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European Stocks to Watch: Weir Group

Shares in Weir Group spiked 10.7% Thursday as the British engineering equipment maker announced it agreed to acquire Texas company SPM Flow Control for $653 million in cash, and also said there would be significant benefits from the alliance.

The acquisition comes during a period of strong demand for oil and gas exploration and production equipment, which Weir said in a statement is due to higher energy prices.

The $653 million will be funded by a combination of new and existing loans and cash already on the balance sheet. Weir didn't specify the ratio of debt to cash.

Keller Group (Up 3.6%) The international ground engineering specialist gained on an upbeat half-year trading statement, in which it highlighted "continued strong sales and an improvement in margins" for the period.

EDF (Up 3.4%) Shares of French power group topped the CAC-40 on news UBS and Societe Generale raised their price targets for the company's stock. EDF is expected to continue outperforming the sector, UBS told Reuters.

Biffa (Down 3%) Morgan Stanley placed 22.8 million shares of the U.K. waste disposal firm at 280 to 285 pence per share, traders told Reuters.

Colruyt (Up 0.2%) The Belgian holding company topped the BEL20 Index. KBC Securities expected the company to report excellent full-year results, Dow Jones reported.

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