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Romain Fournier

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Having worked in the British, French and Swiss financial press, Romain is able to report on local and international issues, as comfortable in French as in the language of Shakespeare, Romain Fournier leads the editorial team at Marketscreener. Fine connoisseur of the English-speaking markets, Romain delivers an editorial every day on US and UK markets.

GLOBAL MARKETS LIVE: Hitachi, Nomura, Morgan Stanley, Macy's…

01/11/2019 | 09:49am EST

New twist in the Carlos Ghosn case, last chance in Alstom- Siemens talks, and the likely end of Hitachi's nuclear project in the United Kingdom. US equity index futures remained flat while European shares improved, along with Asia.


-S&P 500 futures little changed at 2,592.75

-Brent Futures up 1% to $62.30/bbl

-Gold spot up 0.5% to $1,293.34

-US Dollar Index down 0.2% to 95.38


Japanese Brexit. Nikkei reports that Hitachi will abandon its British nuclear power plant project, which will result in a charge of 200 to 300 billion yen (about 1.6 to 2.4 billion euros).

Warnings. Several American companies are in turmoil after a series of warnings: Macy's sank by nearly 18% yesterday after a downward revision of its targets. Kohl's Corporation also fell for sales that were too short compared to expectations. American Airlines also warned yesterday.

Finance is tightening its belt. Several financial institutions have announced job cuts, including BlackRock, Nomura, Morgan Stanley, State Street, Santander or AQR. The sector is suffering after a more complicated year 2018 on the markets. Professionals also believe that the growing competition from ETFs is contributing to the depopulation of teams.

Flybe on sale. Virgin Atlantic, in consortium, is expected to buy Flybe, but at a much lower price than current quotations, according to Sky News. The proposal could add value to the perimeter of £20 million compared to the current capitalization of £35.5 million.

Episode XXXVII. While the charges are stacking up in Japan against Nissan's former boss Carlos Ghosn, the internal investigation conducted by Renault - a company which was also headed by M. Ghosn - did not uncover any fraud in the remuneration of its executive committee over the past two years. Carlos Ghosn's wife issued a statement stating that her husband is ill but that the Japanese authorities refuse to say whether he has been taken into care and still prevent him from contacting his family.

Last chance. In a final attempt to get the green light for their marriage, Alstom and Siemens Mobility could accept further transfers in exchange for the European Commission's approval, several sources told Reuters. The theoretical deadline for the antitrust decision is mid-February.

Ubi snobs Steam. Ubisoft will not put 'The Division 2' on Steam but on Epic's new platform. The developer of Fortnite offers on its market a 88/12 revenue sharing compared to the 80/20 of Steam, according to Berenberg. If volumes were not to suffer, this would be an indication of the rise of content providers, the analyst believes.

In other news. Jair Bolsonaro finally approved the merger between Boeing and Embraer. La Compagnie Financière Richemont posted 6% organic growth in the last quarter, in line with the AWP consensus. Credit Suisse plans to buy back at least CHF 1 billion of its own shares in 2019.

© MarketScreener.com 2019
Stocks mentioned in the article
ChangeLast1st jan.
ALSTOM -4.35% 32.31 Real-time Quote.-30.68%
AMERICAN AIRLINES GROUP INC. -8.79% 17.75 Delayed Quote.12.56%
BLACKROCK, INC. -3.12% 901.64 Delayed Quote.24.96%
DJ INDUSTRIAL -2.53% 34899.34 Delayed Quote.16.98%
DOW JONES FXCM DOLLAR INDEX -0.32% 12210.41 Delayed Quote.4.92%
EMBRAER S.A. -8.41% 19.27 End-of-day quote.117.74%
EURO / BRAZILIAN REAL (EUR/BRL) 1.59% 6.3485 Delayed Quote.-1.51%
EURO / BRITISH POUND (EUR/GBP) 0.81% 0.84879 Delayed Quote.-5.75%
EURO / US DOLLAR (EUR/USD) 0.97% 1.1317 Delayed Quote.-8.23%
FLYBE GROUP LIMITED 0.00%End-of-day quote.-94.33%
HITACHI, LTD. -2.92% 7087 End-of-day quote.74.34%
KOHL'S CORPORATION -2.53% 53.92 Delayed Quote.32.51%
MACY'S, INC. -5.16% 30.48 Delayed Quote.170.93%
MORGAN STANLEY -3.15% 97.93 Delayed Quote.42.90%
NASDAQ 100 -2.09% 16025.582629 Real-time Quote.27.00%
NASDAQ COMP. -2.23% 15491.656804 Real-time Quote.22.94%
NIKKEI 225 -2.53% 28751.62 Real-time Quote.7.49%
NOMURA HOLDINGS, INC. -2.01% 491.3 End-of-day quote.-9.85%
RENAULT -7.80% 29.61 Real-time Quote.-17.20%
S&P 500 -2.27% 4594.62 Delayed Quote.25.17%
SANTANDER BANK POLSKA S.A. -4.81% 338.6 End-of-day quote.82.34%
STATE STREET CORPORATION -5.00% 93.35 Delayed Quote.28.26%
THE BOEING COMPANY -5.41% 199.21 Delayed Quote.-1.62%
UBISOFT ENTERTAINMENT 1.01% 44.95 Real-time Quote.-42.99%
US DOLLAR / JAPANESE YEN (USD/JPY) 0.02% 113.33 Delayed Quote.11.51%