By Carla Mozee, MarketWatch
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LONDON (MarketWatch) — The pan-European Stoxx Europe 600 /zigman2/quotes/210599654/delayed XX:SXXP +0.59% fell 0.2% Monday, turning lower as investors appeared to back away from bargain hunting in the wake of the market’s nearly 3% slide last week.
HSBC Holdings PLC /zigman2/quotes/203901799/delayed UK:HSBA +0.31% shares gained 0.9% after the banking sector heavyweight reported a drop in first-half net profit but offered positive comments about prospects for key Chinese and U.K. markets.
Intertek Group PLC /zigman2/quotes/209087067/delayed UK:ITRK +1.40% shares bounced 6.8% higher as the safety and testing products company raised its increased interim dividend by 7% to 16 pence a share, from the year-earlier period.
AXA SA /zigman2/quotes/202169431/delayed FR:CS +0.73% rose 2.4% as Bank of America-Merrill Lynch upgraded the French insurer to buy from neutral. Following significant year-to-date share-price underperformance, better-than-expected first-half financial results, “and encouraging signals from management on strategy, we think now is the right time to become more constructive on the shares,” wrote analyst Blair Stewart.
Banco Comercial Português SA /zigman2/quotes/209833184/delayed PT:BCP +2.76% picked up 6.1% after Portugal’s central bank late Sunday unveiled a plan to rescue troubled lender Banco Espírito Santo .
Iliad SA /zigman2/quotes/204711776/delayed FR:ILD -2.08% fell 1%, extending Friday’s 7% drop after the French cellphone company made a $15 billion offer to buy a stake in T-Mobile US /zigman2/quotes/204659678/composite TMUS +0.46% .