By Corrie Driebusch
International companies trading in New York closed slightly higher Monday, as European bank stocks rebounded on hopes that European officials will find a way to backstop the euro zone's troubled financial sector.
The Bank of New York index of ADRs edged up 0.4% to 110.08.
Shares of Spain's Banco Santander SA (STD, SAN.MC) rose 5.6% to $6.03, while Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria SA (BBVA, BBVA.MC) jumped 5.6% to $5.63.
French banks BNP Paribas SA (BNPQY, BNP.FR) and Societe Generale SA (SCGLY, GLE.FR) rose 4.5% to $16.78 and 5.1% to $4.09, respectively.
The European index rose 0.6% to 101.55.
AXA Private Equity said Monday it sold a 21% stake in public transport operator Keolis SA that it controlled with private equity firm Pragma Capital to French rail operator SNCF. The transaction details weren't disclosed, but shares of AXA Private Equity's parent, AXA SA (AXAHY, CS.FR), climbed 2.7% to $11.26.
The Asian index added 0.1% to 108.99.
Gushan Environmental (GU) agreed to a "going private" transaction with Trillion Energy Holdings, Trillion Energy Investment Holdings and Jianqiu Yu, the company's chairman. The offer of $1.62 per share is a 78% premium to the stock's Friday close. Shares of Gushan surged 46% to $1.33.
China Southern Airlines Co.'s (ZNH, K3TD.SG, 600029.SH, 1055.HK) state-owned parent, China Southern Air Holding Co., is considering injecting capital into the carrier in a bid to reduce its debt, the country's largest airline by fleet size said Monday. Shares of the airline rose 1.2% to $22.09.
The Latin American index gained 0.2% to 298.37, and the emerging markets index edged up 0.1% to 254.16.
A recent strike by workers building Brazil's controversial Belo Monte dam has added to delays caused by a long licensing process, but shouldn't lead to significant cost or time overruns, the dam's director of construction said Monday. According to Norte Energia SA, the group responsible for the construction and operation of the dam, the dam will cost 25.8 billion Brazilian reais ($12.6 billion) to build. Its biggest stakeholder is state-run utility Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras (EBR, ELET6.BR), whose shares gained 1.1% to $6.38.
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(END) Dow Jones Newswires
June 04, 2012 17:22 ET (21:22 GMT)
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