European stocks advanced on Tuesday, as they look to record a seventh straight month of gains.
In midday trade, the Stoxx Europe 600
rose 0.2% to 473.75, taking August gains to over 2%. The index has gained 20% since closing lower for January.
The biggest Stoxx 600 gainer was Arkema
which rose 6% after the French chemicals company agreed to buy the performance adhesives business of Ashland Global Holdings
for $1.65 billion. Arkema says the deal will boost earnings from the first year of integration and will boost its profit margin for 2024.
was also up, with the technology investor rising 5% after its deal to buy India’s BillDesk for $4.7 billion. Prosus was also buoyed by a 3% rise in Tencent
in which it has a 29% stake.
The biggest Stoxx 600 faller was International Consolidated Airlines Group
which fell 3% as the European Union voted to reimpose limitations on U.S. travel to the Continent.