og Glitnis til tveggja ára var undirritaður í höfuðstöðvum Glitnis við Kirkjusand í dag. Undir samninginn rituðu þau Einar Sveinsson, stjórnarformaður Glitnis, og Guðfríður Lilja Grétarsdóttir, forseti Skáksambands Íslands.


 

BRUSSELS (Dow Jones)--Italian Economy Minister Giulio Tremonti Tuesday said Europe's economy is at risk if national interests trump sound business decisions.


 

[Dow Jones] Reduce exposure to economies with unsound balances and unsound economic policy, such as Iceland and Hungary, says Lars Christensen at Danske Bank. Says there's a lack of understanding among market players of the seriousness of the problems in high-yield markets with large imbalances.


 

Reykjavik (IFN) ? Statistics Iceland, the Icelandic state statistics agency, said on Tuesday (14 March) that Iceland's gross domestic product (GDP) amounted to ISK996bn in 2005.


 

London (IFN) ? Icelandic bank Kaupthing Bank said on Tuesday (14 March) that it had concluded the invitation process for a three-year and five-year syndicated Dual Tranche Term Loan Facility.


 

[Dow Jones] Iceland financial services shares bounce back into positive territory, getting support from a Morgan Stanley report saying the market has overreacted to the risks the banks face, Landsbanki analyst Sandra Fairbairn says.


 

Nordic Business Report-March 14, 2006-HiQ International AB secures framework contract from Vodafone in Sweden(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 14, 2006-Opera Software ASA signs two-year mobile web agreement with debitel AG(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 14, 2006-Ericsson to deliver its Telephony Softswitch solution in Malaysia(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 14, 2006-Maritime Communications Partner AS signs contract with Color Line AS(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

[Dow Jones] There are no signs that Iceland's inflation will abate in coming months, says Glitnir. March's annual 4.5% is far from the 2.5% target. Sees central bank hiking rates by 50bp on March 30 and again on May 18.


 

US SUMMARY: Market Jitters Center On Interest Rates


 

LONDON (Dow Jones)--In Norse mythology, Glitnir was the hall of justice from where all who left felt reconciled and at peace.


 

Hugbúnaðarfyrirtækið Annata hlaut fyrir skömmu gullvottun Microsoft, en fyrirtækið hefur að undanförnu vakið athygli hér heima og erlendis fyrir sérsniðnar lausnir fyrir Microsoft Dynamics AX (sem áður hét Microsoft Axapta) viðskiptalausnir, segir í fréttatilkynningu.


 

LONDON (Dow Jones)--Yield spreads on credit derivatives indexes tightened in the second half of Monday's session, recovering from a weak opening in what was a quiet day for European credit markets.


 

Reykjavik (IFN) ? International financial group ABN Amro said in a research note, after speaking with Icelandic banks Kaupthing, Landsbanki and Glitnir, the company was less concerned with their perceived funding challenges than outstanding debt profiles would suggest.


 

LONDON (Dow Jones)--European emerging markets currencies declined further Monday, suggesting it's still too early to buy on the dip provided by last week's selloff.


 

[Dow Jones] Iceland's largest bank Kaupthing (KAUP.IC) takes the lead in share price losses of the country's financial services companies, down 7.3% at ISK830.


 

M2 EquityBites-March 13, 2006-ConocoPhillips to shut down production in Greater Ekofisk Area, Norway(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 13, 2006-Ericsson signs managed services agreement in Italy(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 13, 2006-Nokia and T-Com to pilot integrated dual-mode telephony in Germany(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

STOCKHOLM (Dow Jones)--Iceland's Islandsbanki Hf. (ISB.IC) Monday said it has changed its brand name to Glitnir to better reflect its operations in the international financial services market.


 

[Dow Jones] Shares in Icelandic financial services companies continue to fall sharply reflecting a falling Icelandic krona on the back of a widening in the country's current account deficit and a research note by Merrill Lynch warning the banks may face higher borrowing costs. Islandsbanki (ISB.IC) -3.1% at ISK18.60, Kaupthing (KAUP.IC) -3.7% at ISK857, Landsbanki (LAIS.IC) -3.7% at ISK25.80, FL Group (FL.IC) -3.9% at ISK24.50, Straumur-Burdaras (STRB.IC) -3.4% at ISK17.10. (LON)


 

Nordic Business Report-March 13, 2006-Finnish Aviation Authority grounds Soder Aviation's Antonov An-72 aircraft - report(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

US SUMMARY: Friday Gain Sets Up Hope For Busy Week


 

Nordic Business Report-March 13, 2006-Ericsson to supply WCDMA/HSDPA network in Japan(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 13, 2006-FlyMe Europe AB opens new route between Gothenburg and Barcelona(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

NEW YORK (Dow Jones)--Merrill Lynch & Co. (MER) Chairman and Chief Executive E. Stanley O'Neal received a 16% boost in 2005 compensation to $37 million, the company said Friday in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.


 

STOCKHOLM (Dow Jones)--Icelandic investment group FL Group Hf. (FL.IC) Friday said 2005 net profit more than quadrupled, buoyed by surging income from investments and derivatives and higher earnings from aviation services.


 

Skeljungur hf. hefur undirritað samninga við Skýrr hf. um útvistun á prentun, áritun og dreifingu á öllum greiðsluseðlum sem Skeljungur sendir út til viðskiptavina í atvinnulífinu. Umfangs samningsins er töluvert þar sem viðskiptavinir fyrirtækisins eru um 9.000 talsins segir í frétt Skýrr.


 

Nordic Business Report-March 10, 2006-SAS codeshares on Bangkok-Singapore route with Swiss airline(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

AMERICAN MARKETS OUTLOOK: U.S. stock markets are expected to open higher Thursday as investors interpret the Bank of Japan's policy change late Wednesday as positive for equities.


 

Nordic Business Report-March 10, 2006-TeliaSonera acquires 33.4% stake in Comhouse(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

DJIA 10972.78 loss 33.46 dn 0.3%NASDAQ 2249.72 loss 17.74 dn 0.8%S&P 500 1272.23 loss 6.24 dn 0.5%Dow Future 10970.00 gain 1.00 0.0%NASDAQ Future 1643.50 gain 0.50 0.0%S&P Future 1272.50 gain 0.50 0.0%10-Yr US Treasury: 4.73% down 0.03(Futures values as of 0550 GMT)Wall Street surrendered early gains and closed lower Thursday as a higher U.S. trade deficit and questions about the labor market added to worry over a reversal of the Bank of Japan's long-standing loose policy. Treasurys gained in price, on the notion that global monetary tightening will slow economic growth and limit hikes in interest rates.


 

NEW YORK (AP)--As emerging stock markets surged during the past year, 102 wealthy people around the world won a much-coveted title along with their stellar gains - they all became billionaires.


 

NEW YORK (AP)--Forbes magazine released on Thursday its annual ranking of the world's richest people. The top 100 billionaires are as follows:


 

Internet stocks rose Thursday morning, with shares of Google Inc. (GOOG) gaining nearly 1% after the search giant said it is settling a class-action lawsuit focused on how it charges its advertisers.


 

LONDON (Dow Jones)--Deutsche Bank's restatement of its 2005 profit by EUR250 million comes just five weeks after it announced annual earnings. But the extent of Deutsche's involvement in the ongoing U.S. tax shelter controversy has been coming into focus for some time.


 

LONDON (Dow Jones)--Slowly but surely Japan's about to start reversing a quantitative easing policy that has served it so well for the past five years.


 

PARIS (Dow Jones)--There's no doubting the sense of refound dynamism at Carrefour (12017.FR), but Europe's leading food retailer may find 2006 turns out to be more of a transitional year than it would like.


 

OSLO (Dow Jones)--Iceland's government is considering offering its first oil exploration and development licensing round next year, an official at the country's energy agency told Dow Jones Newswires Thursday.


 

OSLO (Dow Jones)--Iceland's government is considering offering its first oil exploration and development licensing round next year, an official at the country's energy agency told Dow Jones Newswires Thursday.


 

AMERICAN MARKETS OUTLOOK: U.S. stock markets are expected to open higher Thursday as investors interpret the Bank of Japan's policy change late Wednesday as positive for equities.


 

Nordic Business Report-March 9, 2006-Ericsson delivers HSDPA solution in Germany(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

BMW (BMW.XE) +1.9% at EUR39.90, ahead of 4Q and FY05 figures due later Thursday, say traders. "Obviously many are anticipating good numbers," says one pointing to the shift out of Volkswagen (VOW.XE) shares and into BMW. But notes this trend already began a few days ago as "there's uncertainty surrounding the future of Volkswagen's Pitschetsrieder." Says BMW's outlook will be even more critical than dividend news because "there are still concerns as to whether the company can keep up its current growth." Next BMW resistance pegged at EUR39.99. (SUG/HAD)


 

STOCKHOLM (Dow Jones)--Icelandic orthopaedic products company Ossur hf. (OSSR.IC) Thursday said it will restructure part of its North America operations.


 

Shares in Iceland's three largest banks - Kaupthing (KAUP.IC), Landsbanki (LAIS.IC) and Islandsbanki (ISB.IC) - continue to fall after a widening in the country's current account deficit Tuesday and a research note by Merrill Lynch warning that the banks may face higher borrowing costs. Kaupthing -1.6% at ISK886, Landsbanki -1.1% at ISK27.40, Islandsbanki -1% at ISK19.10. (LON)


 

The dollar slipped a bit versus the euro and yen, but stayed in fairly small ranges as markets traded cautiously ahead of an expected strong reading on the U.S. employment market tomorrow.


 

US SUMMARY: Rate Worries Confine Markets


 

Bæjarrómurinn var staddur á Neskaupstað fyrir stuttu og var þá bent á stórt hús sem Hjörleifur Guttormsson, fyrrverandi iðnaðarráðherra og þingmaður Austfirðinga, er nýbúinn að selja en hann er fluttur frá Neskaupsstað. Sagan segir að Hjörleifur hafi fengið helmingi hærra verð fyrir húsið núna en hann hefði getað látið sig dreyma um að fá fyrir fáum misserum enda hefur fasteignaverð á Austurlandi hækkað mikið í kjölfar þess að álversframkvæmdir þar eru komnar á skrið. Þetta þykir mörgum Austfirðingum skondin niðurstaða enda Hjörleifur kunnur af baráttu sinni gegn álversframkvæmdunum. En auðvitað ræður enginn markaðsverðinu og ekkert við því að segja þó menn taki því verði sem býðst. Einhverjir Austfirðingar tala þó um "hækkun í hafi"!


 

NEW YORK (Dow Jones)--Just 12 years after financial meltdown, Mexico's capital markets and currency are in better shape than ever. Increasingly, foreign companies and governments are issuing bonds in Mexican pesos as a cheaper way to borrow money than in their home markets.


 

Icelandic financial stocks plummeted across the board Wednesday, reacting to a widening current account deficit and a research note by Merrill Lynch warning that Iceland's banks will find it difficult to roll over their substantial foreign debts without facing higher borrowing costs.


 

Airline Industry Information-March 8, 2006-Swedish police arrest suspect in aircraft robbery(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 8, 2006-Sterling cancels Finnish flights - report(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 8, 2006-SAS reaches agreement with Worldspan(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

(Dow Jones) ISK's slipped by 3% against USD Wednesday. USD/ISK is now around 69.20 from 67 earlier in the session. The ISK selloff two weeks ago helped trigger an emerging markets and high-yield forex dump, but this is more likely to be a catch-up with the broader emerging markets weakness of recent days, ABN Amro analyst says. (KJM)


 

AMERICAN MARKETS OUTLOOK: U.S. stocks are expected to open slightly lower as the Texas Instruments trade update after the bell Monday came below Wall Street's expectations and is putting pressure on the futures markets.


 

VIENNA (Dow Jones)--Saudi Arabia's Oil Minister Ali Naimi said Wednesday that the kingdom had boosted its security measures in the aftermath of the foiled attack by al-Qaida against its oil facilities.


 

Nordic Business Report-March 8, 2006-Nokia announces new Bluetooth enhancement(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

LONDON (Dow Jones)--Vodafone's willingness to exit Japan sends a comforting signal that may buy management enough time with disgruntled investors to prepare a convincing growth case.


 

STOCKHOLM (Dow Jones)--Late into dinner with investment bankers at the upscale Stockholm restaurant Divino in mid-November 2004, Swedish hedge fund investor Christer Gardell got the call he was waiting for: Carl Icahn was agreeing to invest in Sweden's oldest listed company, with plans to fix or sell the scandal-studded giant.


 

STOCKHOLM (Dow Jones)--Icelandic investment company FL Group HF (AIK.OS) late Tuesday said it has purchased a total 10.26% stake in the Norwegian company Aktiv Kapital ASA (AIK.OS).


 

M2 EquityBites-March 8, 2006-Converium divests its stake in Nordic Aviation Insurance A/S in Denmark(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 8, 2006-Nokia introduces Nokia Lifeblog 2.0(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 8, 2006-Nokia sees consumer demand for mobile TV services(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 8, 2006-T-Mobile selects Opera Mini browser for upcoming handsets(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 8, 2006-TSBc chooses Net Insight AB's equipment for metro network in Sofia(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

US SUMMARY: Interest Rate Worry Plagues Stocks Again


 

Nordic Business Report-March 8, 2006-Finnair reports passenger numbers up by 2.3% in February 2006(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 8, 2006-Foxconn terminates production in Finland, cuts 400 jobs - report(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 8, 2006-Nokia to deliver network expansion in Thailand(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

STOCKHOLM (Dow Jones)--Icelandic pharmaceutical group Actavis Group HF (ACT.IC) late Wednesday said net profit rose to EUR35.4 million in the fourth quarter compared with EUR18.2 million in the same period the previous year.


 

SUNRISE SENIOR LIVING INC (SRZ)Expects first-quarter per-share earnings between 28cents and 34 cents, above analysts' average estimate,and full-year 2006 earnings of $1.16 and $1.20.Price: $36.25Net Change: $3.24% Change: 9.82% GainVolume: 429,900 Shares... ... ...PENN NATIONAL GAMING INC (PENN)J.P. Morgan raised its rating on the stock to overweightfrom neutral, citing potential "sizable returns" overthe next 18 months.Price: $37.89Net Change: $3.59% Change: 10.47% GainVolume: 1.6M Shares... ... ...CALUMET SPECIALTY PRODUCTS PARTNERS LP (CLMT)Deutsche Bank and Goldman Sachs started their ratings onthe stock at buy and outperform, respectively.Price: $25.42Net Change: $1.18% Change: 4.87% GainVolume: 29,920 Shares... ... ...TURBOCHEF TECH INC (OVEN)Reported a wider-than-expected fourth-quarter loss, at$7.1 million, or 25 cents a share, down from a year-agoprofit of $7.5 million, or 27 cents a share.Price: $10.89Net Change: -$1.12% Change: 9.33% LossVolume: 769,262 Shares... ... ...COGENT COMMUNICATIONS GROUP INC (CCOI)Posted a narrower fourth-quarter per-share loss, at$20.3 million, or 47 cents, and said it expectsa loss of between 40 cents to 50 cents a share in thefirst quarter - wider than analysts' average estimate of30 cents a share loss for the first quarter.Price: $7.22Net Change: -$0.66% Change: 8.38% LossVolume: 105,506 Shares... ... ...LIFECELL CORP (LIFC)Fourth-quarter net income fell, as the year-ago periodwas helped by a $2.9 million non-cash income taxbenefit.Price: $22.18Net Change: -$1.75% Change: 7.32% LossVolume: 1.2M Shares... ... ...DECODE GENETICS INC (DCGN)Fourth-quarter loss widened on increased research anddevelopment costs, to $21.1 million, or 39 cents ashare. Analysts' on average expected a loss of 30 centsa share.Price: $8.77Net Change: -$0.66% Change: 7.00% LossVolume: 275,887 Shares- -Below are previously published hot stockswith updated price and volume data- -SHURGARD STORAGE CENTERS INC (SHU)Public Storage Inc. (PSA) confirmed plans to acquire thestorage company for $5 billion in stock.Price: $63.62Net Change: $0.02% Change: .03% GainVolume: 349,000 Shares... ... ...TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INC (TXN)Narrowed the range of its sales forecast for the firstquarter, but said demand for its chips was "strong."Price: $31.16Net Change: -$1.17% Change: 3.62% LossVolume: 8.0M Shares... ... ...ALBERTSON'S INC (ABS)Fourth-quarter profit was down from analysts' averageestimate, at $162 million, or 43 cents a share. Salesslipped 7.5%, to $10.23 billion.Price: $25.51Net Change: $0.07% Change: .28% GainVolume: 772,800 Shares... ... ...KRISPY KREME DOUGHNUTS INC (KKD)Named a new chief executive, Daryl Brewster, whopromised to continue the turnaround of the company.Price: $7.39Net Change: $1.00% Change: 15.65% GainVolume: 1.3M Shares... ... ...SPORTS AUTHORITY INC (TSA)Reported better-than-expected fourth-quarter earningsbecause of strong sales of active and outdoor apparel,fitness and team sports products.Price: $36.90Net Change: $0.37% Change: 1.01% GainVolume: 106,100 Shares... ... ...PER-SE TECHNOLOGIES INC NEW (PSTI)Reported disappointing revenue and earnings for thefourth quarter, missing analysts' average estimate.Price: $23.28Net Change: -$1.69% Change: 6.77% LossVolume: 835,555 Shares... ... ...OPTELECOM-NKF INC (OPTC)Fourth-quarter net income rose sharply on increasedrevenue.Price: $22.72Net Change: $2.87% Change: 14.46% GainVolume: 208,247 Shares


 

JP Morgan says HSBC's (HBC) pretax profit beat its and consensus estimates by 2%. Raises forecasts and target price 4%-5% to give EPS of $1.47 in 06, $1.63 in 07 and $1.89 in 08, and a new target of 1,100p.


 

JP Morgan says HSBC's (HBC) pretax profit beat its and consensus estimates by 2%. Raises forecasts and target price 4%-5% to give EPS of $1.47 in 06, $1.63 in 07 and $1.89 in 08, and a new target of 1,100p.


 

Nordic Business Report-March 7, 2006-Copenhagen Airports A/S reports passengers up in February 2006(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 7, 2006-T-Mobile to launch Nokia-powered HSDPA networks(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

LONDON (Dow Jones)--It's a sign of just how despairing of Vodafone's prospects investors are that even the notion of retrenchment is met so enthusiastically.


 

[Dow Jones] US stocks to open lower, says Finspread Angus Campbell. Calls the Dow down 10 points at 10948, S&P 500 down 2.2 points at 1276, and Nasdaq flat at 2286. Says bears have managed to pick clear tops in US indices up to now, with the S&P remaining at a 1294 selling zone and the Dow struggles to hold onto the 11000 level. Adds Texas Instruments has weighed a little on the US futures this morning as it missed Wall Street's expectations after the close. Says eyes will closely watch unit labour costs, which are due to rise 3.1%. "If labour costs come in higher than last month (3.5%), that could fuel the interest rate fears that were attributed to Monday's declines." (AST)


 

[Dow Jones] SAS (SAS.SK) February traffic figures were better than expected, says Handelsbanken analyst Ann Bowers. "The load factor beat my estimates and the yield, which is where there has been some uncertainty, was somewhat better than before." Shares -0.9% at SEK108.50. (MKR)


 

STOCKHOLM (Dow Jones)--Iceland's Kaupthing Bank hf (KAUP.IC) said Tuesday it has sold an 8.75% stake in Baugur Group hf. (BAUGUR.YY) and is therefore no longer a shareholder in the company.


 

Kaupthing's (KAUP.IC) sale of shares in Baugur (BAUGUR.YY) is logical and sends positive signals to investors, Islandsbanki analyst Jonas G Fridthjofsson says. "It is part of the company's policy to invest in unlisted companies and it is positive that they exit with a strong trading gain," he says. Adds the buyers are investment companies controlled by the CEO of Baugur and his family members. Keeps at buy with a fair value of ISK1,014. Trades -0.1% at ISK930. (MKR)


 

Nordic Business Report-March 7, 2006-Finnair to add Airbus A340 aircraft in June 2006(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 7, 2006-FlyMe reports passenger numbers up by 52% in February 2006(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

AMERICAN MARKETS OUTLOOK: U.S. stock markets are expected to open higher Monday after AT&T's agreement to buy BellSouth for $67 billion boosted futures trading.


 

Kylfingurinn Michelle Wie hefur skrifað undir auglýsingasamning við úraframleiðandann Omega. Hún hefur þegar gert auglýsingasamning við Nike og Sony, sem færir henni um 8 milljónir dollara, eða sem samsvarar 580 milljónum íslenskra króna, á næstu árum.


 

Nordic Business Report-March 7, 2006-Blue1 reports passenger traffic up by 11.4% in February 2006(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 7, 2006-SAS reports passenger numbers up in February 2006(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 7, 2006-Ericsson to provide MINI-LINK to Turk Telecom(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 7, 2006-NextGenTel Holding ASA reports net growth in lines in February 2006(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

US SUMMARY: Stocks, Treasurys Sink On Interest Rate Woe


 

BUDAPEST (Dow Jones)--Hungarian oil and gas company MOL Magyar Olaj- es Gazipari Rt. (MOL.BU) Monday set up a consortium to conduct a feasibility study into plans for the country's first geothermal plant in southern Hungary, MOL executives said.


 

STOCKHOLM (Dow Jones)--Icelandic investment company FL Group HF (FL.IC) Monday proposed that the annual general meeting grant authorization to the board to increase the share capital by up to 5% over the next five years.


 

AMERICAN MARKETS OUTLOOK: U.S. stock markets are expected to open higher Monday after AT&T's agreement to buy BellSouth for $67 billion boosted futures trading.


 

Nordic Business Report-March 6, 2006-Ericsson signs agreement with Etisalat(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 6, 2006-Air Finland signs codeshare agreement with Sterling - report(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Microsoft vinnur nú að verkefni sem kallast Origami og felst í því að þróa tölvu á stærð við pappírskilju, sem notast við Windows XP stýrikerfið. Tölvan fellur í flokkinn "últra fartölvur" og vill fyrirtækið ná til tækniþyrstra neytenda.


 

Eins og kom fram í Viðskiptablaðinu þá áætla Baugsmenn kostnað sinn vegna málaferlanna sem nú standa yfir um 1.200 milljónir króna og að hann geti farið upp í tvo milljarða áður en yfir lýkur. Þetta eru lágar tölur í samanburði við þau viðskipti sem Baugur hefur staðið í undanfarin ár. Samkvæmt heimildum bæjarrómsins hafa sakborningar einnig nokkrar hugmyndir um áætlað tap vegna þeirra viðskipta sem misfórust vegna málaferlanna og mun tölunni 200 milljörðum króna hafa verið kastað fram í því sambandi. Þar vega þyngst viðskiptin vegna Arcadia og Sommerfield þar kom til samningsrofs út af ákærunum og rannsóknum þeim tengdum. Uppgjör félaganna bendir til þess að þessar tölur séu ekki fjarri lagi en eins og kunnugt er lét Philip Green, sem tók við Arcadia-viðskiptunum þegar Baugur varð frá að hverfa, Arcadia greiða sér 130 milljarða út í arð í október síðastliðnum.


 

Nordic Business Report-March 3, 2006-STUK to study effects of handset radiation on humans - report(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Sem kunnugt er þá var gengið frá kaupum Bílanausts á Olíufélaginu fyrir stuttu. Samkvæmt þeim upplýsingum sem þá lágu fyrir voru fleiri aðilar að skoða kaup en ekki er vitað til þess að fleiri tilboð hafi komið enda þótti mörgum verðhugmyndir seljanda háar en félagið mun samkvæmt bæjarróminum hafa verið selt á 12 til 14 sinnum EBITDU. Einn þeirra sem skoðaði kaup en ákvað að hverfa frá er Magnús Kristinsson útgerðarmaður sem hefur því sem næst keypt eitt fyrirtæki á viku frá áramótum. Þar sem Magnús átti fyrir bílaumboð, bílaleigu og vélsleðasölu fannst mönnum sjálfsagt viðeigandi að eiga olíufélag. Af því varð þó ekki að þessu sinni en fleiri olíufélög munu vera til sölu.


 

STOCKHOLM (Dow Jones)--Icelandic bank Islandsbanki HF (ISB.IC) Friday said it has signed an agreement to acquire 50.1% of the shares in Norway's Union Group.


 

US SUMMARY: Economic Data Sinks Shares; Treasurys Fall


 

Nordic Business Report-March 2, 2006-Volvo IT extends cooperation agreement with Nobel Biocare(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 2, 2006-Nokia and Telenor R&D trial Fixed-Mobile Convergence technologies(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Airline Industry Information-March 2, 2006-Danish pilots consider taking SAS to court(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

US SUMMARY: Better Data Sends Stocks Higher


 

Nordic Business Report-March 2, 2006-Nokia signs frame agreement with Aina Group(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 2, 2006-Nokia to form new design organisation(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-March 2, 2006-Pointsec Mobile Technologies AB wins order from Swedish defence materiel administration(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

COPENHAGEN (Dow Jones)--Icelandic investment company FL Group (FL.IC) Wednesday upped its stake in Royal Unibrew A/S (RBREW.KO), Denmark's second-largest brewer, for the second time in two weeks.


 

FRANKFURT March 1, 2006--Standard & Poor's Ratings Services said today it placed its 'AA+' long-term local currency rating on Ibudalanasjodur, the Icelandic Housing Financing Fund (HFF), on CreditWatch with negative implications, following the Fund's sustained loss in market share in housing finance. At the same time, the 'AA-' long-term foreign currency, and 'A-1+' short-term foreign and local currency ratings on HFF were affirmed. The outlook on the foreign currency rating is stable.


 

Nordic Business Report-March 1, 2006-Svenska McDonald's chooses 3 as supplier of telephony and IT services(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

NEW YORK (Dow Jones)--Alcoa Inc. (AA), the world's largest aluminum company, is considering building a second aluminum smelter in Iceland at a cost of at least $1 billion and could announce a preliminary agreement today with officials from Iceland.


 

Nordic Business Report-March 1, 2006-Tele5 Voice Services AB signs letter of intent to acquire Utmarkt IT Sverige AB(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

TOP STORIESTREMONTI COMPLAINS TO EU'S MCCREEVY OVER GDF-SUEZItalian Economy Minister Giulio Tremonti continues his campaign against the planned Suez and Gaz de France merger, complaining to European Internal Markets Commissioner Charlie McCreevy that the deal breaks E.U. rules.


 

Breski poppsöngvarinn Robbie Williams hefur keypt hlut í knattspyrnufélaginu Port Vale, sem leikur í 2. deild í ensku knattspyrnunni en félagið kemur frá bænum Stoke On Trent. Fjárfesting Williams er ekki mikil en hann mun þó hafa keypt fyrir 30 milljónir króna. Williams er fæddur og uppalinn á heimaslóðum Port Vale í Burslem í Stoke og hefur verið dyggur stuðningsmaður félagsins frá barnæsku. Sem kunnugt er þá eiga íslenskir fjárfestar í Stoke liðinu í sama bæ en mikill rígur er á milli liðana.


 

Florentino Perez, forseti spænska knattspyrnufélagsins Real Madrid, sagði af sér um síðustu helgi og var Fernando Martin Álvarez varaforseti kjörinn í hans stað til bráðabirgða. Perez kom til valda með miklum látum og dýrðlegum loforðum. Hann keypti stjörnurnar Luis Figo, Zinedine Zidane, Ronaldo, David Beckham og Walter Samuel og segja má að allt hafi leikið lyndi framan af í stjórnartíð hans, þegar Real Madríd fagnaði tvívegis meistaratitli heima við og Evrópumeistaratitli þar að auki. Félagið hefur ekki hampað bikar síðan 2003 og þjálfarar liðsins hafa ekki ílengst.


 

Microsoft hefur nú opinberlega tilkynnt að nýja stýrikerfið Vista komi á markað í sex mismunandi útgáfum, ekki átta, eins og lesa mátti af skjölum sem óvart birtust á vefsíðu fyrirtækisins. Tvær útgáfur verða fyrir fyrirtæki, þrjár fyrir heimili og ein fyrir þróunarríki eða nýja markaði að því er segir í frétt á heimasíðu Tæknivals.


 

US SUMMARY: Shares Plunge On Econ Data, Google Forecast



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