UPDATE 2-Bekaert 2009 profit beats forecast on Europe gains


* Recurring operating profit 257 mln euros, vs forecast 207m * Consolidated sales 2.437 bln euros, vs forecast 2.433 bln * Dividend up 5 percent to 2.94 euros * Sees opportunities in emerging markets * Shares up 8 percent, highest since September 2008 (Recasts, adds analyst comment, share price) By Ben Deighton BRUSSELS, Feb 26 (Reuters) - Belgian steel cable maker Bekaert beat 2009 profit expectations thanks to its European operations, and said it would invest further in ...

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