Bankinter | Iberdrola is preparing a bond issuance in Brazil. The Spanish company’s aim is to secure financing for its Brazilian subsidiary’s new investments. Among these investments, the adjudication of network projects valued at €1.380 billion stands out.
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Composite and Services PMI, which is elaborated by the consultancy IHS Marlon, exceeded expectations for Spain. The PMI for services rose from 54.5 in February to 56.8 in March compared to the expected 55.
Fitch downgraded Red Eléctrica (REE, A- from A, and elevates the perspective to stable from negative) after the firm’s acquisition of Hispasat. The credit rating agency says that the 2018-2022 strategic plan announced by the group in February “does not support a capital structure consistent with the ‘A’ rating level in the medium term.”
Renta4 | IAG has published the March air traffic data, which show a beginning to the year similar to the company’s capacity (supply) target for Q119, with demand growing slightly more than supply, and in line with the target for the year of 5.9%.
Bankia Estudios | Although the Spanish economy continued generating financing capacity, it finds itself on a downward trend, burdened by the deterioration of the external environment, so that it closed last year at post 2014 lows (1.5% of GDP). The correction of the public deficit has been amply compensated for by the deterioration in the financial position of the private sector, above all of households which, with savings rate at historical lows, have registered financing needs for for the second consecutive year.
Evan Brown (UBS AM) | …But as the importance of fiscal policy increases for economic stabilization, uncertainty about its effects also increases.
Bankinter | Red Eléctrica (REE) demands normative adjustments to facilitate the implantation of renewable energies. The director-general of Red Eléctrica, Miguel Duvison, has declared that currently access has been approved in Spain for 84% of the energy potential which needed for 2030.
José Ramón Díez Guijarro (Bankia Estudios) | Fortunately, in the EMU, with the exception of the second half of 2014, when the expected inflation expectations traded by the five year German bond reached negative territory, this deflation risk seems much more contained. This could be the principal difference between the European and Japanese economies.
Jean Abi Nader via Fair Observer | The challenges of sustainable economic growth and meaningful employment are common throughout the Middle East and North Africa.
After a period of gloomy macro data, market watchers are starting to see the light. According to Allianz research, the share of “bulls” has increasedfrom around 30% at the start of the year to currently 54% net. At the same time, the volatility index is some 20% below its historical average, in spite of the much greater uncertainty facing the world economy.