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* Carrefour erases merger-related gains
* Stellantis jumps in its first day of trading
* Luxury stocks boost markets
(Updates to market close)
By Sruthi Shankar
Jan 18 (Reuters) - European stocks rose on Monday as a jump in carmaker Stellantis and luxury stocks helped reverse early market losses due to worries about an economic recovery and losses in French grocer Carrefour.
The pan-European STOXX 600 index .STOXX closed 0.2% higher after see-sawing through the session. Trading globally was subdued with U.S. markets closed for Martin Luther King Day.
Luxury stocks including Richemont CFR.S and LVMH LVMH.PA were among the top boosts to the STOXX 600 after bullish brokerage calls. bourses took little cheer from data showing a better-than-expected quarterly rebound in China's economy as investors feared that tight coronavirus restrictions and potential challenges to vaccine supplies could dent European economic growth in the first quarter. how far stocks have come since the end of October some hesitancy about the next steps is understandable – much of the good news that may be imparted by earnings season has already been factored in," Chris Beauchamp, chief market analyst at IG, said in a note.
European earnings season will kick into high gear in the coming weeks, with analysts predicting a 26.3% drop in fourth-quarter profit for companies listed on the STOXX 600, as per Refinitiv I/B/E/S estimates.
Investors also kept an eye on political developments in Rome as Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte faces two days of parliamentary votes that will decide if his fragile coalition can cling to power. is especially focused on the 321-seat Senate, where Conte looks certain to fall short of an absolute majority. Italian stocks .FTMIB outperformed as shares in Stellantis STLA.PA STLA.MI jumped 7.6% in their first day of trading on the completion of the $52 billion merger between Fiat Chrysler and PSA. Its shares rose 6.9% in Paris markets. also drove big swings in stocks.
Carrefour CARR.PA slid 6.9% after a possible takeover for 16.2 billion euro ($19.6 billion) by Canadian rival Alimentation Couche-Tard ATDb.TO unravelled over the weekend. stock erased almost all its gains since the deal was announced last week, with the French government opposing the deal, citing food security concerns. waste and water management company Suez SEVI.PA , which is fighting a takeover approach from arch-rival Veolia VIE.PA , rose 3.2% after it said it had received an alternative proposal from investment firms Ardian and Global Infrastructure Partners. in Veolia fell 1.8%.
Finland's Tikkurila TIK1V.HE surged 16.5% after Dutch paints and coatings maker Akzo Nobel AKZO.AS entered the race to buy its rival with an offer 13% higher than a bid from U.S. rival PPG Industries PPG.N .
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