Europe Movers: Holcim, Legal & General,, Metropole, Sika

  • Oct 4, 2022
  • Bridgette Randall
  • Holcim completed its second acquisition in as many weeks as the company shifts its business mix and focus. Group commenced negotiations with potential suitors. RTL dropped its plan to sell a controlling stake in Metropole.

    European markets accelerated gains following the surge in New York and bond yields eased. 

    Investors increased exposure to stocks after bond yield eased across the euro zone and mood improved after the U.S. job openings fell in August, easing the pressure on the Fed to lift rates faster. 

    In addition, the natural gas prices eased in Europe trading and dropped to a ten-week low. 

    Brent crude oil price in London rose 3.2% to $91.62 a barrel and TTF natural gas prices declined 6.4% to 159 euros a megawatt hour. 

    The DAX index increased 3.5% to 12,630.29, the CAC-40 index soared 3.9% to 6,022.79 and the FTSE 100 index gained 2.5% to 7,080.90. 

    The euro rebounded and moved further away from a 20-year low to 99 U.S. cents and the British pound jumped to $1.148. 

    The yield on 10-year German government bonds eased to 1.875% and British Gilts dropped to 3.868%. 

    The Italian 10-year bond yields also improved to 4.2% from the 10-year high of 4.5% in the end of September.  

    In stock trading, stocks surged across all industrial sectors and travel and travel sector led the gainers. 


    Stock Movers 

    Holcim AG increased 3.9% to 42.84 Swiss francs after the cement building materials maker said it has completed the purchase of Polymers Sealants of North America, a division of Illinois Tool works Inc. 

    PSNA is expected to have 2022 revenues of $100 million. 

    Last week, Holcim completed the acquisition of Belgium-based   Cantillana, a specialty building solutions provider with an estimated 2022 revenue of 80 million euros.

    Legal & General Group Plc added 5.3% to 233.68 pence after the financial services provider reassured investors about the financial health of the company. Group Plc soared 39.8% to 4.74 pence after the troubled online furniture retailer " has now entered in to non-disclosure agreements and begun discussions with a number of interested parties regarding the sale of the Group."

    The company also said in a regulatory filing that the management plan implementation is estimated to require "£45 million to £70 million over the course of the next 18 months."

    Metropole Television SA plunged 10.8% to 11.10 euros after RTL Group controlled by Bertelsmann dropped its plan to sell a controlling stake in the company. 

    Sika AG gained 6.1% to 21.420 Swiss francs after the chemical maker said 2022 sales and operating earnings (EBIT) in local currencies are expected to rise 15%.   

    The company also confirmed it is on track to complete its acquisition of MBCC Group and has received unconditional approvals in South Africa, China, Brazil, Japan, Thailand, Turkey and Saudi Arabia.