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WestRock rises as stockholders approve merger with Smurfit Kappa

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** Shares of packaging company WestRock WRK.N up 1.3% at $50.03 in early trading

** Co says its stockholders have approved the combination of WRK with European rival Smurfit Kappa Group SKG.I for $11 billion

** Ireland's SKG had in September said it was buying WestRock to create the world's largest paper and packaging company

** The deal is expected to combine Europe's biggest paper and packaging producer with the second largest player in the United States and forge a company worth nearly $20 bln

** As of last close, WRK's stock had risen ~19% YTD

Reporting by Granth Vanaik in Bengaluru


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