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6:47 p.m. March 14, 2021 - By Janet Kersnar
As U.K. eases COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, Pandemic Year 2 provides equal helpings of anxiety and hope Camden, a North London hamlet home to both haves and have-nots, attempts to get back on its feet one year laterCamden, a North London hamlet home to both the haves and have-nots, attempts to get back on its feet one year later.
9:58 a.m. Nov. 25, 2020 - By Barbara Kollmeyer
Banks and oil companies weigh on FTSE 100 as investors pause ahead of U.S. holiday U.K. chancellor unveils stimulus planStocks in London fall, keeping in step with losses for global markets, with major oil companies and bank stocks leading the way lower. And U.K. Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced spending plans to help the country tackle economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic.
6:19 a.m. Sept. 4, 2020 - By Barbara Kollmeyer
Merger talk drives up Spanish banks — a bright spot on a tough day for European equities CaixaBank and Bankia say they are in merger talksEuropean stocks are struggling to hold onto gains after Thursday’s selloff driven by Wall Street. Financials were a bright spot as tie-up talk in Spain’s banking sector is driving gains.
7:21 a.m. Aug. 25, 2020 - By Lina Saigol
Global dividends suffer worst quarterly fall since financial crisis The worst-case scenario could see global shareholder payouts drop 25% on an underlying basis during 2020Dividends fell in every region of the world except in North America, thanks to the resilience of Canadian companies.
12:32 p.m. Aug. 13, 2020 - By Lina Saigol
Recession-proof your portfolio with these 4 stocks, says analystThe U.K. economy has officially crashed into recession following the economic shutdown in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
5:51 a.m. July 29, 2020 - By Barbara Kollmeyer
European stocks struggle amid earnings rush and as Fed decision looms Deutsche Bank, Santander, Barclays among stocks on the move European stocks tilted mostly lower on Wednesday as investors waded through a ton of corporate results, largely from big banks. A Federal Reserve decision is expected later.
10:24 a.m. July 21, 2020 - By Michael Brush
You should invest in big banks now for their rich dividends These stocks look cheap, and banks perform well as economies recoverThese stocks look cheap. Plus banks perform well as economies recover.
3:54 p.m. July 20, 2020 - By Rachel Koning Beals
Morgan Stanley will be first U.S. bank to disclose how much its loans and investments contribute to greenhouse-gas emissions The investment bank will advise the Partnership for Carbon Accounting Financials on standardizationMorgan Stanley will start measuring and disclosing lending portfolio greenhouse gas emissions and back the push toward universal climate-risk accounting — the first U.S. bank to take such actions.
2:08 a.m. July 15, 2020 - By Ciara Linnane
Coronavirus update: Global cases of COVID-19 climb above 13 million as California, Hong Kong and India reimpose restrictions on movement Earnings season kicks off with bank earnings showing expected boost in loan loss provisions and strong trading and investment banking resultsThe number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus illness COVID-19 climbed above 13 million on Tuesday, and the world’s eighth biggest economy, California, moved to again temporarily shut down higher-risk businesses such as bars and restaurants after a spike in hospitalizations.
7:58 a.m. July 14, 2020 - By Lina Saigol
Schroders considers investment trust to inject equity into U.K. small and midcaps hit by the pandemic “For the U.K. economy to recover there needs to be greater availability of equity,” Schroders saysBritish fund manager is hoping to launch the investment trust in the fourth quarter of 2020.
8:30 a.m. July 8, 2020 - By Barbara Kollmeyer
‘Heavy on some old classics’ budget message fails to inspire London stocks London stocks failed to get any lift from Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s budget message on Wednesday, described as disappointing by some, while banking giant HSBC PLC saw its stock fall sharply.
1:05 a.m. July 8, 2020 - By Barbara Kollmeyer
Trump administration could try to undermine Hong Kong dollar peg: reportThe U.S. Trump administration may seek to retaliate against China for a controversial new security law by targeting some Hong Kong banks for supporting it, according to a report from Bloomberg News on Wednesday. The report said some advisors to President Donald Trump have discussed the possiblity of undermining the Hong Kong dollar peg, possibly by curtailing the amount of U.S. dollars Hong Kong banks can buy. The report sent shares of HSBC Holdings PLC 3.8% lower in European trading as that bank was named as a one potential target. HSBC was widely criticized after its top regional executive, Peter Wong, publicly offered support for the new law, though say he was pressured to do so as he's a member of a top political advisory body to Beijing.
12:21 a.m. July 8, 2020 - By Barbara Kollmeyer
European stocks led lower by HSBC, U.S. virus worries Electrolux shares rally on upbeat forecast The spread of coronavirus in the U.S. continues to weigh on investor sentiment in Europe, where other big movers for Wednesday included HSBC, Electrolux and Nokia.
2:41 a.m. July 6, 2020 - By Barbara Kollmeyer
Lloyds shares rise as bank says longtime CEO Horta-Osório will step downLloyds Banking Group’s longtime chief executive António Horta-Osório will step down next year, the bank said, in news that appeared to give shares a boost on Monday.
10:10 p.m. July 5, 2020 - By Steve Goldstein
Lloyds Banking Group chief executive announces he will step down next yearAntónio Horta-Osório, the long-time chief executive of Lloyds Banking Group , will step down next year in what will be his tenth year in the position, the U.K. bank said Monday. Horta-Osório said he plans to leave in June. No successor was named. The bank also said that Robin Budenberg will take over as chairman next year, replacing Norman Blackwell who had already announced he was retiring. Budenberg helped manage the U.K. government's investment in U.K. banks as chief executive, and then chairman, of UK Financial Investments.
5:26 a.m. July 3, 2020 - By Barbara Kollmeyer
London stocks struggle while U.S. markets are closed for July 4 holidayLondon stocks fell on Friday, with the index set to underperform its European rivals for the week, as weak oil prices weighed on major energy names, and alongside concerns that next week’s summer statement from the U.K. Chancellor will lack big tax cuts.
5:13 a.m. June 30, 2020 - By Lina Saigol
Pandemic ‘wrecks’ FTSE 100 dividend outlook for 2020, as U.K. payouts fall to lowest levels since 2014 Dividend payments are now expected to fall for two consecutive years before starting to forge a recovery in 2021, according to AJ Bell’s latest Dividend Dashboard reportThe forecast dividend payout for the FTSE 100 in 2020 has plunged by 17% compared with last year, AJ Bell data show.
4:24 a.m. June 5, 2020 - By Barbara Kollmeyer
FTSE 100 joins global rally with major oil companies surging on OPEC hopes London markets weren’t left out of a global rally on Friday, with the FTSE 100 poised for its best weekly return in around a month, as energy shares surged on hopes for a pact by major oil producers to extend production cuts.
2:53 a.m. May 29, 2020 - By Barbara Kollmeyer
HSBC and Prudential drag down London stocks as investors eye U.S.-China tensionsLondon stocks came under pressure on Friday, putting a stop to a string of winning sessions as investors waited to hear what President Donald Trump will say about China at a planned press conference later.
1:19 a.m. May 27, 2020 - By Pierre Briançon
Forget about rates: For central banks, asset-buying is the name of the gameThe major central banks have to keep sending the message that they can and will use every tool, including radical or unprecedented ones, to help governments fight the coronavirus crisis.
5:40 a.m. May 22, 2020 - By Barbara Kollmeyer
Fear of Hong Kong fallout is once again hitting some big companies in LondonLondon stocks fell on Friday after a plan by Beijing to impose sweeping new restrictions on Hong Kong left a pair of big U.K. stocks with exposure to the region with bruising losses.
11:15 p.m. May 21, 2020 - By Barbara Kollmeyer
European stocks slump on news of China tightening grip on Hong KongEuropean stocks fell sharply on Friday, on investor concerns over tensions between the U.S. and China, as well as between Beijing and Hong Kong. The Stoxx Europe 600 index fell 1.2%, the German DAX fell 1.4% and the FTSE 100 index dropped 1.8%. Data in the U.K. showed a record slump in retail sales due to the coronavirus lockdown. Risk-off sentiment was spreading across assets with Dow futures down over 200 points and crude prices down close to 6%. Hong Kong stocks fell 5% on news that China's ceremonial parliament is mulling a security law in the former British colony. Banks were among the big decliners, with HSBC Holdings PLC sliding 5%, while luxury goods makers such as LVMH Moet Hennessey Louis Vuitton SE fell 2.5%.
10:22 p.m. May 20, 2020 - By Lina Saigol
U.K. raids £150 million from forgotten bank accounts to help charities battling the coronavirus crisis Accounts untouched for 15 years are deemed dormantU.K. government pledges to unlock £150m from unused bank accounts to fund ‘good causes.’
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