4:00 PM Frankfurt – Legal & General profit and revenues surged. Munich Re net plunged 25%. Randstad agreed to acquire Monster Worldwide for $429 million. Standard Life net tumbled 81% but revenues jumped 36%. Worldpay net surged on 10% jump in revenues.
European markets extended gains on the back of heavier than normal trading in oil and commodities markets.
In London trading, FTSE 100 index gained 45.77 or 0.7% to 6,854.90 and in Frankfurt the DAX index advanced 260.96 or 2.5% to 10,692.87.
In Paris, CAC 40 index jumped 52.22 or 1.2% to 4,467.78.
Legal & General Group Plc
plunged 5.5% to 206.10 pence after the U.K.-based investment and insurance services provider said gross written premiums in the first-half ending in June surged 73.2% from a year ago to £5.5 billion.
Net income in the period jumped 23.9% from a year ago to £668 million compared to £539 million and diluted earnings per share advanced 11.23 pence from 9.05 pence.
soared 8.2% to €160.40 after the Germany-based reinsurance services provider reported gross written premiums in the first-quarter ending in June declined 4.2% from a year ago to €24.44 billion.
Net profit in the period plunged 24.5% from a year ago to €1.40 billion compared to the €1.86 billion and diluted earnings per share slumped to €8.69 from €11.12.
Randstad Holding NV
gained 0.8% to €39.78 after the Netherlands-based staffing services provider agreed to acquire online placement services provider Monster Worldwide Inc for $3.40 per share in cash, or about $429 million.
The transaction is expected to close in the fourth-quarter of 2016.
Standard Life Plc
surged 6.9% to 340.50 pence after the U.K.-based investment services provider said total revenues in the first-half ending in June jumped 35.8% from a year ago to £7.70 billion.
Net income in the period tumbled 81.3% from a year ago to £226 million compared to £1.21 billion and diluted earnings per share dropped 11.4 pence from 56.6 pence.
Worldpay Group Plc
jumped 3% to 310.50 pence after the U.K.-based payments services provider said net revenues in the first-half ending in June soared 10% from a year ago to £2.1 billion.
Net income in the period surged from a year ago to £58.6 million compared to £3.1 million and diluted earnings per share increased 2.9 pence from 0.2 pence.