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Market Cap £36.22bn
Enterprise Value £39.44bn
Revenue £8.63bn
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UPDATE 2-European stocks muted as new lockdown outweighs strong business activity data

Wed 24th March, 2021 9:52am
(For a Reuters live blog on U.S., UK and European stock
markets, click LIVE/ or type LIVE/ in a news window)
    * EU records strong flash PMIs, consumer confidence improves
    * EU to extend vaccine export curbs
    * Chip stocks jump on Intel's spending plan

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    By Sruthi Shankar and Shreyashi Sanyal
    March 24 (Reuters) - European stocks were subdued on
Wednesday, as concerns about new lockdown measures overshadowed
a surprise return to economic growth for the euro zone in March.
    After falling as much as 0.7% in earlier in the day, the
pan-European STOXX 600 index  .STOXX  ended flat.
    Euro zone stocks  .STOXXE  also cut losses after IHS
Markit's flash composite PMI, seen as a good guide to economic
health, bounced above the 50 mark, separating growth from
contraction, to 52.5 this month compared with February's 48.8.*:nL8N2LL3TD
    While the data gave investors some relief, a third wave of
coronavirus infections and renewed lockdown measures in Europe,
as well as a slow vaccine roll-out are likely to weigh on the
final reading of the survey and April's numbers.
    "We believe this is a pause, not the end of the equity rally
yet," said Michele Morganti, an equity strategist at Generali
Insurance Asset Management. 
    "COVID management is a bumpy road. We nevertheless think
that recovery will be quite strong in the second half of the
    Another piece of data showed a flash estimate of euro zone
consumer morale improved to -10.8 this month from -14.8 in
    "The sharp increase in euro zone consumer confidence in
March came as a big surprise given tighter restrictions across
the bloc and ongoing difficulties with the AstraZeneca vaccine,"
said Melanie Debono, Europe economist at Capital Economics.
    The European stocks benchmark has pulled away from a
one-year peak hit last week after major economies like Germany
and France imposed new lockdowns.
    Meanwhile, the European Union is set to extend COVID-19
vaccine export curbs to Britain and other areas with much higher
vaccination rates, and to cover instances of companies
backloading contracted supplies, EU officials said.*:nL1N2LL1RS
    Among individual stocks, Italian defence and aerospace group
Leonardo  LDOF.MI  fell -6.1% after it postponed the initial
public offering of its U.S. electronics unit DRS  DRS.N*:nL8N2LM1OK 
    Commerzbank  CBKG.DE  rose 1.6% even as Germany's No. 2
lender said it expects a net loss for 2021.*:nL8N2LM1Z1
    Big gains for chipmakers helped limit market losses.
    Shares in ASM International  ASMI.AS , ASML  ASML.AS  and
Infineon Technologies  IFXGn.DE , were up between 0.3% and 5.2%
after U.S. firm Intel Corp  INTC.O  announced a $20 billion plan
to expand its advanced chip manufacturing capacity.*:nL1N2LM038
    French supermarket retailer Carrefour  CARR.PA  rose 2.3%
after saying it had agreed to buy Brazil's third biggest food
retailer Grupo BIG in a deal that values it at $1.3 billion.*:nL1N2LM0BG

 (Reporting by Sruthi Shankar and Shreyashi Sanyal in Bengaluru;
Editing by Arun Koyyur)
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