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

Shell 2022 profit more than doubles to record $40 bln

Fourth-quarter profit of $10 billion beats estimates Shell to repurchase $4 billion in shares Shares up 2.5% by 1002 GMT LONDON, Feb 2 (Reuters) – Shell ( SHEL.L ) delivered a record $40 billion profit in 2022, the energy giant said on Thursday, capping a tumultuous year in which a surge in energy prices after … 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

Goldman Sachs raises emerging markets equities forecast

Feb 2 (Reuters) – Goldman Sachs on Thursday revised its forecast for emerging market equities upwards as it sees the developing world benefiting from the reopening of China’s borders, improving European growth prospects and softening US inflation. The investment bank sees MSCI’s index of emerging market shares (.MSCIEF) hitting 1,150 over the next 12 months, … 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

Honda to start producing new hydrogen fuel cell system co-developed with GM

TOKYO, Feb 2 (Reuters) – Japan’s Honda Motor Co ( 7267.T ) said it will start producing a new hydrogen fuel cell system jointly developed with General Motors Co ( GM.N ) this year and gradually step up sales this decade, in a bid to expand its hydrogen business. Honda will target annual sales of … Read more

Analysis: Fed feeds Wall Street’s soft landing hopes, although recession fears still loom

Feb 2 (Reuters) – A more dovish-than-expected message from Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell stands to further boost hopes of slowing rate hikes and a so-called economic soft landing that have fueled a powerful rebound in US stocks. For weeks, hopes that easing inflation and cooling growth will allow the Fed to pull back from … Read more

Airbus and Qatar Airways settle bitter A350 jet row

PARIS, Feb 1 (Reuters) – Airbus ( AIR.PA ) and Qatar Airways have settled a dispute over grounded A350 jets, the companies said on Wednesday, averting a potentially damaging UK court trial after a blistering 18-month feud that tore the lid off the global jet market. The “amicable and mutually agreeable settlement” ends a $2 … Read more

Morning bid: Markets go all in for disinflation

SYDNEY, Feb 2 (Reuters) – A look at the day ahead in European and global markets from Wayne Cole. Push back? What push back? The main theme ahead of the Fed announcement was that Chair Jerome Powell would definitely, totally, absolutely push back against the recent rapid easing in market conditions given inflation was still … Read more