London Stocks Seen Opening Higher After Fed Decision; BOE Awaited
0644 GMT - The FTSE 100 index is expected to open 83.7 points higher, according to IG, after the U.S. Federal Reserve raised interest rates by 50 basis points, as fully expected, but played down the prospect of a 75 basis-point rise in future. This was a relief to investors, who had become concerned about prospects of a bigger increase, but the Fed is still poised for more aggressive tightening to fight soaring inflation. The next focus will be a decision at 1100 GMT by the Bank of England, which is expected to raise rates by 25 basis points. Individual stocks in focus include oil giant Shell, retailer Next, property company Barratt Developments and BAE Systems after earnings updates. (email@example.com)
Next's 1Q Full-Price Sales Rose in Line with Guidance, Maintains FY 2023 Views
Next PLC said Thursday that full-price sales increased in the first 13 weeks of fiscal 2023, in line with guidance, and that it is keeping its full-year pretax profit views unchanged.
Barratt Developments' Home Completions Rise; Sees FY 2022 in Line
Barratt Developments PLC said Thursday that it has completed more homes in the second half of the year to date, and that its outlook for fiscal 2022 is in line with management's expectations.
Shell 1Q Profits Rose Ahead of Views, Books $3.9 Bln Hit From Russia Exit
Shell PLC on Thursday reported higher-than-expected profits for the first quarter of 2022, although the bottom-line result was hit by $3.9 billion of charges related to its exit from Russia.
AstraZeneca Says Farxiga Heart Treatment Phase 3 Trial Met Primary Endpoint
AstraZeneca PLC said Thursday that its Farxiga drug showed positive results from the Deliver and Dapa-HF Phase 3 trial in reducing the risk of cardiovascular death or worsening heart failure.
Endeavour Mining Posts 1Q Net Loss; On Track to Meet Full-Year Guidance
Endeavour Mining PLC on Thursday reported a net loss for the first quarter and said it is on track to meet 2022 production guidance.
Hikma Slashes 2022 Generics Guidance on Narcolepsy Treatment Delay
Hikma Pharmaceuticals PLC on Thursday downgraded revenue and margin guidance for its generics business due to the delayed launch of a generic of the Xyrem treatment for narcolepsy.
BAE Systems Says 1Q Performance Was in Line With Views
BAE Systems PLC said Thursday that its performance in the first quarter was in line with expectations, and that if the current dollar rate persists this would be a tailwind to earnings.
Melrose Industries Early 2022 Performance Met Views; Confident in Offsetting Inflation
Melrose Industries PLC said Thursday that its performance for the first four months of 2022 met its expectations, and that it is confident it can offset the effects of inflation.
Reach PLC's Four-Month Revenue Falls on Year Despite Digital Strength
Reach PLC said Thursday that revenue fell in the four-month period to April 24 as a more challenging market affected the digital growth rate and advertising demand was lower.
Miners, Lawmakers Face Balancing Act on Community, Supply Needs
0507 GMT - The tension between community objections to mining and the need for minerals is going to need to be addressed, says former Rio Tinto Chairman Simon Thompson, who stepped down from the role after the miner's Australian shareholder meeting Thursday. There is growing recognition by governments that more critical minerals are needed to address climate change, but mines can't be developed without having an impact on the environment and on communities, he tells reporters. "So I think the challenge that we all face--in the sense of how do you enable that public good of accessing lithium or copper or rare-earth elements... whilst compensating those people who at a local level are being impacted by that mine--that's something that as an industry, and with government as well, we just have to think through." (firstname.lastname@example.org; @RhiannonHoyle)
Green Steel Needs a Carbon Price, Or Buyers Willing to Pay a Premium
0457 GMT - A key question in the development of green steel is whether customers will pay a premium for it, former Rio Tinto Chairman Simon Thompson says. Thompson--who stepped down from the role after the miner's Australian shareholder meeting Thursday--says it is "obvious that the world has got to find a way of producing green steel." Even if companies increase scrap recycling, there will still be large demand for primary steel, he tells reporters. "The challenge for many of our customers is, how do you do that? It is, I think, almost inevitably going to be more expensive than conventional blast-furnace technology." So, either a carbon price or a premium for green steel is needed, he says. "Those are the two choices to create the demand that we need to encourage the investment in green steel." (email@example.com; @RhiannonHoyle)
Russia-Ukraine War Highlights Need to Advance Renewable Energy, Rio Tinto CEO Says
0449 GMT - Russia's invasion of Ukraine emphasizes the need for quicker development of renewable energy, Rio Tinto CEO Jakob Stausholm tells reporters. The Danish businessman highlights western Europe's dependence on Russia for fossil fuels. "I think what we have learned here over the last year is if you are not focusing on the energy sources you have today, then you're going to create problems," he says. "So, there are some very difficult questions to be asked in Western economies." Rio Tinto is seeking to increase output of metals such as copper used in renewable energy infrastructure. (firstname.lastname@example.org; @RhiannonHoyle)
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