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Lanxess AG shares rose the most in more than a year Monday after Warren Buffett's General Reinsurance AG group said it had acquired a stake in the German chemicals company.

The 3% holding, which was disclosed in a filing to the German stock exchange, makes General Re one of the company's five-biggest shareholders, according to FactSet data, along with Allianz Global Investors, Templeton Investment Counsel and Norway's sovereign wealth fund.

Lanxess shares surged more than 8.6% in Frankfurt trading Monday, the biggest single-day jump since October 2015, to close at €68.45 each and value the company at €6.3 billion ($7 billion).

Lanxess posted a 25% increase in both sales and operating profit in the first quarter of this year, according to the company's most recent filings, and closed a $2.7 billion takeover of Philadelphia-based Chemtura Inc. last month. 

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