4:00 PM Frankfurt – Gtech agreed to acquire International Game Technology for $6.4 billion in cash. Husqvarna net climbed 48% to 975 million kronor. Meggitt surged on takeover bid for about £5 billion. Rio Tinto maintained production guidance. Tele2 profit surged 122% to 818 million kronor.
In London trading, FTSE 100 index gained 0.9% or 62.99 to 6,773.44 and in Frankfurt the DAX index jumped 1.2% or 113.80 to 9,833.21.
In Paris, CAC 40 index climbed 1.2% or 52.28 to 4,357.59.
climbed 3.7% to €19.12 after the Italy-based online gaming company agreed to buy U.S.-based International Game Technology Inc, casino equipment maker for $6.4 billion in cash, stock and assumed debt.
The deal consists of $4.7 billion in cash and stock as well as $1.7 billion in debt.
soared 6.4% to 54.80 kronor after the Sweden-based cutting and drilling products maker reported net sales in the second-quarter ending in June jumped 8% to 11.04 billion kronor from 10.23 billion kronor a year ago.
Net income in the quarter climbed 48% to 975 million kronor compared to 661 million kronor and earnings per share increased to 1.70 kronor from 1.15 kronor a year earlier.
surged 8.5% to 532 pence on report that the U.S.-based United Technologies Corp plans to launch a takeover bid for about £5 billion in cash or 625 pence per share.
Rio Tinto Plc
gained 2.9% to 3,338.50 pence after the U.K.-based miner reported iron ore production in the first-half climbed as 23% to 75.7 million tones after record iron ore results from the Pilbara mines.
The miner added production of steel-making ingredient jumped 11% to 73.1 million tons from a year earlier.
fell 0.4% to 86 kronor after the Sweden-based communication company said total net sales in the second-quarter ending in June fell 1% to 6.34 billion kronor from 6.42 billion kronor a year ago.
Net profit in the quarter surged 122% to 818 million kronor compared to 369 million kronor and earnings per share increased to 1.83 kronor from 0.82 kronor a year earlier.
In July 2014, Tele2 agreed to sell its Norwegian business to TeliaSonera for an enterprise value of 5.1 billion kronor.