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M&A frenzy, earnings power European stocks to new highs
Published at 02/08/2021 at 08:33

(For a Reuters live blog on U.S., UK and European stock markets, click LIVE/ or type LIVE/ in a news window)

Aug 2 (Reuters) - European stocks scaled fresh peaks on Monday following a clutch of deals and strong results from Europe's biggest bank HSBC, while sentiment was also supported by a rebound in Asian stocks.

The pan-European STOXX 600 index rose 0.8% to hit an all-time high of 465 points in early trading.

British aero-engineer Meggitt soared 59.7% to record a life high after U.S. industrial firm Parker-Hannifin

said it would buy UK rival in a deal that values it at 6.3 billion pounds ($8.76 billion).

UK's midcap index jumped 1.5%, while the blue-chip index added 1.0%.

Asia-focussed lender HSBC gained 1.4% after it beat forecasts for first-half pretax profit and reinstated dividend payments.

French insurer Axa was up 3.6% after it posted a 180% surge in first-half net income, while bigger rival Allianz

fell 2.6% after U.S. regulators started a probe relating to Allianz Global Investors' Structured Alpha Funds.

(Reporting by Sruthi Shankar in Bengaluru; Editing by Sriraj Kalluvila)

((sruthi.shankar@thomsonreuters.com; within U.S. +1 646 223 8780; outside U.S. +91 80 6182 2787;))