European shares near eight-month highs

LONDON, Dhu-AlHijjah 07, 1437, September 08, 2016, SPA — European stock markets gained ground on Thursday, leaving a leading index near eight-month highs, with software company Micro Focus surging after a deal with Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Reuters reported.
The pan-European STOXX 600 index was up 0.2 percent, near its highest level in eight months.
Micro Focus rose around 20 percent, the best-performing stock on the STOXX 600 index, after sealing an $8.8 billion deal for Hewlett Packard Enterprise to merge its non-core software assets with Micro Focus’s business.
However, Rocket Internet fell 5 percent after the German e-commerce investment company cut the valuation of its Home24 online furniture business.
he STOXX 600 index is down around 4 percent so far in 2016, although it has rallied over the last two months from lows reached back in June after Britain’s shock ‘Brexit’ vote to quit the European Union.
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