Dasha is a columnist in London writing about the consumer goods sector, as well as Russia and Turkey. She has been at Reuters since 2012 as deals reporter in London and Turkey correspondent, covering the 2016 coup and the war in Syria. Prior to that she produced business news on BBC radio and worked as an investment banking analyst.
She holds a degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from the University of Oxford.
Some shareholders are gagging for cash from more asset sales. They’re rightly angry about the tobacco firm’s share price collapse. But striking good deals for cancer sticks might be tricky. Beleaguered management would do better to focus on rolling out less harmful products.
The Rusal holding company escaped punitive Washington sanctions in the first half. But Donald Trump’s trade war pummelled aluminium prices, leading to a sharp drop in EBITDA. Investors face a long wait to get anywhere near their 2017 IPO price.
Unlike larger peers AB InBev and Heineken, the Danish brewer’s recently increased year-end targets look easy to reach. Still, the end of a cost-cutting programme may bring slower gains in profitability. After strong share price gains, the beer maker’s valuation has enough fizz.