PARIS May 12 European shares rose in early
trade on Monday, with France's Alstom rallying after
Germany said it would support a tie-up with Siemens.
At 0708 GMT, the FTSEurofirst 300 index of top
European shares was up 0.2 percent at 1,357.98 points.
Shares in Alstom - which is reviewing a bid by U.S. giant
General Electric for its energy activities - were up 2.1
percent after German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Saturday
that the German government would support a tie-up between
Siemens and Alstom if the companies decided that it made sense.
Miners were also on the rise, climbing along with metal
prices, with Rio Tinto up 2.5 percent and BHP Billiton
up 1.5 percent.
The market's gains were seen as being limited, however, by
tensions in Ukraine following Sunday's referendum in eastern
About 40 European blue-chips derive more than 5 percent of
their revenues from the Russian market, including Austria's
Raiffeisen Bank and Finnish tyre maker Nokian Renkaat
, which respectively generate 26 percent and 21
percent of their revenues in Russia, according to data from
(Reporting by Blaise Robinson; Editing by Sudip Kar-Gupta)