Spanish energy sector mixed on court ruling

| January 10, 2007 | 0 Comments

Banks were lower in Europe on Wednesday, sending the FTSE Eurofirst 300 down 0.7 percent to 1,477.47. It was the Eurofirst’s lowest close in two weeks.

The energy sector was mixed after the Supreme Court in Spain lifted an injunction that had barred bids for Endsea from Eon and Gas Natural, leaving only one remaining legal hurdle before bids can be offered. Endsea was 2.6 percent higher to €36.37, but Eon dropped 0.2 percent to €96.59 and Gas Natural was 2.1 percent lower to €29.24.

In the banking sector, Erste Bank fell 3.4 percent to €57.55 after Credit Suisse issued a short-term “sell” recommendation on the stock on concerns of immediate concerns about earnings momentum. However, Credit Suisse maintained its overall “neutral” recommendation on the bank. Meanwhile, Raiffeisen International dropped 3.7 percent to €107.46.

There were gains in the semiconductors sector. Infineon added 0.2 percent to €10.96 on an upgraded targets share price from Deutsche Bank based on a better outlook from its wireless unit. STMicroelectronics gained 0.8 percent to €14.65 after an upgrade from “underweight” to “overweight” from Lehman Brothers, which also upped the chipmaker’s target share price.

Among mobile phone manufacturers, Nokia dropped 2.2 percent to €14.63 on a lowered target share price, from €16.50 to €16.30, from Deutsche Bank. Ericsson, on the other hand, received an upgrade from “hold” to “buy” from Deutsche Bank, which also upped its target share price from SKr27.509 to SKr32.50. Still, Ericsson ended the session steady at SKr28.25.

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