European shares rise early, Astra surges on M&A talk
PARIS, April 22
PARIS, April 22 (Reuters) - European shares rose in early trade on Tuesday, adding to last week's rally, with AstraZeneca's stock surging on merger and acquisition talk.
Shares in the UK drugmaker jumped 7.8 percent after Britain's Sunday Times reported that U.S. pharmaceutical giant Pfizer has approached its British rival to propose a 60 billion pound ($101 billion) takeover.
Swiss drugmaker Novartis also gained ground, up 2.5 percent after unveiling plans to transform its business by exchanging certain assets with GlaxoSmithKline and divesting its animal health business to Eli Lilly in deals worth billions of dollars. GlaxoSmithKline's shares were up 4.2 percent.