European Stocks Rise

Asian stocks post small gains

European stock markets finished higher on Monday. London's FTSE 100 index was up 20 points, or 0.4%, to 5,050.4, a four-month high, with help from some takeover deals. Among stocks on the move, Hanson was higher after a 6.25 billion euro unsolicited bid for Germany's HeidelbergCement AG raised the prospect the British company may become a takeover target. Royal & Sun, a potential target of Corvus Capital, was higher. Daniel Stewart Securities rose after reporting its full-year profit more than doubled.

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