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Most German Stocks Gain; Benchmark DAX Heads for Weekly Advance

July 22, 2011

July 22 (Bloomberg) -- Most German stocks advanced, with the benchmark DAX Index heading for a weekly gain, after euro- area leaders announced a new aid package for Greece and measures to protect Spain and Italy from higher bond yields.

Adidas AG surged after Chief Executive Officer Herbert Hainer said the company will have “high single-digit” revenue growth in 2011. Software AG rose as Commerzbank AG recommended buying the stock.

The DAX fell 0.1 percent to 7,281.88 at 4:17 p.m. in Frankfurt,as three stocks rose for each that declined. The gauge has climbed 0.8 percent this week amid optimism that European officials will contain the region’s debt crisis. The measure has still slipped 3.3 percent since its high this year on May 2. The broader HDAX Index slipped 0.1 percent today.

“Markets have welcomed the long-expected new aid package for Greece,” said Anita Paluch, a sales trader at ETX Capital in London. “This latest decision to contain the 21-month long debt crisis that threatened to spread to Italy and Spain is however just one of many steps on the path of stability and further efforts are needed to improve the situation in the euro zone.”

After eight hours of talks in Brussels, the euro area’s leaders announced 159 billion euros ($229 billion) of new aid for Greece late yesterday. They also cajoled bondholders into footing part of the bill and empowered the European Union’s 440- billion euro rescue fund to buy the debt of stressed euro nations after a market rout last week sparked concern the crisis was spreading to Spain and Italy. The fund can also aid troubled banks and offer credit-lines to repel speculators.

Bond Guarantees

European Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet said the ECB may accept Greek collateral if the country defaults because euro-area states have agreed to provide guarantees. Trichet said heads of government had agreed to back as much as 35 billion euros of Greek bonds in refinancing operations.

Adidas, the world’s second-largest sporting-goods maker, jumped 3.1 percent to 54.78 euros, the biggest advance this month, as the company’s CEO rejected “rumors” of a slowdown in second-quarter sales.

“I heard this rumor and honestly don’t know where it’s coming from,” Hainer said in an interview in Buenos Aires. “We definitely confirm fully our guidance. We have said high single- digit revenue growth, net income growth of 10 to 15 percent and you have seen that our first-quarter confirms this already.”

Deutsche Bank raised its recommendation on the stock to “buy” from “hold.”

Software AG gained 0.6 percent to 34.46 euros after Commerzbank upgraded the shares to “buy” from “add.”

Lufthansa Rises

Deutsche Lufthansa AG, Europe’s second-largest airline, advanced 0.6 percent to 14.54 euros. EasyJet Plc said annual profit will beat analyst estimates after the discount carrier boosted fares by luring 20 percent more business flyers in the third quarter.

A report today showed that German business confidence declined to the lowest level in nine months in July as the European debt crisis and weakening global demand damped the economic outlook.

The Ifo institute’s business climate index, based on a survey of 7,000 executives, dropped to 112.9 from 114.5 in June. That compared with the median forecast of 42 economists in a Bloomberg News survey for a reading of 113.7.

--Editor: Andrew Rummer

To contact the reporter on this story: Julie Cruz in Frankfurt at jcruz6@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Andrew Rummer at arummer@bloomberg.net


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