LONDON ( The Deal) -- European stock indices rose on Monday, pulled higher by energy stocks as oil prices rose.
In London, the FTSE 100 was up 0.75% at 6,594.10. In Frankfurt, the DAX climbed 0.66% to 9,851.58 and in Paris the CAC 40 gained 0.77% to 4,274.12.
In a quiet day for economic news, the European focus will be on a eurozone consumer confidence index for December emanating from the European Commission's statistics arm, with analysts looking for an improvement from November's reading. That report will be out at 10 a.m. EST.
In London, Nigerian-focused oil explorer Afren (AFRNY) was up almost 16% after it confirmed it had received a "highly preliminary approach" about a takeover offer from Nigeria's Seplat Petroleum Development Co.
Home-improvement retailer Kingfisher (KGFHY) was up almost 3% after arranging to sell a controlling stake in B&Q China to Wumei Holdings for 140 million pounds ($210 million).
In Amsterdam, Delta Lloyd (DLLLY) fell after the company said the Netherlands' central bank has fined it and asked it to dismiss its CFO by Jan. 1, 2016, over an interest rate risk hedging decision. The insurer said it believes "these measures are based on incorrect assumptions and considers them disproportionate."
Oil producer OAO Rosneft (RNFTF) rose sharply In Moscow and London after it said it had repaid $7 billion in debt related to its purchase of TNK-BP last year and doesn't need to tap currency markets to meet its debt obligations because it generates enough foreign currency earnings.
In Paris, paper maker and distribute Sequana rose after the company said it had sold its U.S. coated business, which accounted for 250 million euros ($306.5 million) of sales, to Virtus Holding.
In Hong Kong, the Hang Seng closed up 1.26% at 23,408.57. The Nikkei in Tokyo edged up 0.08% to close at 17,635,14.