Europe Markets: Richemont rallies on report Loeb’s Third Point has built stake


Compagnie Financiere Richemont surged as much as 5% on Monday after a report the activist investor Dan Loeb built a stake in the watch maker.

Richemont CFR, +3.41% gained after the luxury news website Miss Tweed reported that Loeb’s Third Point is engaging with the company. The report said Third Point and another unnamed hedge fund are putting pressure on Johann Rupert, Richemont’s chairman, to make moves to boost its stock.

Richemont shares have surged 57% this year. Loeb has another European target, Royal Dutch Shell RDSB, +1.82%, is its sights, as he’s seeking to break up the energy conglomerate.

Broader European markets were little moved in early action.

The Stoxx Europe 600 SXXP, -0.03% fell 0.1% to 483.15, as U.S. stock futures ES00, +0.03% also drifted lower. Tesla TSLA, -0.64% shares are expected to drag on major U.S. indexes after CEO Elon Musk planned to sell a 10% stake.

Bouygues EN, -4.61% shares dropped 4% after reaching a €7.1 billion deal to buy technical services firm Equans from Engie NHOA, .

Henkel HEN3, -5.52% shares dropped 5% as the consumer products group guided its full-year earnings outlook to the lower end of its range, citing the “extremely tense situation” on raw materials and disruptions in global supply chains.

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