A private-equity battle for a U.K. supermarket chain highlighted an otherwise quiet day in European stocks on Monday, with the key U.S. market shut for a holiday.
Wm Morrison Supermarkets
rose 11% to 267 pence after Apollo Global Management said it was considering a counterbid for the U.K. chain, following an agreed £6.3 billion ($8.7 billion), or 254 pence per share, bid from a consortium led by Fortress Investment Group. Clayton, Dubilier & Rice previously made an offer for the country’s number-four supermarket chain.
Électricité de France
shares slumped, after France’s finance minister, Bruno Le Maire, said it would be difficult for the country to agree to the European Commission’s requests on a reorganization of the power generator.
which are trading electronically, also edged lower.
The S&P 500
ended nearly 2% higher last week, and settled at a record high for the 36th time of the year following news that the U.S. economy added 850,000 jobs but the unemployment rate ticked higher.