* STOXX 600 up 0.2 pct,
* Miners lead sectoral gainers on stronger copper prices
* German drugmaker Stada soars after takeover offers
* Defence firm Saab falls as profit, dividend disappoints
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By Danilo Masoni
MILAN, Feb 13 European shares rose for a fifth
consecutive session on Monday with mining stocks touching their
highest in 2-1/2-years on stronger copper prices and with
takeover offers sending German drugmaker Stada to a
The STOXX 600 rose 0.2 percent, just a touch below
its January peak when the pan-European index hit its highest
level since end-2015. UK's FTSE was up 0.1 percent.
The Basic Resources index rose as much as 2.4
percent before reducing its gains to around 1.8 percent. It led
sectoral gainers in Europe as copper prices hit their highest in
20 months in heavy trade, driven up by supply worries after
shipments were shut off from the world's two biggest copper
More than 300 people wearing hoods vandalised property at
the world's largest copper mine at the weekend and forced
contract workers to stop work during an ongoing strike at BHP
Billiton's Escondida in Chile.
"This strike is unlikely to be resolved quickly," analysts
at Jefferies said in a note.
Shares in BHP added 1.4 percent, while other mining
heavyweights Rio Tinto and Anglo American rose
0.9 and 1.7 percent respectively.
Still in the sector Swedish mining and smelting firm Boliden
surged 2.5 percent, buoyed by broker upgrades following
stronger than expected results last week.
Elsewhere activity was driven by more merger and acquisition
news after German drugmaker Stada said it had received two
offers for the acquisition of the company, one of which is
private equity group Cinven Partners LLP.
Stada rose 13.4 percent, leading gainers on the STOXX 600
index and topping the 56 euros per share offered by Cinven.
"Disposal of the company now looks almost certain," Natixis
analyst Philippe Lanone wrote in a note, adding that the price
offered by Cinven could be overshot.
Osram rose after the lighting group received U.S.
approval for the 400 million euro sale of its LEDvance lamps
unit to a consortium of Chinese bidders.
Top loser in Europe was Swedish defence firm Saab AB
. Its shares fell 2.4 percent after its quarterly
operating profit and its dividend proposal fell short of
(Editing by Jeremy Gaunt.)