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Tuesday 02nd of December 2008
January 15, 2007

European oil sector makes gains


by Elaine Frei

In slow trading due to the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday in the United States, the FTSE Eurofirst 300 nonetheless gained 0.6 percent on the session to close at 1,520.04.

The oil sector was higher even though crude oil prices remained low. OMV added 0.5 percent to €39.38 despite a UBS target share price downgrade from €45 to €43. Repsol gained 0.7 percent to €25.40, while Neste Oil was 2.5 percent higher to €23.07. Even bigger gains were achieved by Norsk Hydro and Statoil, proposed merger partners. Norsk was up 3.2 percent to NKr188.25, while Statoil added 4 percent to NKr162.

In the aerospace sector, EADS gained 2.7 percent to €25.75 on the news that its Eurocopter unit had won a contract to build 37 helicopters for the French police. Engine makers for airplanes, however, were mixed. MTU Aero Engines added 3.2 percent to €37.16 as Deutsche Bank reiterated its “buy” recommendation on the German manufacturer. However, Deutsche Bank reduced its recommendation for French engine maker Safran from “hold” to “sell” on earnings issues. Safran dropped 1 percent, to €17.20.

Merck added 1.8 percent to €89.04 on a raised price target and reconfirmed “overweight” rating from Lehman Brothers. The German pharmaceuticals company, which offered last week for the 16 percent of Serono that it does not yet hold, added 1.8 percent to €89.04.

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