Companies reporting earnings on Monday included U.K. homebuilder Bovis Homes and Nationwide.
Bovis said it expected to see a significant increase in 2014 profits, in line with forecasts, as it posted first-half results boosted by a record number of completions. The group said operating profit was up 150 percent in the period to 30 June 2014 compared to the same period last year. Shares in the group surged almost 5 percent.
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In other stocks news, Chugai Pharmaceutical Co shares rose 21 percent to a record high following a media report that Roche Holding AG is in talks to buy the almost 40 percent stake in the Japanese firm that it doesn't already own for about $10 billion.
Roche shares traded over 1 percent higher after the news.
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