The Netherlands’ exchange traded fund (ETF) could see increased activity as the country’s largest companies continue to expand globally. Currently, the iShares MSCI Netherlands Index (EWN) is up 12.9% and is above its long-term trend line. ABN AMRO, the country’s largest bank and EWN’s largest holding at 16.5%, could soon be under foreign control. The country’s Prime Minister Wouter Bos already has given approval for an $82 billion takeover offer for ABN by Barclays and is scheduled to decide on a rival bid by the Royal Bank of Scotland within the next couple of weeks, according to Gilbert Kreijger for Reuters.

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