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Vodafone Interim CEO Vows to ‘Do Better’ After Q3 Revenue Growth Slows

in third-quarter revenue growth that stemmed from weak performance in key European markets. Organic growth in service revenue dropped to 1.8% year-on-year during the three-month period to December 31 to €9.52 billion (€1 = $1.0883), down from an increase of 2.5% in the prior quarter. The company said the slip was linked to declines in customer levels in its biggest market Germany, where organic service revenue slumped by 1.8% compared to the previous year to…

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Asia FX Treads Water As Fed Meeting Looms, Dollar Inches Higher

Most Asian currencies moved little on Wednesday in anticipation of a Federal Reserve meeting, while the dollar crept higher as markets positioned for an interest rate hike and a potentially hawkish message from the central bank. The dollar firmed slightly against a basket of currencies, with the dollar index and dollar index futures advancing about 0.1% each. The Federal Reserve is broadly expected to hike interest rates by 25 basis points, after U.S. inflation retreated…

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UniCredit Hikes Payout Goal By 40% After Record Rofit

UniCredit pledged on Tuesday to return 5.25 billion euros ($5.69 billion) to investors based on its 2022 results after posting a record quarterly profit, as CEO Andrea Orcel works to meet his ambitious payout plans. Orcel, who has focused UniCredit on capital light businesses to maximise returns since taking over in April 2021, expressed confidence in receiving the necessary green light from European Central Bank supervisors. Lenders needs ECB approval for share buybacks, which account…

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Asia FX Muted, Dollar Steadies As Fed Meeting Looms

Most Asian currencies moved little on Tuesday, while the dollar retained recent gains as caution kicked in ahead of a Federal Reserve meeting this week, with any signals on U.S. monetary policy squarely in focus. But most Asian units were set for strong gains in January amid expectations that the Fed will slow its pace of interest rate hikes in the coming months. Risk-heavy Southeast Asian currencies were the best performers through January, with the…

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Oil prices Tread Water As Markets Weigh China Recovery, Fed Caution

Oil prices were muted in early trade on Tuesday as optimism over better-than-expected economic data from China was offset by caution over an upcoming Federal Reserve meeting and an OPEC decision on production. Chinese business activity grew more than expected in January, government data showed, indicating that the country’s economy was clearly on a path of recovery after it relaxed most anti-COVID restrictions earlier in the month. The data helped further the notion that a…

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Rising Interest Rates Have a Sting in The Tail For Europe’s Banks

Rising borrowing costs are giving a long-awaited lift to Europe’s beleaguered banks, but they come with a sting in the tail. Last year central banks ended a decade of rock-bottom interest rates as the U.S. Federal Reserve and then the European Central Bank moved towards tightening. Two of Europe’s big corporate and mortgage lenders, Sweden’s SEB and Spain’s Sabadell, recently unveiled strong profits for 2022 as that trend helped lending lift earnings. But while rising…

"Rising Interest Rates Have a Sting in The Tail For Europe’s Banks"

Asian Stocks Sink As Fed Week Begins, China Reopens Strong

Most Asian stock markets sank on Monday as caution kicked in ahead of a Federal Reserve meeting and key economic data this week, while Chinese shares rose sharply as they resumed trade after a week-long holiday. China’s Shanghai Shenzhen CSI 300 and Shanghai Composite indexes rose 1.2% and 0.7%, respectively, with markets betting that the country’s economy was further supported by its first Lunar New Year holiday without COVID restrictions in three years. State media…

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Chinese Stocks Surge After Week-Long Holiday

Chinese stock markets rose sharply on Monday as they resumed trade after the Lunar New Year holiday, while a commitment from the government to boost spending and support economic growth also aided sentiment. The Shanghai Shenzhen CSI 300 index rose 1.3%, while the Shanghai Composite index added 0.6%, with most sectors trading positively. Automobile and industrial stocks were the best performers in early trade, while energy stocks retreated. State media reports suggested that retail travel…

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MSCI Seeks Feedback On Adani Group Over Hindenburg Report

Index provider MSCI said on Saturday it was seeking feedback on Adani Group and associated securities and was aware of a report issued by short-seller Hindenburg Research. Seven listed companies of the Adani conglomerate – controlled by one of the world’s richest men Gautam Adani – have lost a combined $48 billion in market value and U.S. bonds of Adani firms have fallen since Hindenburg on Tuesday flagged concerns about debt levels and the use…

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Fashion Retailer H&M’s Profit Tumbles As Costs Bite

Sweden’s H&M reported on Friday a much larger than expected drop in September-November profit, hit by weak consumer confidence and soaring costs that it did not fully pass on to price tags, sending its shares down 7% in early trade. Operating profit in the period, the world’s second-biggest fashion retailer’s fiscal fourth quarter, was 821 million crowns ($79.7 million) against 6.26 billion a year earlier and a mean forecast of 3.67 billion in a Refinitiv…

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