June 8, 2020 / 7:32 AM / a month ago

European shares pull back from 3-month highs after rally

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June 8 (Reuters) - European shares retreated from three-month highs on Monday, as investors locked in some profits following a strong rally last week on hopes of a post-coronavirus recovery.

The pan-European STOXX 600 declined 0.8% by 0709 GMT, led lower by personal and household goods, healthcare and retail sectors.

The pull back came after U.S. tech-heavy Nasdaq breached its intraday record high on Friday and the STOXX 600 closed 14% below its all-time high as improving economic data and fresh stimulus measures lent weight to hopes that the worst is behind.

AstraZeneca slipped 1.8% after Bloomberg reported it had approached U.S. rival Gilead Sciences about a possible merger to form one the world’s largest drug companies.

German card payments company Wirecard dropped 4.1% after prosecutors opened proceedings against its entire management board as part of a market manipulation probe.

Oil majors Royal Dutch Shell, BP and Total rose between 0.5% and 3% as crude prices climbed after major producers agreed to extend a deal on record output cuts. (Reporting by Sruthi Shankar in Bengaluru; Editing by Arun Koyyur)

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