Euro dips as ECB meets market expectations

NEW YORK, Feb 2 (Reuters) – The euro dipped against the dollar on Thursday after the European Central Bank (ECB) hiked interest rates by a widely expected 50 basis points and offered no new hawkish surprises, while the Bank of England (BofE) adopted a more dovish tone on inflation. The ECB penciled in at least … Read more

Gulf markets mixed as Qatar falls, Dubai gains

Feb 2 (Reuters) – Qatar’s stock market was the worst performer among mixed Gulf bourses on Thursday amid volatile energy markets, while Dubai shares ended higher on a strong banking sector performance. The Qatari stock index (.QSI) dropped 0.9%, falling for a fourth consecutive session, with most of its constituent stocks in negative territory. Index … Read more

Asset managers, banks call on EU to cost plans to grab euro clearing from London

LONDON, Feb 2 (Reuters) – Asset managers, hedge funds and banks on Thursday called on the European Union to properly cost its plans to force market participants to shift derivatives clearing business from London to mandatory accounts in the bloc. London Stock Exchange Group’s LCH and ICE in London have long dominated parts of the … Read more

Investor reaction to Adani market rout after short-seller report

SINGAPORE, Feb 2 (Reuters) – Adani Group called off a $2.5 billion share sale as losses for the conglomerate’s biggest firms snowballed to more than $100 billion in the wake of a US short-seller’s report. The rout has sparked concern that the fallout could also affect, more broadly, confidence in India. Following are comments from … Read more

Biden moves to slash US credit card fees, app charges

WASHINGTON, Feb 1 (Reuters) – The White House on Wednesday unveiled fresh efforts to slash credit card late fees and drive down the prices that Apple Inc (AAPL.O) and Google parent Alphabet Inc (GOOGL.O) charge on mobile app stores . The move is part of a larger policy drive to promote competition in consumer markets, … Read more

End of easy-cash era is going to hurt

LONDON, Feb 1 (Reuters) – The end of the easy-cash era is over and its impact has yet to be felt on world markets, hopeful that the pain of aggressive rate hikes and high inflation has passed. US and UK central banks are unwinding stimulus further by offloading bonds they hold, and the European Central … Read more

Markets ‘overpricing’ Indian banks’ risk from Adani exposure – Societe Generale

SINGAPORE, Feb 1 (Reuters) – Markets are “overpricing” the risk to Indian lenders from their exposure to Adani Group, which was targeted last week in a report by short-seller Hindenburg Research, Societe Generale said, adding that a sell-off in banking shares seems overdone. India’s Nifty Bank index (.NSEBANK) lost as much as 7.7% to hit … Read more

UBS fourth-quarter profit rises 23%; beats estimates

ZURICH, Jan 31 (Reuters) – Switzerland’s UBS Group AG (UBSG.S) on Tuesday reported a 23% increase in fourth-quarter profit, beating analyst estimates, helped by a fall in costs despite a drop in financial markets. The world’s largest wealth manager kicked off a round of reporting for major European banks, many of which have been cutting … Read more

Breakingviews: Adani re-ups India’s emerging market risk

HONG KONG/MUMBAI, Jan 31 (Reuters Breakingviews) – India is making its way onto global investors’ maps. How the country’s financial authorities tackle the $65 billion selloff at Gautam Adani’s eponymous infrastructure empire following a short-selling attack may determine how soon the country establishes itself as a reliable investment destination. The World Bank expects India’s economy … Read more

Most Gulf markets fall, Abu Dhabi ends higher

Jan 30(Reuters) – Most Gulf stock markets closed lower on Monday, tracking global peers, as looming interest rate hikes by major central banks including the US Federal Reserve weigh on investor sentiments, while Abu Dhabi bucked the trend. Investors expect the Fed to raise rates by 25 basis points on Wednesday, and any deviation from … Read more