fimmtudagur, 2. desember 2021

desember, 2005


Nordic Business Report-December 30, 2005-Opera browser included in new Motorola A1200(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


Airline Industry Information-December 30, 2005-SAS and Lufthansa expected to renew partnership(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


(From THE WALL STREET JOURNAL EUROPE) Hilton Hotels' proposed $5.71 billion acquisition of international counterpart Hilton Group's lodging unit is expected to create a combined firm able to compete with its main rivals in the growing global hotel market.


STOCKHOLM (Dow Jones)--Video, voice and data networking equipment Net Insight AB (NETI-B.SK) said Friday it has received an order from an international media network operator regarding a network that will transport real-time critical video between three major European broadcast centers.


0744 GMT [Dow Jones] OMXS30 seen opening 0.2% lower than Thursday's close at 966.74, tracking negative development on Wall Street. Heavy weights Ericsson and AstraZeneca both lower in US trade, compared with Stockholm close. Friday's trade seen quiet with thin volumes as many traders are on extended holiday and news agenda is very thin. (JFP)


0703 GMT [Dow Jones] European stocks to open slightly lower on the last trading day of 2005 as mixed economic data in the US Thursday leaves markets subdued, says trader Matt Buckland at CMC Markets.


US SUMMARY: Stocks Lower As New Year Looks Mixed


BEIJING (AP)--A 41-year-old woman from China's southeast has become the country's third confirmed human fatality from the virulent H5N1 strain of bird flu, the government said Thursday.


STOCKHOLM (Dow Jones)--Stock exchange operator OMX Exchanges AB (OMX.SK) said Thursday it will promote its members' trading in Copenhagen, Stockholm and Helsinki by launching the OMX Nordic Exchange Membership in the beginning of January.


LONDON (Dow Jones)--Crude oil futures moved slightly lower Thursday in a corrective pullback as brokers await the latest snapshot of petroleum inventory levels from the U.S. Department of Energy.


LONDON (Dow Jones)--The dollar recovered from earlier losses to trade steady against the euro by midday Thursday in Europe and also reclaimed some of its losses against sterling.


LONDON (Dow Jones)--MG Rover's Longbridge plant in Birmingham was forlorn and miserable looking over the Christmas break.


Nordic Business Report-December 29, 2005-Sentera Plc to renew website of Huoneistokeskus(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


MILAN (Dow Jones)--The Italian government will Thursday name Mario Draghi as new governor of the Bank of Italy, Italian newspapers reported, citing government sources.


ROME (AP)--A leading Italian newspaper said Thursday that Milan prosecutors have placed Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi under investigation for allegedly bribing a lawyer to give false testimony.


Við fyrstu sýn virðist árið 2005 hafa verið rólegt ár hvað tölvuöryggismál áhrærir því mun færri veirur létu á sér kræla en árið áður. Á árinu 2004 voru alvarleg tilvik 33 talsins en aðeins 6 á árinu sem senn kveður.


LONDON (Dow Jones)--For some it's purgatory worthy of Dante; for others a foray onto one of Britain's frenetic High Street's at this time of year is as traditional as warm mince meat pies.


HILTON NEARS $5.5B DEAL FOR OVERSEAS NAMESAKEHilton Hotels Corp. is close to a roughly $5.5 billion deal to acquire Hilton Group, a long-awaited transaction that would unite the U.S. and international Hilton brands for the first time in more than 40 years, according to people familiar with the matter. The deal, which is expected to be announced today, has been in the works for months, and negotiations were disclosed in October.


US SUMMARY: Worries Restrain Share Gains


Bernd Bischoff, forstjóri Fujtisu Siemens Computers spáir því að sala á tölvubúnaði fyrirtækisins verði 10% meiri á fjárlagaárinu 2005/2006 borið saman við árið á undan. Fujitsu Siemens hefur sett sér það mark að ná 12% markaðshlutdeild í Evrópu fyrir árið 2008.


Nordic Business Report-December 29, 2005-Opera Software ASA and Google Inc sign cooperation agreement(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


M2 EquityBites-December 29, 2005-Nokia and CompUSA announce creation of "Nokia Experience @ CompUSA"(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


U.S. STOCKS FALL AS YIELD CURVE INVERTSU.S. stocks fall sharply amid developments in bond market. Early rally in stocks fades, perhaps the result of inversion of yields on two- and 10-year notes. The inversion is often noted as precursor to economic recession, though many argue phenomenon is better predictor of recession in corporate profits. The Dow Jones Industrial Average falls 105.50 points, while Nasdaq Composite sheds 22.53 points.


TEHRAN (Dow Jones)--The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries should consider cutting production by one million barrels a day when it next meets Jan. 31, the Iranian Oil Minister said in remarks published by the local Sharq Newspaper Wednesday.


MOSCOW (Dow Jones)--Russia may sell a 12.67% stake in state-owned oil producer Rosneft (RNT.YY) before the company floats about 20% of its shares in an initial public offering, Russian news agency Interfax said Wednesday, citing an unnamed source.


AMERICAN MARKETS OUTLOOK: U.S. stock markets are expected to open a touch higher Wednesday, with consumer confidence data later in the session likely to give stocks some momentum.


LONDON (Dow Jones)--Bulgaria's central bank is allowing Icelandic tycoon Thor Bjorgolfsson to acquire a 34% stake in Bulgaria's Economic and Investment bank, or EIBank, the country's eighth-largest bank, the Financial Times reported Wednesday.


Nordic Business Report-December 28, 2005-CommTel Network Solutions Australia to supply Nokia broadband DSL solutions in the Pacific(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


Nordic Business Report-December 28, 2005-Doro AB signs DECT patent licensing agreement with Siemens(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


NEW YORK (Dow Jones)--Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. (BMY) shares rose 5.3% in premarket trading Tuesday after the Food and Drug Administration approved its new treatment for rheumatoid arthritis late Friday.


STOCKHOLM (Dow Jones)--Swedish investment bank D. Carnegie & Co AB (CAR.SK) Tuesday said it has issued 682,900 new shares under the 2003/2006 warrant program.


SEVEN & I HOLDINGS TO BUY SOGO, SEIBU STORES FOR $1.7BSeven & I Holdings, which operates supermarkets and 7-Eleven convenience stores, says it will acquire a leading Japanese department-store company in a deal valued at $1.7 billion, creating the country's biggest retail conglomerate by sales. Acquisition represents the company's expansion into the upscale department-store segment.


Evrópusambandið hótar Microsoft dagsektum sem gætu numið allt að tveimur milljónum evra á dag eða 150 milljónum króna. Í frétt á heimasíðu Tæknivals kemur fram að það sé mat framkvæmdastjórnar ESB að Microsoft hlýti ekki úrskurði sem kveðinn var upp í fyrra vegna brota á samkeppnislögum.


Páll Scheving Ingvarsson, framkvæmdastjóri ÍBV-íþróttafélags hefur viðrað þá hugmynd í viðtali við Fjölsýn, sjónvarpsstöð í Vestmannaeyjum, að Vestmannaeyjabær taki þátt í því að reisa knattspyrnuhús með félaginu.


AMERICAN MARKETS OUTLOOK: U.S. stock markets are expected to open mixed Friday, ahead of the holidays.


BEIJING (AP)--A former Cabinet minister was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison in China's highest-level corruption case since a deputy chairman of parliament was executed in 2001.


STOCKHOLM (Dow Jones)--Scandinavian airline SAS AB (SAS.SK) Tuesday said its Swedish unit, Scandinavian Airlines Sweden, is releasing 35,000 low-cost tickets for summer holiday travelers as an alternative to package tours.


CHICAGO (Dow Jones)--Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma will cost insurers and reinsurers worldwide a pretax amount of $57.6 billion, representing the largest cumulative catastrophe losses on record, according to a study released Tuesday.


SYDNEY (Dow Jones)--Kerry Packer, a larger-than-life Australian businessman for the past four decades, died Monday evening after a long bout of ill health that failed to damp his enthusiasm for media and casino deals around the world.


US SUMMARY: Last Week Of Year May Bring Flat Mkts


AMERICAN MARKETS OUTLOOK: U.S. stock markets are expected to open mixed Friday, ahead of the holidays.


Nordic Business Report-December 23, 2005-FIRM extends licence agreement with Statoil ASA(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


Nordic Business Report-December 23, 2005-Sky Communication in Sweden AB signs regional broadband contract in Vasteras(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


LONDON (Dow Jones)--By many accounts, there's simply no compelling reason for gold to trade above $500 a troy ounce.


Bæjarstjórn Sandgerðis hyggst á næstunni fara út í viðræður við Golfklúbb Sandgerðis þar sem rætt verður um fjármögnun á stækkun golfvallarins upp í 18 holur. Bærinn á landið sem viðbótin verður á, en þegar er búið að teikna upp holurnar sem bætt verður við.


Nordic Business Report-December 22, 2005-European Commission clears Telenor AB's acquisition of Vodafone Sweden(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


STOCKHOLM (Dow Jones)--Noonday Asset Management, a global asset management firm, is set to increase its stake in Foersaekrings AB Skandia (SDIA-SEK.SK) to above 5%, a person close to the transaction said Thursday.


LONDON (Dow Jones)--U.K. third-quarter gross domestic product growth failed to receive a boost under the Office of National Statistics' third round of revisions to the data.


Nordic Business Report-December 22, 2005-KT introduces Ericsson's Telephony Softswitch solution(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


Allt stefnir í mjög góða tölvusölu á árinu í heild en samkvæmt spám IDC lítur út fyrir að söluaukningin í ár verði um hálfu prósenti meiri en árið 2004. Nákvæmar tölur eru 15,8% borið saman við 15,3% í fyrra. Nýir markaðir í Kína og Suður-Ameríku skýra þessa ágætu stöðu að miklu leyti.


Nordic Business Report-December 22, 2005-Nokia supplies mobile soft switch solution in Austria(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


Nordic Business Report-December 22, 2005-Shareholders of Marconi Corporation plc approve acquisition by Ericsson(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


Ný könnun Fujitsu Siemens Computers sýnir að hartnær helmingur allra breskra karla og þriðjungur kvenna lætur sig hverfa um stund yfir hátíðarnar til þess að kíkja á tölvupóstinn á vinnustaðnum.


Hyundai mun afhenda FIFA alls 900 bíla vegna HM 2006 í Þýskalandi næsta sumar, sem einn af aðalstyrktaraðilum mótsins. Stærð flotans sýnir vel hversu óhemju stórt eitt svona heimsmeistaramót er í sniðum, en bílarnir munu flytja leikmenn, dómarara og annað starfslið mótsins á milli staða.


US SUMMARY: M&A Props Up Market, Though Sheds Some Gain


A bidding contest is brewing for Orkla Media, whose parent, Norwegian conglomerate Orkla ASA (ORK.OS), last month surprised the market by announcing it would consider structural changes to the unit.




NEW YORK (Dow Jones)--U.S. stocks rose Wednesday morning, stoking hopes that investors may yet see a Christmas rally, as the market drew support from a spate of merger deals, including Seagate Technology's $1.9 billion acquisition of its rival Maxtor Corp.


NEW YORK (Dow Jones)--The dollar is little changed versus the euro and yen in early New York trading Wednesday, with stable trading suggesting that the major position shift of the past week has faded.


CARACAS (Dow Jones)--Venezuelan oil minister Rafael Ramirez said Wednesday that the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries is discussing a possible cut in early 2006 to prevent oil prices from falling.


LONDON (Dow Jones)--Given the large number of Scots who have risen to prominence at the helm of English companies, it's only only fair that Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS.LN) has tapped an Englishman as CFO.


AMERICAN MARKETS OUTLOOK: U.S. stock markets are expected to open a little higher Wednesday, but the best of the year-end rally is already past, traders said.


Nordic Business Report-December 21, 2005-OMA chooses Teleca AB's test tool(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


Nordic Business Report-December 21, 2005-ReadSoft AB supplies Vodafone New Zealand with invoicing solution(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


Nordic Business Report-December 21, 2005-Fast Search & Transfer ASA signs search platform contract with Universo OnLine(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


Nordic Business Report-December 21, 2005-Ericsson receives approval for acquisition of Marconi(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


Nordic Business Report-December 21, 2005-Icelandair reports passenger numbers up in November 2005(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


Nordic Business Report-December 21, 2005-Tele2 to deliver telephony services for Scania(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


Nordic Business Report-December 21, 2005-Telenor AB expands broadband network in Sweden(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


Rekstrartekjur Golfklúbbsins Keilis námu tæplega 87 milljónum króna á síðasta fjárhagsári en aðalfundur félagsins var haldinn 15. desember. Hagnaður af starfsemi klúbbsins nam tæpum þremur milljónum króna. Stjórnin var öll endurkjörin, en hún er þannig skipuð: Bergsteinn Hjörleifsson formaður, Sveinn Sigurbergsson varaformaður, Guðmundur Haraldsson ritari, Pálmi Hinriksson gjaldkeri og meðstjórnendur Bóas Jónsson, Hálfdán Þór Karlsson og Heiðrún Jóhannsdóttir.


Áætlað er að framkvæmdir við byggingu fjölnotahúss við Vallakór í Kópavogi hefjist snemma á næsta ári og þeim ljúki á árinu 2007. Í fyrsta áfanga framkvæmda mun Kópavogsbær annast uppbyggingu og bera kostnað af gerð fjölnota íþróttahúss (knatthúss), með fullbúnum keppnisvelli ásamt 6 búningsklefum. Byggingarmagn og stærð ræðst af skipulagsskilmálum. Kópavogsbær stefnir að því að uppbygging mannvirkis verði framkvæmd í alútboði.


Þýsk knattspyrnuyfirvöld hafa gert sit besta til að fullvissa Bandaríkjamenn um að alls öryggis verði gætt á heimsmeistarakeppni í knattspyrnu sem fer fram næsta sumar í Þýskalandi.


Samkvæmt fjárhagsáætlun Seltjarnarnes er gert ráð fyrir að á árinu 2006 verði framkvæmdir á Seltjarnarnesi í sögulegu hámarki og verður alls 485 milljónum varið til fjárfestinga og nýframkvæmda, töluverðum hluta verður varið til íþróttaframnkvæmda.


CALPINE ANNOUNCES CHAPTER 11 FILINGCalpine files for protection from creditors under the U.S. bankruptcy code in the Southern District of New York, bogged down by $17.2 billion in debt it amassed in an ill-fated try to become the biggest power generator in the U.S. The filing last night came less than a month after Calpine's board pushed out its two top executives, including founder and Chief Executive Peter Cartwright.


STOCKHOLM (Dow Jones)--Norwegian oil and gas company Norsk Hydro ASA (NHY) Wednesday said it has agreed to acquire the business of Alulift, a Czech company offering aluminum fabricated products to the Czech and eastern European markets.


STOCKHOLM, Sweden--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 21, 2005--Old Mutual has announced that acceptances of its offer have been validated representing 62.5% of all the shares in Skandia and that it will therefore be proceeding with the offer. Old Mutual has also announced that it is extending the acceptance period until 12 January 2006 and that it has not yet received the requisite approvals from all regulatory authorities. Skandia shareholders will continue to have the right to withdraw tendered shares during the extension period.


0818 GMT [Dow Jones] Deutsche Bank upgrades TeliaSonera (TLSN.SK) to buy from hold and price target to SEK45.5 from SEK40.9. Believes earnings volatility will be less pronounced in 2006 than in 2005. Says aggressive cost control program, benefits of which will begin to impact the numbers in 2006, is also an attractive characteristic of the equity exposure. Increment of SEK3 per share in value toward price target is predicated on full delivery of planned cost reduction program. Says dividend yield is also attractive and sustainable in the medium-term. Shares +0.5% at SEK42.50. (JFP)


Stocks ended little changed in a volatile session Tuesday, with a sharp decline in General Motors Corp after a report by J.D. Power and Associates said it was losing market share to its Asian rivals. Treasurys fell.


NEW YORK (Dow Jones)--Determined to show progress in his first full quarter at the helm, Morgan Stanley (MWD) Chief Executive John Mack unveiled a $1.75 billion British credit-card acquisition and better-than-expected earnings.


DETROIT (Dow Jones)--Shares of General Motors Corp. (GM) tumbled to an 18-year low Tuesday following reports out of Japan suggesting the struggling company could be facing a fight for the spot as the world's No. 1 auto maker with Toyota Motor Corp. (TM)


LONDON (Dow Jones)--BAE Systems said Tuesday that it has won a GBP123 million order to supply 45 CV9035 infantry fighting vehicles to the Danish Army.


Nordic Business Report-December 20, 2005-Tecnomen Corporation's NGM System adopted in Austria(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


Nordic Business Report-December 20, 2005-SKF signs long-term service agreement with Air France Industries/KLM Engineering & Maintenance(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


BRUSSELS (Dow Jones)--The European Union said Tuesday it has reached agreement with eight South East European countries as well as Norway and Iceland to create a common European aviation area, in move that could create new opportunities for European airlines and lead to cheaper tickets for travelers.


Skipulags- og byggingarráð Hafnarfjarðar hefur samþykkt breytingu á deiliskipulagi fyrir Kaplakrika en breytingin felur í sér að gert er ráð fyrir sjálfsafgreiðslustöð fyrir bensín á svæði við Flatahraun þar sem nú eru bílastæði. Breytingin hefur verið unnin í samstarfi FH og Atlantsolíu en síðarnefnda fyrirtækið hyggst koma þar upp.


Fátt getur komið getur í veg fyrir að nýr glæsilegur golfvöllur verði opnaður á næsta ári. Leirdalsvöllur í Kópavogi sem er viðbót við 18 holu völl GKG á Vífilsstöðum í Garðabæ. Völlurinn sem er eins og nafnið gefur til kynna í Leirdal í Kópavogi liggur frá Hnoðraholti til austur upp Leirdal meðfram Salahverfi í Kópavogi og teygir sig allt upp í Kórahverfi.


Nordic Business Report-December 20, 2005-Ericsson extends managed services contract with TeliaSonera International Carrier(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


STOCKHOLM (Dow Jones)--Swedish telecommunications company Telefon AB L.M. Ericsson (ERICY) Tuesday said it has signed an expansion contract for managed services with TeliaSonera International Carrier, a unit of TeliaSonera AB (TLSN.SK).


LONDON (Dow Jones)--Not so much a bang as a whimper, but it gets the job done.


Nordic Business Report-December 20, 2005-Fast Search & Transfer ASA receives FAST ESP contract from Carrefour(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


Nordic Business Report-December 20, 2005-Paynova AB acquires US sales and support company(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


Sölaukning í tölvukubbum á heimsvísu verður meiri en á þessu ári sem þó hefur verið meiri en ráð var fyrir gert. Í frétt á heimasíðu tæknivals er bent á að útgjöld tengd fjarskiptum og upplýsingatækni komi til með að auka sölu tölvukubba og samkvæmt spá IDC kemur aukningin til með að nema 8% eða 240 milljörðum dala.


Íslensk stjórnvöld, í samvinnu við upplýsingatækniiðnaðinn, standa fyrir sérstökum upplýsingatæknidegi 24. janúar næstkomandi undir nafninu "UT-dagurinn".


PARIS (Dow Jones)--Better late than never, but it's going to take more than the resignation of Antonio Fazio for confidence to be restored in Italy and its political and financial institutions.


(Dow Jones) The reported AOL-Google (GOOG) pact represents a near-term positive for Yahoo (YHOO) in that the challenge Microsoft (MSFT) aims to mount in the on-line ad market appears to have fizzled, says Susquehanna Financial. Still, over the long-term, the deal could challenge YHOO's top position in branded on-line advertising and make GOOG a more robust competitor in the portal market as it markets AOL content, the firm says. (CHR)


By Robb M. Stewart LONDON (Dow Jones)--Don't dismiss it as hype, size does matter - particularly when it comes to fixed-line telecoms in the U.K.


Nordic Business Report-December 19, 2005-42Networks AB participates in network project in China(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


WARSAW (Dow Jones)--Icelandic private equity fund Novator Telecom Monday launched a 321.1 million zloty ($1=PZN3.2215) bid for 13.01% of Poland's leading alternative telecom operator Netia (NET.WA).


LONDON (Dow Jones)--The WTO has come up with a meaningless text that quite frankly could have been signed before the Hong Kong trade talks even began.


BAGHDAD (Dow Jones)--Iraq's oil minister said Monday that he would resign if the government doesn't overturn Sunday's decision to hike fuel prices five to nine times.


AMERICAN MARKETS OUTLOOK: U.S. stock markets are expected to open higher Monday, market-watchers say.


US SUMMARY: Stocks May See Limited Moves This Week


0928 GMT [Dow Jones] Lehman Brothers lowers Norsk Hydro (NHY) target price to NOK690 from NOK720, and keeps equalweight recommendation. Says the group's capital market day was disappointing, adding "although the group has extended its production growth target out to '10, it is now set at 6% pa rather than the 8% pa target previously forecast out to '08." Says the company will also lift its capex in '06 by 50% to NOK30B, 20% higher than forecast. Shares -0.9% at NOK690. (AST)


Traditionally, the last two weeks of the year are a time of light volumes but rising stock prices on Wall Street. Yet, this year, stocks have remained flat, while Treasurys reap the reward.


STOCKHOLM (Dow Jones)--Norwegian insurance company Storebrand ASA (STB.OS) said Monday it will divest the company`s 50% ownership stake in the Danish non-life company Fair Insurance to Gjensidige Forsikring.


The silicon metal plant has an annual capacity of about 70,000 tons.


Nordic Business Report-December 19, 2005-Tele2 divests fixed telephony operations in the UK and Ireland(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


Áætlað er að framkvæmdir við byggingu fjölnotahús við Vallakór í Kópavogi hefjist snemma á næsta ári og þeim ljúki á árinu 2007. Í fyrsta áfanga framkvæmda mun Kópavogsbær annast uppbyggingu og bera kostnað af gerð fjölnota íþróttahúss (knatthúss), með fullbúnum keppnisvelli ásamt 6 búningsklefum. Byggingarmagn og stærð ræðst af skipulagsskilmálum.


Akureyringar og Dalvíkingar hafa hafið framleiðslu á snjó við skíðasvæði sín. Vegna þess hefur verið lagt í töluverða fjárfestingu. Fjárfesting Akureyringa er upp á 120 milljónir króna en Dalvíkingar fjárfesta fyrir nokkra tugi milljóna.


NEW YORK (Dow Jones)--Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (WMT) still expects same-store sales at its domestic locations to grow between 2% and 4% in December.


BRUSSELS (AP)--EU leaders accepted Macedonia Saturday as a candidate for membership but linked the Balkan nation's entry to a debate on the EU's future and its ability to absorb more relatively poor newcomers.


BEIRUT (AP)--Syria was behind the assassination of former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri, according to the chief U.N. investigator leading the assassination probe in remarks published Saturday.


NEW YORK (Dow Jones)--Media stocks remained essentially flat Friday as declines in shares of Scholastic Corp. (SCHL) and Sirius Satellite Radio Inc. (SIRI) were offset by gains at EchoStar Communications Corp. (DISH) and other sector companies.


[Dow Jones] STOCKHOLM--Nordic stocks end trade in mainly positive territory, OMXS30 +0.9% at 943.57 lending support from Ericsson on a contract win from Sunrise. OMXH25 ends +1.1% at 2290.54, helped by Nokia after announcement it will set up a global technical support center in India. OMXC25 closes +0.5% at 380.19, while OBX is the loser, -1.1% at 1084.86, pulled down by lower oil prices as well as a profit warning and CEO shift news from Tandberg. Eyes continues to be on oil prices. Next weeks calendar includes Volvo truck deliveries, Orion EGM and Scandinavian macro data. (LON)


AMERICAN MARKETS OUTLOOK: U.S. stock markets are expected to open higher Friday, judging by early futures trading.


Nordic Business Report-December 16, 2005-Ericsson signs managed services contract with sunrise(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


Nordic Business Report-December 16, 2005-Finnish mobile phone sales up by 21% in November 2005 - report(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


LONDON (Dow Jones)--The dollar's dive against the yen is showing signs of coming to an end at midday in Europe Friday but the U.S. currency is starting to slide against other majors at the same time.


Stocks slogged through a disappointing session Thursday, with stocks modestly lower as investors consolidated their holdings despite solid corporate earnings reports and the biggest drop in consumer prices in 56 years. Treasurys recovered late to finish mixed.


STOCKHOLM (Dow Jones)--Swedish construction company Skanska AB (SKA-B.SK) Friday said it has been chosen for a long-term school development program in Bristol in the U.K., of which the first project valued at about SEK1.5 billion.


0946 GMT [Dow Jones] HVB says Deutsche Bank's (DB) announcement that it will support private investors who entered into the "Grundbesitz-invest" fund, is a reaction to the massive criticism of the bank's "rigid" behavior. HVB believes decision to support investors is critical as it should limit potential damage to private customer business, even if it burdens '05 earnings. HVB says DB's original management of this conflict was harmful to its image and business. Keeps at outperform, target price at EUR92. Shares +1.1% at EUR82.16. (HAD)


Nordic Business Report-December 16, 2005-Nokia starts deliveries of Nokia 6680(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


Nordic Business Report-December 16, 2005-Nokia to open new Nokia Global Networks Solutions Center in India(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


HONG KONG (AP)--Dozens of South Korean farmers and Taiwanese workers tried to push through a police barricade Friday near a convention center where World Trade Organization officials are meeting in Hong Kong.


COPENHAGEN (Dow Jones)--Iceland's Baugur Group (BAUGUR.YY) is close to acquiring Atlas Ejendomme, Denmark's largest, privately held real estate company, for DKK2.8 billion ($451 million), writes Borsen, citing unnamed sources.


STOCKHOLM (Dow Jones)--Swedish construction company Skanska AB (SKA-B.SK) Friday said it has been chosen for a long-term school development program in Bristol in the U.K., of which the first project valued at about SEK1.5 billion.


STOCKHOLM (Dow Jones)--Swedish engineering company Foervaltnings AB Johnson Pump (JP-A.SK) Friday said it has appointed Mats Gustafsson as acting chief executive officer.


STOCKHOLM (Dow Jones)--Scandinavian airline operator SAS AB (SAS.SK) Friday confirmed it has an excess of pilots and that some pilots will have to leave the company.


The shock wave that rippled through the natural-gas-futures market from a surprisingly high weekly storage withdrawal was brief and gave way to a renewed round of selling.


0031 GMT [Dow Jones] Nikkei stays weaker as exporter blue chips down on USD/JPY weakness; index down 0.3% at 15210.05. Nikkei's 3.3% slide over past two sessions and today's moderate decline mark first real correction phase since late October, when benchmark index's strong rally started; gap between cash Nikkei and 25-day average shrank to 2.2% as of yesterday's close, other technical charts no longer showing signs of market being overheated, says brokerage general manager. Nikkei may resume uptrend next week, but for this, USD/JPY needs to stabilize, he adds. (NXN)


SYDNEY (Dow Jones)--Australia's Dragon Mining NL (DRA.AU) said Friday it plans to raise A$35 million to restart a second gold operation and step up exploration in Finland.


SINGAPORE (Dow Jones)--Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd. (S63.SG) said Thursday it has bought a 67% stake in Swedish aircraft repair and component supplier, SAS Component AB, for about S$161 million (US$96.5 million) to expand its European business.


(All index values based on U.S. dollars unless noted)Net PercentIndex Change ChangeWorld 234.61 -1.15 -0.49World (ex. U.S.) 195.30 -1.48 -0.75Americas 311.91 -0.79 -0.25Latin America 401.16 -4.46 -1.10Europe 264.38 -2.36 -0.88Euro Zone 263.57 -1.62 -0.61Europe (ex. U.K.) 288.95 -2.39 -0.82Pacific 128.61 -0.73 -0.56Pacific (ex. Japan) 237.91 -0.29 -0.12Local Currency Net Pct Dollar Net PctIndex Chg Chg Index Chg ChgBrazil 4392462 -42011 -0.95 754.45 -12.90 -1.68Canada 364.08 -0.16 -0.04 363.29 -2.24 -0.61Chile 412.05 5.97 1.47 298.98 3.13 1.06Mexico 1255.52 -4.88 -0.39 358.36 -3.76 -1.04U.S. 307.48 -0.63 -0.20 307.48 -0.63 -0.20Venezuela 1402.47 -22.18 -1.56 33.25 -0.09 -0.27Austria 357.57 0.10 0.03 332.78 -2.17 -0.65Belgium 342.27 -2.74 -0.79 318.70 -4.75 -1.47Denmark 385.03 0.20 0.05 365.32 -2.33 -0.63Finland 1139.77 -7.64 -0.67 948.71 -12.87 -1.34France 290.70 0.01 0.00 274.22 -1.86 -0.67Germany 239.65 0.49 0.20 222.33 -1.07 -0.48Greece 321.71 3.78 1.19 221.00 1.11 0.50Ireland 510.14 2.12 0.42 463.81 -1.22 -0.26Italy 278.14 -0.25 -0.09 212.67 -1.65 -0.77Netherlands 332.50 1.54 0.47 308.64 -0.66 -0.21Norway 307.91 -5.45 -1.74 276.81 -6.79 -2.39Portugal 228.28 2.74 1.21 184.45 0.98 0.53Spain 408.58 -0.60 -0.15 285.81 -2.38 -0.83Sweden 495.64 -1.50 -0.30 369.16 -4.69 -1.25Switzerland 431.98 -3.29 -0.76 454.01 -6.94 -1.51U.K. 231.57 -0.92 -0.40 218.39 -2.20 -1.00S. Africa 604.81 6.99 1.17 258.02 -1.66 -0.64Australia 314.67 0.56 0.18 309.64 -3.17 -1.01Hong Kong 273.25 1.23 0.45 274.12 1.25 0.46Indonesia 385.66 -6.99 -1.78 78.11 -1.70 -2.13Japan 103.18 -1.25 -1.20 110.46 -0.89 -0.80Malaysia 164.66 -0.72 -0.44 118.63 -0.45 -0.38New Zealand 172.43 1.88 1.10 221.00 -2.03 -0.91Philippines 213.81 -3.35 -1.54 104.46 -0.90 -0.85Singapore 178.59 0.28 0.16 173.41 0.32 0.18South Korea 267.19 0.56 0.21 200.07 1.21 0.61Taiwan 157.54 0.54 0.34 122.22 0.93 0.77Thailand 128.63 -0.91 -0.70 74.08 -0.41 -0.55--12-15-05 1721EST


[Dow Jones] WALL STREET SUMMARY: U.S. stocks edged down; DJIA off 0.02%, Nasdaq down 0.09%, Philly semicons off 0.48%. "The market was a little disappointed" with core CPI for November, which rose 0.2% "that leads to concerns about inflation", says J.P. Private Bank's Richard Madigan.


IRAQIS FINISHED VOTING in the parliamentary election after balloting was extended by an hour because of high turnout. The election commission said results will be announced within two weeks.* * *Americans remain unhappy with Bush, but his approval rating rose a hair, a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll found. Meanwhile, seniors' ire with the administration has implications for the midterm elections.* * *William Proxmire, the former Wisconsin senator and political maverick who zeroed in on wasteful government spending, died at 90.* * *WTO talks remained deadlocked as the EU defended itself against criticism that its refusal to further open its agricultural markets threatened to derail the entire conference.* * *Germany's foreign minister warned that the international community is losing patience with Iran after its president denied the Holocaust as a 'myth.' He called on the EU and U.N. to condemn the remarks.* * *A big domestic spending bill passed the House on a partisan 215-213 vote as Democrats railed against cutbacks while Republican leaders push for tax-cut legislation. The House voted 308-122 to make Sen. McCain's antitorture standards part of a defense bill.* * *The House voted 251-174 to extend the Patriot Act in modified form, but a Senate filibuster threat over civil-liberties concerns could push the battle into 2006.* * *Israeli missiles killed four Islamic Jihad militants in Gaza. A split widened in the ruling Fatah Palestinian faction. Rival election lists were filed.* * *Lebanese flooded Beirut to mourn Monday's assassination of publisher-lawmaker Gebran Tueni, the latest vocal Syria critic to meet a violent end.* * *Sanofi-Aventis reports 'a good immune response' from a vaccine it is testing as a potential bird-flu weapon should it jump to humans.* * *The U.S. expanded a crackdown on North Korean overseas cash-raising schemes. Pyongyang said the drive may imperil nuclear talks.* * *Alito's nomination was opposed by the AFL-CIO and several civil-rights groups, including the NAACP, as he continued Capitol Hill courtesy calls.* * *Bolivia votes for president Sunday, with a U.S. critic and coca proponent favored. If he falls short, the decision falls into Congress's lap.* * *An EU summit begins amid divisions that have isolated Blair over farm spending and the budget, which faced challenges as leaders gave another cold response to new British proposals.* * *A House panel won't subpoena the White House for documents detailing internal communications before and after Hurricane Katrina made landfall, the committee's Republican chairman decided.* * *Women with lupus aren't endangered by contraceptive pills with estrogen, according to two studies contradicting long-held belief.* * *China declared initial success in controlling bird flu, but warned of a continued risk. Ukraine confirmed H5N1 is spreading.


[Dow Jones] STOCKHOLM--Nordic stocks end trade in mainly negative territory, OMXS30 -0.3% at 934.79 pulled down by Atlas Copco and Sandvik.


Illinois Supreme Court overturns a lower state court's decision that Philip Morris USA defrauded state consumers by claiming its Marlboro Lights and Cambridge Lights cigarettes were safer than ordinary cigarettes. Court says the FTC had specifically authorized tobacco companies to characterize their products as "light" or "low tar and nicotine." Altria shares climb 5% on ruling.


Nordic Business Report-December 15, 2005-FlyMe to increase number of departures(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


LONDON (Dow Jones)-- Oil and gas major BG Group PLC (BRG) Thursday said it has been awarded stakes in four new drilling licenses in the Norwegian North Sea under the predefined 2005 licensing round.


WASHINGTON (Dow Jones)--U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission staffers told members of commission on Thursday thathigh natural gas prices, although varying drastically across the country, are most likely the result of hurricane-relatedoutages in the Gulf Coast, not market manipulation."To date, the prices do appear to be related to these outages," said Steve Harvey, deputy director of FERC's office of market oversight and investigations. "Overall, prices appear to be reacting much as we indicated they would... with cold weather resulting in immediate, sharp increases in spot prices."


NEW YORK (Dow Jones)--A drop in consumer inflation and oil prices encouraged investors early Thursday, and blue-chip stocks rose at the outset. But technology stocks were declining, and twice as many stocks fell than rose on the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq Stock Market, a bad sign for equities.


STOCKHOLM (Dow Jones)--Norwegian Icelandic financial group Islandsbanki Hf. (ISB.IC) Thursday said it plans to open a representative office in Shanghai in China in 2006.


OSLO (Dow Jones)--Norsk Hydro ASA (NHY) would consider investment in Sunangol's planned 200,000 barrel-a-day crude refinery in Angola should it be part of the state company's requirement for partnering on several exploration and production blocks, a top Hydro official said Thursday.


LONDON Dec. 15, 2005--Standard & Poor's Ratings Services said today that its ratings on Netherlands-incorporated bank ABN AMRO Bouwfonds N.V. (Bouwfonds), including the long-term 'A+' counterparty credit rating on the bank, remain on CreditWatch with negative implications, where they had been placed on March 24, 2005, originally with developing implications. The secured debt ratings on Bouwfonds remain on CreditWatch with positive implications. The CreditWatch update follows the Dec. 14, 2005, announcement by Bouwfonds' parent, ABN AMRO Bank N.V. (ABN AMRO; AA-/Stable/A-1+), of the planned sale of Bouwfonds in 2006.


Nordic Business Report-December 15, 2005-SAS Ground Services secures passenger services contract from Mahan Air(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


(Dow Jones) Citigroup values GMAC at $24B and says that sale of controlling stake in GM's lending is a "necessity" so GMAC can shed junk status. Analyst Jon Rogers says "this company simply isn't viable at junk ratings." GMAC's 2006 earnings could decrease by $1B because of low ratings and the unit is barred from accessing the unsecured debt market, "which is the lifeblood" of GMAC's business, Rogers says during a conference call. If GM owned just 49% of GMAC, its profits "should be only slightly lower than 100% control and junk ratings." (JDS)


STOCKHOLM (Dow Jones)--General Wireless Thursday said it has signed an agreement with mobile phone operator 3, owned by Investor AB (INVE-B.SK ) and Hutchison Whampoa Ltd. (0013.HK), to deliver a service for sending messages from computers to mobile phones in Denmark and Sweden.


OSLO (Dow Jones)--Norsk Hydro ASA (NHY) expects to increase its oil and gas production almost 9% next year, the company said Thursday.


OSLO (Dow Jones)--Norsk Hydro ASA (NHY) Chief Executive Eivind Reiten said he wouldn't rule out exiting some of the company's downstream aluminum units, he said Thursday.


NEW YORK (Dow Jones)--Stocks are seen opening mixed Thursday on a fresh round of economic data, including a report on consumer inflation.


OSLO (Dow Jones)--Norsk Hydro ASA (NHY) Chief Executive Eivind Reiten said Thursday he expects crude oil prices to remain at a "volatile high level" between $40 to $60 a barrel in 2006.


LONDON (Dow Jones)--Crude oil futures were little moved Thursday as lingering cold temperatures in the U.S., and the prospect of stronger heating product demand, continues to prop up sentiment.


TEHRAN (AP)--Hamas militants will carry out attacks inside Israel if it invades Iran, the political leader of the Palestinian group said Thursday.


ABGENIX INC. (ABGX). Amgen will buy Abgenix for roughly $2.2 billion, or$22.50 a share. There is a $75 million terminationfee.Wednesday Close: $14.65Net Change: Up 46 cents% Change: 3.2%Volume: 1.5M sharesAMGEN INC. (AMGN)Wednesday Close: $76.78Net Change: Down 68 cents% Change: 0.9%Volume: 5.2M Shares


CHICAGO (Dow Jones)--JPMorgan Chase & Co.'s (JPM) JPMorgan Chase Bank agreed to buy Collegiate Funding Services Inc. (CFSI) for about $663 million, or $20 a share in cash, to create an education finance business.


STOCKHOLM (Dow Jones)--Norwegian oil and gas company Norsk Hydro ASA (NHY) Thursday said it expects record-high earnings for 2005 and that it will step up exploration activities in 2006.


Dow Jones: AMERICAN MARKETS OUTLOOK: U.S. stock markets look set to open little changed Thursday from the previous close, but a string of data due later in the session could give more direction, analysts say.


SINGAPORE (Dow Jones)--Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd. (S63.SG) said Thursday it has bought a 67% stake in Swedish aircraft repair and component supplier, SAS Component AB, for about S$161 million (US$96.5 million) to expand its European business.


HONG KONG (AP)--Share prices in Asia were mixed Thursday as the region's biggest bourse - in Japan - dropped, and South Korean stocks rose to a new high.


LONDON (Dow Jones)--European equity indexes are expected to form a top, now that the October to December uptrend has been breached Thursday morning and negative divergence in overbought territory can be seen on the six-hourly charts.


1112 GMT [Dow Jones] Bear Stearns cuts Deutsche Telekom (DT) to underperform from peer perform. Says company plans to "spend its way" through T-Mobile's growth problems in Germany, UK. This will depress 06 margins. The target of above 5% growth for T-Systems seems ambitious on back of its lackluster 05 performance, it adds. Also, DT's committed to investing heavily in US, seeing its required US spectrum spending around $6.49B. DT -0.3% at EUR13.98. (JEL)


1106 GMT [Dow Jones] DAX flat at 5287.46, straying little from 5300 ahead of triple-witching day Friday. "5300 is where there are the most open positions in DAX futures, so we shouldn't stray far from this level" says a trader.


STOCKHOLM (Dow Jones)--Finnish bank OKO Bank Oyj (OKOAS.HE) Thursday said the chairman of its executive board, Antti Tanskanen will retire as from Jan. 1, 2007.


In its half-yearly report on economic trends in Norway and abroad, the government agency improved its forecasts for 2006 in all the major indicators, including mainland growth, unemployment and core inflation.


Forsætisráðuneytið hefur látið gera úttekt á vefjum á vegum ríkis og sveitarfélaga. Megintilgangurinn með úttektinni er að fá heildstætt yfirlit yfir alla þá rafrænu þjónustu sem er í boði hjá ríki og sveitarfélögum en einnig að auka vitund opinberra aðila um það hvar þeir standa í samanburði við aðra og gefa betri hugmynd um möguleika og tækifæri sem felast í rafrænni þjónustu.


STOCKHOLM (Dow Jones)--Swedish clothes retailer H & M Hennes & Mauritz AB (HM-B.SK) Thursday said group sales in November rose 11% from the same month in 2004.


STOCKS: Wall Street got a boost as crude oil futures, gasoline and natural gas prices all slipped in afternoon trading following a surprisingly strong inventory report from the Department of Energy.


When their daughter Audrey was just a few months old, Jim and Marilyn Simons noticed that she wasn't making eye contact. It wasn't until the girl was 6 years old that she was diagnosed with autism. Ms. Simons scoured records from her pregnancy. Had something gone wrong? What caused her condition?


U.S. deficit in international trade of goods and services widens 4.4% to $68.89 billion from a slightly revised $66 billion in September as rising purchases of foreign oil, natural gas and other goods from overseas offset increased exports. Economists had forecast a deficit of $63 billion. Separately, U.S. import prices fall 1.7% in November, reflecting 8.0% drop in prices of petroleum imports.


1:55 (Dow Jones) DJIA up more than 90 points, but not everyone is participating. Of the 30 members, 22 are advancing, unusual for a move of this magnitude. Credit those that are on the upswing; their advances are stout. They include, at the top, Honeywell International (HON), ahead 6.8%; Pfizer (PFE), up 2.9%; Merck (MRK), ahead 2.5%; Boeing (BA), rising 1.9%; and United Technologies (UTX), gaining 2.1%. DJIA up 92 at 10915. (KJT)


STOCKHOLM--Nordic stocks end mixed as Stockholm and Copenhagen close down, whilst Oslo and Helsinki post modest gains.


COPENHAGEN (Dow Jones)--Denmark is reviewing its much-vaunted welfare system as a dwindling workforce and ageing population threatens to overwhelm the system within a generation unless there's a major rethink.


WASHINGTON (Dow Jones)--The U.S. trade deficit set a record in October, with foreign oil purchases rising and other imports climbing as businesses rebuild inventories.


COPENHAGEN (AP)--The government Wednesday said it will offer radio broadcast licenses at auction next year after they were returned by Sky Radio.


LONDON (Dow Jones)--Java Acquisitions said Wednesday that it has agreed with the Whittard of Chelsea board the terms of a recommended cash offer, to be made by Teather & Greenwood and Landsbanki on behalf of Java, for Whittard (other than the 650,000 Whittard Shares already held by the Baugur Group), valuing it at GBP21.5 million.


Nordic Business Report-December 14, 2005-Finnish aviation authorities admit that security at Helsinki-Vantaa needs improving(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


LONDON (Dow Jones)--It has been suggested that Macquarie Bank (MBL.AU) has been lining up a bid for the London Stock Exchange (LSE.LN) for the better part of nine months, leading cynics to suggest the Australians are struggling to make the math work.


LONDON (Dow Jones)--Java Acquisitions said Wednesday that it has agreed with the Whittard of Chelsea board the terms of a recommended cash offer, to be made by Teather & Greenwood and Landsbanki on behalf of Java, for Whittard (other than the 650,000 Whittard Shares already held by the Baugur Group), valuing it at GBP21.5 million.


AMERICAN MARKETS OUTLOOK: U.S. stock markets look set to open lower Wednesday as the boost from the Federal Reserve's quarter-point rate hike Tuesday fades.


NEW YORK (Dow Jones)--Media entrepreneur and BET founder Robert L. Johnson is starting a private equity fund with the help of Carlyle Group LP (CAY.XX) to invest in corporate buyouts, the Washington Post reported Wednesday.


1005 GMT [Dow Jones] News that Macquarie's (MAP.AU) received 52.4% shareholder acceptance for its offer for Copenhagen Airports (KBHL.KO), now making the offer unconditional, "isn't a surprise," Jacob Pedersen, analyst at Sydbank says. "I had expected Macquarie to get a bit more though, because except for the Danish state holding of 39.2% which it has said it won't sell, there's still 8.4% outstanding. The question is what Macquarie will do now," he says. Has neutral rating. Trades +2.2% at DKK43. (LON)


Nordic Business Report-December 14, 2005-Macquarie Airports Copenhagen ApS completes tender offer for Copenhagen Airports A/S(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


Nordic Business Report-December 14, 2005-Ericsson introduces new range of BusinessPhone solutions(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


Nordic Business Report-December 14, 2005-Finnair reports passenger numbers up by 3.7% in November 2005(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


Nordic Business Report-December 14, 2005-Nokia expresses satisfaction over auction of Telsim's assets to Vodafone(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


HONG KONG (Dow Jones)--Fishing, specifically overfishing, has put long-time antagonists in the same boat as free-traders and environmentalists push to use the World Trade Organization to end subsidies that encourage depletion of global fish stocks.


LONDON (Dow Jones)--Java Acquisitions said Wednesday that it has agreed with the Whittard of Chelsea board the terms of a recommended cash offer, to be made by Teather & Greenwood and Landsbanki on behalf of Java, for Whittard (other than the 650,000 Whittard Shares already held by the Baugur Group), valuing it at GBP21.5 million.


US SUMMARY: Shares Advance After Fed's Rate Hike, Hint


Nordic Business Report-December 14, 2005-Mandator AB signs strategic partnership agreement with Volvo Car Corporation in Sweden(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


HOUSTON (Dow Jones)--Global energy consumption will soar 60% over the next 25 years, Exxon Mobil Corp. (XOM) forecast Tuesday in its annual energy outlook.


MOSCOW, Dec 13 (Prime-Tass) -- The Russian government may decide to sell its 34.01% stake in Russia's largest heavy truck manufacturer Kamaz no earlier than January 2006, Valery Nazarov, director of the Federal Property Management Agency, or Rosimushchestvo, told journalists Tuesday.


HOUSTON (AP)--About 40 former Enron traders have been ordered by a Texas bankruptcy judge to return $20 million of bonuses they received just before the company went bankrupt.


STOCKHOLM (Dow Jones)--Finnish insurance company Sampo Oyj (SAMAS.HE) Tuesday said the sale of its Polish operations to Nordea AB (NDA.SK) has been approved by the Polish competition authorities.


Nordic Business Report-December 13, 2005-TeliaSonera inaugurates broadband built-out in Markaryd, Sweden(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


Nordic Business Report-December 13, 2005-Norwegian air travel increases - report(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


Nordic Business Report-December 13, 2005-SAS plans to sell its maintenance service - report(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


LONDON (Dow Jones)--ConocoPhilips' (COP) proposed acquisition of Burlington Resources (BR) is an object lesson to Royal Dutch Shell (RD) on how to deal with miserable replacement reserves.


STOCKHOLM (Dow Jones)--Norwegian telecommunications provider Telenor ASA (TELN) Tuesday said Telenor Cinclus has signed a deal worth around NOK350 million to supply Swedish energy provider E.ON Sverige, part of German energy company E.ON AG (EOA.XE) with a meter reading technology.


STOCKHOLM (Dow Jones)--Danish airport operator Copenhagen Airports A/S (KBHL.KO) said Tuesday the number of passengers at its associated companies mainly fell in November compared with the same period last year.


AMERICAN MARKETS OUTLOOK: U.S. markets are expected to open flat Tuesday ahead of the U.S. Federal Reserve's interest rate meeting, and market-watchers say they are likely to be fairly quiet until the rate decision.


Nordic Business Report-December 13, 2005-Ericsson comments on addition to indictment against its employees(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


TOP STORIESMISTRIAL DECLARED IN FIRST FEDERAL VIOXX TRIALJudge declares mistrial in first federal Vioxx case after jury fails to reach a unanimous verdict in a "reasonable" amount of time on whether the drug was a factor in the 2001 death of Richard "Dicky" Irvin. New England Journal of Medicine editors said last week that a Merck-funded study was submitted with critical data missing. Mistrial might signal a weakness in a key peg of the pharmaceutical giant's legal strategy. Merck shares fall 2%.


KB banki hefur fest kaup á viðskiptatengslakerfinu Quotare frá Skýrr fyrir hluta af sínu sölufólki. Bankinn notar kerfið til að halda utan um samskipti og samninga við viðskiptavini.


KHABAROVSK, Russia (AP)--A toxic slick from a Chinese plant explosion has begun moving more quickly toward Russia and is due to cross the border in about three days, Alexander Gavrilov, the head of the Russian Far East Meteorological Service, said Tuesday.


US SUMMARY: Energy Stocks In Focus In Mixed Finish


Apple Computer Inc. (AAPL) could unveil a Macintosh computer running on Intel Corp. (INTC) chips as early as the first quarter of 2006, according to American Technology Research.


REYKJAVIK (Dow Jones)--With the Bank of Iceland's foot firmly on the monetary brakes, Iceland's booming economy is now expected to settle down to a pace seen elsewhere in the Nordic region.


NEW YORK (Dow Jones)--Shares of Dreamworks Animation SKG Inc. (DWA) rose 51 cents, or 2%, to $25.65 before the bell Monday as Paramount Pictures, a unit of Viacom Inc. (VIA), acquired the live-action movie company for $1.6 billion in cash and assumption of debt.


AMERICAN MARKETS OUTLOOK: U.S. stock markets are expected to open higher Monday as investors start the week in a bullish mood, say traders.


[Dow Jones] Deutsche Bank reiterates Elisa (ELI1V.HE) buy and EUR17.10 target. Expects consolidation of Finnish mobile market, driven by company's acquisition of Saunalahti, is leading to lower churn, an environment in which it is easier to cut costs and opportunities for top-line growth as average minute prices are unlikely to fall further. Trades +0.6% at EUR15.65. (JHC)


STOCKHOLM (Dow Jones)--Iceland's Kaupthing Bank Hf. (KAUP.IC) Monday said that Ingolfur Helgason, chief executive of Kaupthing Bank in Iceland, has purchased 400,000 shares in the bank at a price of ISK665 per share.


HEMEL HEMPSTEAD, England (AP)--Firefighters got permission Monday to begin using foam to attack a huge blaze at an oil depot north of London, following concerns that attempts to extinguish the fire could contaminate the water supply.


LONDON (Dow Jones)--Just a day before another round of WTO trade talks begin in Hong Kong it seems E.U. Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson has already scuppered any chance of a deal.


[Dow Jones] Danish annual inflation rate remains low in November, particularly if energy prices are stripped out, says Jyske Bank economist Peter Oeemig. However, expects energy will continue to push prices up, and as a result inflation won't fall below 2% in 2006. Danish bonds are little changed, with 10-year benchmark, 4%-15, trading at 105.06 versus close Friday at 104.95, with spread over German 10-year steady at -3. Krone holding onto recent gains against euro, trading at 7.4492 versus 8.4495. (FRS)


STOCKHOLM (Dow Jones)--Danish telecommunications operator TDC A/S (TLD) Monday said it is taking over 2,900 high-speed Internet customers in Sweden from broadband provider Adamo.


STOCKHOLM (Dow Jones)--Icelandic pharmaceutical company Actavis hf (ACT.IC) said Monday it has been among the first to launch the generic drug Glimepiride, into a number of important markets in Europe.


Nordic Business Report-December 12, 2005-Blue1 adds 3 new aircraft and 11 destinations(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


Nordic Business Report-December 12, 2005-Transcom WorldWide S.A. starts pilot programme with Delta Air Lines(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


COPENHAGEN (Dow Jones)--Annual consumer price inflation in Denmark remained unchanged in November compared with October, figures from the national statistics agency showed Monday.


LONDON (Dow Jones)--Charlton Athletic announces that on Sunday Dec. 11, 2005 it signed a four-and-a-half year sponsorship agreement with Spanish property company Llanera SL, from Valencia.


US SUMMARY: Fed Holds Key To Stock Rally Resumption


US SUMMARY: Fed Holds Key To Stock Rally Resumption


PARIS (Dow Jones)--French telecom and entertainment company Vivendi Universal (V) Sunday said it had entered talks with private television companies Television Francaise1 (5490.FR) and M6 Metropole Television (5322.FR) about merging their pay-TV operations.


ISTANBUL (AP)--Turkey's foreign minister denied that terror suspects were interrogated by foreign officials in Istanbul, saying in an interview published Sunday that a U.S. plane that stopped twice there had been "totally under our control."


KUWAIT CITY (Dow Jones)--Iraq's Oil Minister Ibrahim Bahr al-Uloum said Sunday he expects the country's oil exports to return to pre-war levels next year.


LONDON (Dow Jones)--Australian investment bank Macquarie may be reluctant to raise its rejected 580 pence-a-share indicative offer for the London Stock Exchange PLC (LSE.LN) beyond 600 pence, or GBP1.6 billion, The Sunday Telegraph reports.


LONDON (Dow Jones)--Asda could lose its place as the U.K.'s second-largest supermarket to J. Sainsbury (SBRY.LN) as early as January the Financial Times reported, quoting Andy Bond chief executive of Asda parent company Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (WMT).


LONDON (Dow Jones)--U.K. and U.S. newspaper publishers, including Gannett Co. Inc. (GCI), Trinity Mirror PLC (TNI.LN), Johnston Press PLC (JPR.LN) and privately-owned Archant Ltd. (ACH.YY) are considering a joint bid in the GBP1.5 billion Daily Mail & General Trust PLC (DMGT.LN) auction of its Northcliffe regional newspapers unit, The Sunday Times reports.


TEHRAN (Dow Jones)--A senior Iranian oil executive said Sunday that the current system for rewarding foreign oil companies for investing in production in Iran is being reviewed with an eye toward offering longer development times and better rates of return.


JAKARTA (AP)--A powerful earthquake shook Papua New Guinea early Monday, the U.S. Geological Survey said. There were no immediate indications of whether it caused any damage or injuries.


HEMEL HEMPSTEAD, England (AP)--An explosion at one of the U.K.'s largest oil depots Sunday morning was the largest incident of this kind in peacetime Europe," said Roy Wilshire, Hertfordshire county's chief fire officer.


Updates with 'no comment' from Ford and details about the amount Ford spends on health care)


NEW YORK (Dow Jones)--Shares of Dow components Merck & Co. (MRK) and Intel Corp. (INTC) fell some more in premarket trading Friday as Wall Street continued to digest the news that came out on each company late Thursday.


STOCKHOLM (Dow Jones)--Swedish aerospace and defense company Saab AB (SAAB-B.SK) could miss out on a contract worth about SEK750 million because of disagreements within the Swedish coalition government, the green party told Dow Jones Friday.


STOCKHOLM (Dow Jones)--Old Mutual PLC (OML.LN) supports a proposed new ownership structure for Skandia Liv, the life insurance subsidiary of Foersaekrings AB Skandia (SDIA-SEK.SK), Old Mutual's chief executive said Friday.


STOCKHOLM (Dow Jones)--Norway's central bank has a rate decision Wednesday, while Sweden reports unemployment for November on Thursday.


STOCKHOLM (Dow Jones)--Construction company NCC AB (NCC-A.SK) said Friday NCC Construction Denmark has been commissioned to build a new shopping center in Hellerup, Denmark.


[Dow Jones] Evolution reduces French Connection (FCCN.LN) forecasts following a profit warning, which shows "the brand is under a lot of pressure," says analyst Nick Bubb. Notes the share price has been up as high as 282p recently, on talk Baugur (BAUGUR.YY) has topped up its 14% stake. Cuts FY pretax profit to GBP12.5M from a below consensus GBP18M. Maintains reduce rating, adding "Baugur looks to have misread this one." Baugur not immediately available to comment. Shares -6.2% at 258p. (PBA)


LONDON (Dow Jones)--French Connection Group PLC (FCCN.LN) issued a profit warning Friday, saying that retail sales are improving, but not enough - triggering a slide in its share price.


WARSAW (Dow Jones)--It wont be a peaceful Christmas for Polish shareholders in the countrys third-largest mobile operator, Polkomtel SA (PKT.YY).


Nordic Business Report-December 9, 2005-Ericsson wins three contracts in Africa(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


Nordic Business Report-December 9, 2005-Eltek ASA subsidiary wins lawsuit in the US(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


Nordic Business Report-December 9, 2005-Nokia seeks to negotiate settlement with YCL Electronics - report(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


UEFA hefur ákveðið, líkt og áður, að hluti af þeim tekjum sem sambandið hafði af Meistaradeild UEFA 2004/2005 skuli renna til félaga í öllum aðildarlöndum UEFA til eflingar knattspyrnu barna og unglinga.


Nordic Business Report-December 8, 2005-Nokia announces plans for Nokia Flagship Stores(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


Það mun ekki fara á milli mála hver er aðal styrktaraðili Vetrarólympíuleikanna sem haldnir verða í Torino á Ítalíu 10.-26. febrúar næstkomandi. Fiat lánar keppendum, starfsfólki leikanna og blaðamönnum samtals um þrjú þúsund bíla til afnota meðan á leikunum stendur. Af þeim verða 200 eintök af hinum nýja Fiat Sedici jepplingi sem við sögum frá hér á fréttavef FÍB þann 30. nóvember síðastliðin. Sedicibílarnir verða sérstaklega merktir með áletruninni Official Car of the XX Winter Olympics, eða opinber bíll 20. Vetrarólympíuleikanna.


Nordic Business Report-December 7, 2005-Copenhagen Airports A/S reports passengers up in November 2005(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


Nordic Business Report-December 7, 2005-Copenhagen Airports receives approval of traffic regulations(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


Nordic Business Report-December 7, 2005-NextGenTel Holding ASA reports net growth in lines in operation for November 2005(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


Nordic Business Report-December 7, 2005-FlyMe reports 19.7% increase in passengers in November(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


Nordic Business Report-December 7, 2005-Norwegian reports strong growth in November traffic figures(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


Nordic Business Report-December 7, 2005-SAS reports improved traffic figures(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


Nordic Business Report-December 7, 2005-Fast Search & Transfer ASA receives contract from Turkcell(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


Síðastliðinn sunnudag lögðu fjölmargir leið sína í hina nýju líkamsræktarstöð sem Iceland Spa & Fitness hefur opnað á Reyðarfirði. Stöðin sem er í viðbyggingu við íþróttahúsið er í alla staði hin glæsilegasta, byggð upp af vel búnum tækjasal og góðum leikfimisal.


Samkvæmt frétt semPC Worldtímaritið birtir á vef sínum mun Skype bjóða uppfærslu á hugbúnaði sínum innan skamms sem mun gera notendum þess kleift að sjá viðmælendur sína ef þeir eru með til þess bæra netmyndavél. Þessi tækni hefur staðið Netverjum til boða um árabil, en ljóst er að notkun hennar mun snaraukast þegar þessi risi á samskiptamarkaðnum lætur til sín taka.


Samkvæmt tölum FDIM, sem er félag danskra netmiðla, þá velti danski netauglýsingamarkaðurinn um 2,9 milljörðum íslenskra króna 2004 og í ár stefnir salan í um 3,7 milljarða króna. Íslenska vefmælingarfyrirtækið Modernus hyggst hefja skráningu netauglýsinga og samkvæmt frétt á heimasíðu félagsins vonast það til þess að hafa kerfið tilbúið til í janúar 2006.


Nordic Business Report-December 6, 2005-Ericsson and 3 sign managed services partnership in the UK(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


Nordic Business Report-December 6, 2005-Tele2 Sverige AB signs fixed telephony agreement with Kalix Tele24(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


Sölaukning í tölvukubbum á heimsvísu verður meiri en á þessu ári sem þó hefur verið meiri en ráð var fyrir gert. Í frétt á heimasíðu Tæknivals kemur fram að útgjöld tengd fjarskiptum og upplýsingatækni koma til með að auka sölu tölvukubba og samkvæmt spá IDC kemur aukningin til með að nema 8% eða 240 milljörðum dala.


Hafin er bygging á nýju íþróttahúsi að Engjavegi 7 í Laugardal. Í ljósi þess að núverandi íþróttahús Ármanns við Sóltún þarf að víkja fyrir breyttu skipulagi samþykkti borgarráð í júní sl. kaup á félagshúsi knattspyrnufélagsins Þróttar við Engjaveg og að byggt yrði nýtt íþróttahús í tengslum við það fyrir starfsemi Glímufélagsins Ármanns. Undirbúningur fyrir nýbygginguna hefur verið unninn í samráði við fulltrúa félaganna beggja. Arkitekt húsins er Pálmar Kristmundsson hjá PK hönnun.


Nordic Business Report-December 2, 2005-Nokia introduces three new mobile phones(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


Nordic Business Report-December 2, 2005-Nokia wins contract in Colombia(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


Nordic Business Report-December 2, 2005-Ericsson and NRK trial interactive mobile TV(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


Nordic Business Report-December 2, 2005-Ericsson delivers AXX optical metro network in Taiwan(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


Nordic Business Report-December 2, 2005-Ericsson delivers network upgrade in Vietnam(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


Nordic Business Report-December 1, 2005-TeliaSonera Sweden to provide new telecomms network for Axfood AB(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


Eykt ehf. hefur undirritað samning við Skýrr hf. um innleiðingu á skjalavistunarkerfinu Erindreka frá Skýrr.


Nordic Business Report-December 1, 2005-Nera ASA subsidiary receives Inmarsat Type Approval for its mobile broadband satellite terminal(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


Nordic Business Report-December 1, 2005-Nokia leads Telia's mobile sales in November 2005(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


Nordic Business Report-December 1, 2005-Nokia plans to expand mobile device production in China(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com

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