The UK retailer’s accounting error is larger than originally flagged. Sales are falling faster than feared. News that the chairman is being replaced will help. But Tesco’s new CEO missed a big chance to articulate a turnaround plan – despite some obvious remedies.
The Swiss group’s investment bank trumped Wall Street in Q3. But it’s no longer a top-tier player in any standalone business line, and questions linger over its ability to maintain strong fixed income returns if rates rise. Muted expectations should apply to other divisions too.
It’s six months since Microsoft closed the purchase of Nokia’s once-great handset business. A big earnings beat shows the Finnish group is now thriving in network equipment, even as rivals struggle. Still, questions remain over U.S. telco capex and profitability in mapping.
The London-focused real-estate agent says booming sales volumes have suddenly slowed. That fits with other evidence the market peaked earlier in the year. Foreign buyers may assist a soft landing. But, as Foxtons hints, UK political uncertainty could act as a powerful brake.
A valuation of up to $4.8 bln for the state-owned private health insurer rests on the potential for cutting costs. But not being too greedy now will make it easier to flog some of the huge pipeline of Australian assets lined up for privatisation to stock market investors.
Unmanned aircraft need help navigating rules that have grounded commercial flights. Law firms could use a boost against earnings headwinds. With Morrison Foerster and others touting drone expertise, the two industries’ potential for mutual assistance may be more than hot air.
Large lenders in France face shouldering the biggest chunk of a new fund to resolve trouble-hit European banks. But the larger the contributions, the more clout their state has over deploying the funds. That should cut the chance of profligate banks in other states getting a free ride.
The French advertising group says focus on the failed merger with Omnicom explains its weak performance in the last quarter. It also has excuses for different parts of the business. The pressure is on to show at its next strategy update how it intends to shake its growth problem.
The German carmaker is boasting of record sales, rising margins and rich proceeds from asset disposals. But its dividend has not grown in line with a recovery in performance. After years of parsimony, Daimler can afford to be more generous to shareholders.
Researchers think automatons could displace half of all existing U.S. jobs. If that happens rapidly, it could push humans into a strife-torn future in which lack of wage income hobbles prosperity even in capable societies. Yet governments can make the transition less stressful.
One regional Fed boss worries CPI is below the institution’s 2 pct target. Yet EU-like deflation fears don’t travel. American prices are up an average of almost 2 pct a year since the crisis. And measures of future inflation expectations are still close to the target, too.
The struggling pharma group is mulling an IPO of its HIV unit, which would go straight into the FTSE-100. It’s also holding next year’s dividend flat. The extra financial flexibility is welcome. But there’s also scope for a more radical strategy to realise value from disposals.
An ambitious agenda is helping Aecio Neves give President Rousseff a run for her money. But without more allies in Congress, his platform of lower deficits, slower wage growth and higher gas prices looks unrealistic. Keeping the economy steady may be the most he can deliver.