European markets open to close, Bank of England and Swiss central bank interest rate decisions

The Bank of England raised interest rates by 50 basis points, the seventh in a row

Bank of England They voted to raise interest rates By 50 basis points, less than the 75 basis points rise some analysts had expected.

The bank said there have been other indications since August of “domestic inflation continuing to strengthen”, but the recent announcement of caps on household and commercial energy bills should dampen future CPI hikes.

The pound rose slightly on the day near the $1.13 level.

– Jenny Reed

UK regulator for examining the cloud market

The UK’s media regulator, Ofcom, said on Thursday it would launch an investigation into the dominance of AmazonAnd the Microsoft And the The Google in the £15 billion public cloud infrastructure market.

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The probe will focus on so-called “super”s such as Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure, which allow companies to access computing power and store data from remote servers. Collectively, Amazon, Microsoft and Google generate about 81% of revenue in the market, according to Ofcom.

The regulator said a final report would be published within 12 months detailing any concerns and proposed recommendations, adding that further action could be taken if it found competition and innovation limited in any way.

Over the next year, Ofcom plans to launch additional investigations into other digital markets, including personal messaging and virtual assistants.

– Ryan Brown

Bank stocks outperformed other sectors, but gains were marginal

Bank stocks were the best performers in Europe at noon, with the sector up 1.3% since yesterday.

High inflation prompted the region’s central banks to raise interest rates, which brought additional profits to the region’s banks.

pan european bank Unicredit Leading the way with a 6.4% jump in stocks after CEO Andrea Orsel announced that the bank would raise its guidance for the year during third-quarter results in October.

Spanish banking group Banco Sabadell stock It rose 5.2% as the organization entered talks with it worldlineAnd the Nixie And the viserve for potential payments transaction.

shares German Bank It followed the trend with a 4.9% increase, after Chief Financial Officer James Boone Moltke said the bank would approach 2023 “cautiously” at a financial conference.

FinecobankAnd the CommerzbankAnd the Banco BPM GroupAnd the Societe Generale And the Caixabank All at least 3%.

– Hannah Ward Glinton

The Swiss franc weakened significantly against the dollar, the euro and the pound after the interest rate hike

The Swiss franc weakened significantly against the US dollar, the euro and the British pound after the central bank’s decision to raise interest rates by 75 basis points to 0.5%.

At 9:30 AM London time, the dollar was up 0.9% against the Swiss currency, while the euro and the British pound were up about 1.4% against the franc.

Earlier this week, the Swiss franc reached its strongest level against the euro since January 2015, as economists began speculating about a possible 75 basis point increase.

– Hannah Ward Glinton

Norway’s central bank raises benchmark interest rate to 2.25%

The Norges Bank raised the interest rate to 2.25% from 1.75% and indicated that it plans to raise rates further later this year.

Norway’s central bank said in a statement that there were “clear signs of a slowing economy”, and “relieving pressures in the economy will further curb inflation.”

Based on the MPC’s current assessment, the policy rate is likely to be raised further in November, according to the bank.

– Hannah Ward Glinton

Swiss National Bank raises benchmark interest rate to 0.5%

Swiss National Bank The benchmark interest rate has been raised to me 0.5%, a shift that puts an end to the era of negative rates in Europe.

A rise of 75 basis points follows to -0.25% on June 16, the first increase in the rate in 15 years. Prior to that, the Swiss Central Bank had kept interest rates steady at -0.75% since 2015.

Switzerland’s inflation rate is currently at its highest rate in three decades, reaching 3.5% last month.

– Hannah Ward Glinton

Italy heads to the polls on Sunday, and here’s what to expect

Italian voters head to the polls on Sunday in a snap general election that is likely to see a government led by a far-right party come to power.

If that happens, it would constitute a massive political shift for a country already dealing with ongoing economic and political instability.

Opinion polls prior to September 9 (when the blackout began) showed a right-wing coalition easily winning a majority of seats. The House and Senate mini.

Air during Giorgia Meloni’s rally in Cagliari to launch her campaign for Italy’s next general election in Cagliari on September 2, 2022 in Cagliari, Italy. Italians head to the polls for the general election on September 25, 2022.

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The alliance is led by the far-right Fratelli d’Italia led by Giorgia Meloni (Brothers of Italy), and includes three other right-wing parties: Lega, led by Matteo Salvini, Forza Italia led by Silvio Berlusconi, and a secondary coalition partner, Noe Modrati.

The Brothers of Italy party stands out from the crowd and is expected to get the largest share of votes for one party. It was noted that he received almost 25% of the vote, According to the poll aggregator Politiche 2022is far ahead of its closest right-wing ally, Lega, which is expected to receive around 12% of the vote.

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– Holly Eliat

Market open: Fortum up 4%, Accor down 6%

shares Fortum It rose again in early trading Thursday after the Finnish company agreed to sell its 56% stake In the German Uniper service of the German government. The state-owned energy company transferred its stake in the nationalization deal.

French hospitality company Accor Its shares were down 6.3% at the market open after JP Morgan lowered its rating on the stock from neutral to underweight. The investment bank expressed concerns that the group would not be able to return to its previous level of profitability, saying, “Our fears now exceed the reasons we love.”

– Hannah Ward Glinton

Credit Suisse plans to split its investment bank into three: Financial Times

Credit Suisse She has plans to split her investment bank to three, according to the Financial Times.

The Swiss lender wants to have a separate “bad bank” exclusively for risky assets when it recovers from it Several years of scandals and blunders.

New proposals suggest Credit Suisse will sell some of its profitable units as part of the radical adjustment, and full plans are expected to be announced in the bank’s third-quarter results on October 27, the Financial Times reports.

– Hannah Ward Glinton

Oil prices rise after Fed raises rates, demand concerns remain

Oil prices rose after the third consecutive rate hike by the Federal Reserve.

Reuters also I mentioned Chinese refineries They expect the nation to export up to 15 million tons of oil product export quotas for the rest of the year, citing people familiar with the matter.

Brent crude futures contracts While it rose 0.45% to reach $90.24 a barrel West Texas Intermediate It also rose 0.45% to $83.3 a barrel.

– Lee Ying Shan

JPMorgan says Fed hike likely to keep Asian risk assets under pressure

Asian risk assets, especially export-oriented companies, will remain under pressure in the short term after the Federal Reserve raises interest rates, according to Tai Hui, chief market strategist for Asia Pacific at JPMorgan Asset Management.

Tai added that the strong US dollar is likely to continue, but monetary policy tightening in most Asian central banks – with the exception of China and Japan – should help limit the extent of the decline in the Asian currency.

The US dollar indexwhich measures the greenback against a basket of peers, rose sharply and last time reached 111,697.

– Abigail Ng

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CNBC Pro: Morgan Stanley’s Mike Wilson names the key feature he loves about stocks

Morgan Stanley’s Mike Wilson remains on the defensive amid ongoing market volatility this year. Names the main feature he looks for in a stock.

Stocks with this trait have been “rewarded” this year, and the trend will likely continue until the market turns more bullish, according to Wilson.

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European Markets: Here are the opening calls

European shares are expected to open their doors in negative territory on Wednesday as investors react to the latest US inflation data.

The UK FTSE is expected to fall 47 points at 7341, the German DAX 86 is down at 13106, the French CAC 40 is down 28 points, and the Italian FTSE MIB is down 132 points at 22010, according to data from IG.

Global markets fell after a higher than expected US Consumer Price Index The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Tuesday that an August report that showed prices rose 0.1% for the month and 8.3% annually in August, defying economists’ expectations that headline inflation will fall 0.1% on a monthly basis.

Core CPI, which excludes volatile food and energy costs, rose 0.6% from July and 6.3% from August 2021.

UK inflation figures are due for August, and Eurozone industrial production for July will be published.

– Holly Eliat

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