George Hay is an associate editor in Breakingviews’ London office, covering commodities, the Middle East and general financial policy issues. Prior to that he was Breakingviews’ European Financial Editor, and also worked as a correspondent for AFX News and United Business Media. He has an undergraduate degree from Edinburgh University, a Graduate Diploma in Economics from Birkbeck, University of London, and his work has been recognised at the UK’s Business Journalist of the Year Awards.
The Swiss-Swedish group has abruptly parted company with boss Ulrich Spiesshofer – who presented ABB’s revamped strategy only two months ago. There’s no immediate replacement. Still, a 5 pct share bump suggests even if investors like the new direction, they fancy a new helmsman.
Luxury tycoon Bernard Arnault and oil giant Total are among those to have pledged a total of more than 600 mln euros to rebuild the fire-ravaged cathedral. France lags Germany and the UK for charitable giving. But restoring a national treasure makes moral and financial sense.
The U.S. oil major's $33 bln offer for Permian powerhouse Anadarko may spark similar moves by rivals. The region’s independent players face challenges and are priced accordingly. Were Shell to play M&A catch-up, though, it would risk cramping its climate change-conscious style.