European shares near eight-month highs as Micro Focus surges
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* STOXX 600 near eight-month highs
* Micro Focus surges after Hewlett Packard deal
* Rocket Internet shares fall after cutting Home24 valuation
LONDON, Sept 8 (Reuters) - European stock markets gained ground on Thursday, leaving a leading index near eight-month highs, with software company Micro Focus surging after a deal with Hewlett Packard Enterprise.
The pan-European STOXX 600 index was up 0.2 percent, near its highest level in eight months.
Micro Focus rose around 20 percent, the best-performing stock on the STOXX 600 index, after sealing an $8.8 billion deal for Hewlett Packard Enterprise to merge its non-core software assets with Micro Focus's business.
However, Rocket Internet fell 5 percent after the German e-commerce investment company cut the valuation of its Home24 online furniture business.
Many investors were also focusing on a European Central Bank meeting later in the day. Continuación...