Acciona will construct a desalination plant in Saudi Arabia with a daily capacity of 210,000 cubic metres, having won the contract worth more than 200 million euros with the Saudi public company Saline Water Conversión Corporation (SWCC).
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Sabadell has just announced the sale of real estate assets to the fund Cerberus for 9.1 billion euros. The assets have been given a net value of 3.9 billion euros, which means Sabadell will have to make provisions for 92 million euros. Cerberus will hold 80% of the joint Enterprise called NewCo, leaving Sabadell with 20%. Specifically, the operation has been structures through the issue of two portfolios of real estate assets commercially named “Challenger” and “Coliseum”.
German main bank expects to report pre-tax profits of around €700 M and a net profit of €400 M for the second quarter of 2018. However, some analists do not agree with Deutsche Bank´s optimism. For example Alphavalue points out that the bank has shown sleight of hand in selling results that appear better than they are.
Despite the rhythm of Spain´s export of goods and services over the last five years – which have increased more tan ten percentage points over GDP, rising from only 22.7% in 2012 to 34.1% last year – Spain still finds itself 12 points below the EU average of 46%.
Naturgy´s adjustments in the value of its conventional electricity generation assets in Spain will rise to 3.7 billions. According to what the group, old Gas Natural Fenosa, told the regulator CNMV, this results from a depreciation of the value of its assets of 4.9 billion euros.
Spain was a well-liked region within European banks until the new government came into place. As Morgan Stanley points in a note to investors, “the negative noise around a potential bank tax and the doubts on the fiscal plans have hit the sector.” Santander will kick off the 2Q18 results season on July 25th with all the eyes on its capital position and headwinds from Latam currencies. Issues like Turkey in BBVA and TSB in Sabadell have provided more downside to some of these names.
Where the euro may go in 2018 is such a central question and will have implications for global asset markets around the world. Christopher Gannatti, head of research at Wisdom Tree, thinks that “forecasting currencies is very much like putting together a puzzle”, at times requiring just as much art as data.
In the middle of all the trade battles of the US against the rest of the world, the European Union has considered a new strategy of collaboration with other regions and have signed with Japan its largest trade agreement ever. The deal will create an open trade zone covering over 600 million people.
What will happen? Is the debate more economic or political? What probability is there that in the end there is no Brexit? According to the economist oat Morgan Stanley in the UK, former Treasury Secretary of Tony Blair, there is a 60% chance of a soft Brexit or “partial integration of the UK in the EU”.
The performance rating of countries for the last month demonstrates the concerns of investors about the price to be paid for a de-globalization of the world by those countries whose companies focus on exports. Alphavalue offers a ranking of these countries according to its coverage