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Earnings, chip M&A talks keep European stocks buoyant

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May 20 (Reuters) - European stocks rose on Thursday after one of the worst selloffs this year as strong earnings and merger talks in the chip sector helped investors look past inflation worries.

The pan-European STOXX 600 index rose 0.6% after suffering a 1.5% loss in the previous session. Asian stocks and U.S. futures, however, struggled after a hint of tapering talk from the U.S. Federal Reserve, while still reeling from a crash in cryptocurrencies.

French conglomerate Bouygues gained 2.3% after it raised the full-year guidance for its telecoms division and reported a smaller than expected first-quarter core loss.

Deutsche Telekom added 1% on raising its medium-term core profit outlook.

Oslo-listed chipmaker Nordic Semiconductor jumped 8.8% after an Italian daily reported that Franco-Italian chipmaker STMicroelectronics is mulling an offer to buy the company. (Reporting by Sruthi Shankar in Bengaluru; Editing by Arun Koyyur)

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