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Eurofirst up 1.9 percent on week


by Elaine Frei
September 29, 2006

The FTSE Eurofirst 300 added 1.9 percent during the week to close at 1,396.45 on Friday, driven largely by activity among Spanish stocks. The activity made Spain’s IBEX-35 index the top performer in Europe over the week with a 4.4 percent gain to 12,934.7. The IBEX was as high as 13,001.6 at one point on Friday.

In the utilities sector, Endsea added 14.4 percent over the week to close at €33.55 on the news that Acciona had purchased a 10 percent stake in the utility and was thinking of buying more. This move was seen as a potential deal-breaker for the proposed Endsea/Eon merger. Eon, the German utility, reacted by raising its bid by 38 percent, but that sent it to a loss of 2.7 percent on the week to €93.48 as investors feared a bidding war. Acciona, on the other hand, was 5.9 percent higher on the week to €120.

Meanwhile, Iberdrola added 9.4 percent over the week to €35.30 after construction group ACS said that it had become the largest shareholder in the power generator with a 10 percent stake. Dresdner Kleinwort said that the purchase by ACS could protect Iberdrola from foreign takeover attempts. It was also seen as a step toward a merger between Iberdrola and Union Fenosa. The activity sent Union Fenosa 0.3 percent higher to €40.28, while ACS added 2.9 percent to €37.40.

Also in Spain, this time in the construction sector, Sacyr Vallehermoso gained 13 percent during the week to €35.85, largely on speculation that it would be a bids target. The rumors had ACS as a possible bidder, but most analysts dismissed the talk.



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