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Finnish people hold the most shares among people of the Nordic region but Swedish company tops Euro power punch

Friday, 13 January 2012
Finnish private investors have the biggest stock portfolios in the Nordic countries, according to online investment portal Nordnet.

The company’s latest study compares saving habits and trades in the Nordics in the final quarter of 2011.
Finns tend to favour investment targets close to home, mostly purchasing shares in Finnish companies.

Swedes are currently more risk adverse than Finns and are also choosing to borrow less money than their neighbours. Norwegians meanwhile lead the pack in borrowing


In Denmark, small-time traders are looking outside of the region for investment targets. That said, Danes hold more foreign shares than their Nordic counterparts.

In related development, when the hottest shares in the European trading ports are ranked according to value, several Swedish companies find themselves in the very top. Worst of the ranking are southern European banks.

The Wallenberg family owned company, Investor was absolutely ranked top marks from analysts among European companies in the index EuroStoxx 600, according a summary from Bloomberg news.

Depending on the recommendation, share are rating from 1 to 5, where 1 is sales - sales and 5 is strong buy - buy. Investor's top score is thus 5.0. To get on the list requires a recommendation from at least four analysts.
Europe's hottest companies:    
Rank: Company: Activities: Country: Rating:
1 Investor Investment Sweden 5
2 Valeo Vehicles France 4.824
3 Amadeus IT Spain 4.815
4 Schibsted Media Norway 4.765
5 Teleperformance Communications France 4.75
6 Rio Tinto Mines UK 4.719
7 Exor Investment Italy 4.714
8 Kinnevik Investment Sweden 4.7
9 Spectris Technology UK 4.684
10 BG Group Oil / gas UK 4.667
Source: Bloomberg Europe Stoxx 600  
Analysts' average price tag for Investor is Skr150.40.  Its Shares traded on Friday to Skr135.70.

Some other Swedish firms with good recommendation are another Swedish family owned company, the Stenbeck family owned Controlled Kinnevik, which also has a clear buy recommendations. The forest company Stora Enso will receive a similar rating, and also included the favourites of the professionals.

At the bottom though are a couple of the Stockholm Stock Exchange company. Worst ratings of Swedish companies are among others security company Securitas, with a preponderance of sell recommendations and an average rating of 2.5. Also private equity company Ratos is in trouble, with the mediocre score 2.8.
Europe's poorly performing  companies:    
 Rank Company: Activities: Country: Rating:
1 SGL Carbon Carbon Germany 1.6
2 Banco Sabadell Bank Spain 1.621
3 Bankinter Bank Spain 1.828
4 Hermes Fashion France 1.842
5 Banco Popular Bank Spain 1.879
6 Banca Pop Milano Bank Italy 2
7 Home Retail Group Retail UK 2.115
8 Peugeot Vehicles France 2.176
9 Carrefour Retail France 2.205
10 Bankia Bank Spain 2.294
Source: Bloomberg Europe Stoxx 600   
Many Spanish and Italian banks are having more or less sell recommendations from analysts.
By Scancomark.se Team

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