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Breakfast Today

  • 21 Feb 17

"With the US markets closed for a public holiday and little in the way of significant macro data to shape sentiment, yesterday's equity trading in London was largely driven by corporate events. Top of these was Heinz's apparent 'amicable' withdrawal of its approach on Unilever (ULVR.L), although disappointing full year results also knocked Bovis Homes (BVS.L) hard while RBS (RBS.L) shares celebrated the news that its management had abandoned efforts to sell Williams & Glyn. The fact that Unilever shares only gave back half of Friday's gains was testament to the opinion that Heinz, backed by dealmaker Warren Buffett, is considered unlikely simply walk away from a proposal that it will have spent months intricately crafting. So the corporate 'dance' has now moved behind the scenes, with Heinz ultimately wishing to arrive at a recommended merger although it is, of course, is permitted to make another unsolicited approach in six months' time. Meanwhile, there will be the opportunity to trade volatility in both their shares, as contradictory stories inevitably ebb and flow. During this morning's Asian trading, HSBC (HSBA.L) also kicked off the banking sector's reporting season with a drop in pre-tax profits and dividend declaration much as anticipated, although a US$1bn share buy- back following US$2.5bn in 2H'2016 rather disappointed investors. This left the Nikkei leading the regions gains despite the US$ being broadly stronger against all local currencies, while the Hang Seng and Shanghai Composite went in opposite direction and the ASX trod water. Economic releases due from the UK this morning include January Public Sector Net Borrowing followed by a 10:00hrs speech to MPs from The Governor of the Bank of England. The EU is due to provide Markit PMI for February, while the US also details Markit PMI and its Redbook along with speeches from FOMC members Patrick Harker and John Williams. UK corporates due to report also include Anglo American (AAL.L), BHP Billiton (BLT.L), InterContinental Hotels (IHG.L), Galliford Try (GFRD.L) and Wood Group (WG..L). Traders will also be listening out for more news from Greece, which has taken a small but significant step with respect to re-commencing its bailout negotiations as the Greek government agrees with Eurozone Finance Ministers to receive a technical team in Athens. The London equity market is seen opening quietly this morning, with the FTSE-100 expected to be down 10 points or so in opening trade." - Barry Gibb, Research Analyst

 

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