Europe shares rise as FedEx/TNT bid strengthens M&A fervor
PARIS, April 7 (Reuters) - European shares rose in early trading on Tuesday, as FedEx's 4.4 billion euro ($4.81 billion) bid for Dutch package delivery firm TNT Express sparked a rally in the shares of other courier companies.
TNT stock jumped 31 percent, while PostNL surged 16 percent. Royal Mail added 1.7 percent and Kuehne & Nagel gained 1.5 percent.
Signs that corporate takeover activity was on the rise were also highlighted by French media group Vivendi's offer to buy Orange's video-sharing website Dailymotion.
At 0709 GMT, the FTSEurofirst 300 index of top European shares was up 0.6 percent at 1,596.88 points, tracking a rally on Wall Street after Friday's surprisingly weak U.S. jobs data fuelled expectations the Federal Reserve could hold off longer on raising interest rates.
($1 = 0.9157 euros) (Reporting by Blaise Robinson; Editing by Sudip Kar-Gupta)
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