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Europe Markets: European stocks on track for seventh month of gains; Arkema, Prosus rise after deals

European stocks advanced on Tuesday, as they look to record a seventh straight month of gains.

In midday trade, the Stoxx Europe 600
SXXP,
-0.40%

rose 0.2% to 473.75, taking August gains to over 2%. The index has gained 20% since closing lower for January.

Of the major regional indexes, the German DAX
DAX,
-0.16%

rose 0.6%, the French CAC 40
PX1,
-0.34%

increased 0.2%, while the U.K. FTSE 100
UKX,
-0.65%

declined 0.2%.

The biggest Stoxx 600 gainer was Arkema
AKE,
+4.45%
,
which rose 6% after the French chemicals company agreed to buy the performance adhesives business of Ashland Global Holdings
ASH,
+0.07%

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.

Prosus
PRX,
+4.77%

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
700,
+3.31%
,
in which it has a 29% stake.

The biggest Stoxx 600 faller was International Consolidated Airlines Group
IAG,
-3.77%
,
which fell 3% as the European Union voted to reimpose limitations on U.S. travel to the Continent.

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