4:00 PM Frankfurt – Alpha Pyrenees net loss widened to £10 million. BHP Billiton plans to spin off non-core assets to simplify the portfolio. Carillion dropped after Balfour Beatty again rejected second merger proposal. H & M Hennes sales in July soared 17%.
In London trading, FTSE 100 index increased 0.8% or 50.84 to 6,736.10 and in Frankfurt the DAX index gained 0.6% or 56.79 to 9,281.89.
In Paris, CAC 40 index jumped 0.9% or 38.66 to 4,244.09.
Alpha Pyrenees Trust Limited
plunged 19.4% to 3.22 pence after the U.K.-based investment company said revenue in the first-half ending in June declined to £7 million from £8.09 million pounds a year ago period.
Net loss in the period widened from a year ago to £10 million compared to £2.67 million and diluted loss per share swung to 1.3 pence from earnings per share of 0.2 pence.
BHP Billiton Plc
jumped 2.2% to 2,069.50 pence after the U.K.-based mining company plans to spin-off its non-core assets to simplify the portfolio of assets collected over a decade.
The company announcements did not spell out details but investors set expectations of more announcements at the time of earnings release next week.
dropped 2.6% to 337.60 pence after the construction company Balfour Beatty Plc rejected second merger proposal from the company.
Deutsche Lufthansa AG
increased 1.9% to €12.92 on speculation that the surcharge on air travel may be revoked by the German government for the purchase of fuel efficient aircrafts.
H & M Hennes & Mauritz AB
gained 1.5% to 292.30 kronor after the Sweden-based clothing retailer reported sales in July soared 17% compared to a year ago month.
The fashion retailer said August sales and revenues for the third-quarter will be released on September 15 and results for the nine-month will be released on September 25.