Yesterday, Saudi Aramco signed the contract awarding Técnicas Reunidas the construction of two gas projects promoted by Aramco. One day later, the Spanish company has confirmed its profit warning and announced that profit to September fell 45% to 55,5 million euros from a year earlier.
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The Crown Prince and de-facto ruler of the Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman, (MBS) launched an anti-corruption drive to safeguard the reform and modernization of the Saudi economy. Oil meanwhile looks to have broken out to the upside, which is very much a function of Brent Crude rather than West Texas Intermediate. The gap down started to open in August with Hurricane Harvey, not now with Saudi developments.
Caixin | President Xi Jinping is hosting U.S. President Donald Trump in China for the first time since Wednesday. Trump’s visit is part of his whirlwind Asia tour that saw him spend three days in South Korea.Trump will be accompanied by a business delegation that includes the leaders of 28 U.S. companies.
Droughts are not new in Spain, but current year is the third driest year of all time, behind 1981 and 2005. This situation is hitting the hydroelectric capacity of both Spanish utilities Iberdrola and Endesa. In fact, hydroelectric production in Spain fell almost 58% as reservoirs are at 37% capacity when they are normally at 60% during this time of the year.
Indra posted net profit of 85 million euros in the first nine months of 2017, up 76% from the 48 million euros registered a year earlier. The number of contracts obtained grew 13%, thanks to the incorporation of Tecnocom and organic growth in Indra’s IT business (4%)
Last week, People’s Bank of China (PBoC) Governor Zhou reaffirmed his concerns about the stability of the financial system in an article. Susan Joho, economist at Julius Baer points that he surprisingly spoke boldly of the risks of a Chinese Minsky moment.
According to Philippe Waechter, chief economist at Natixis AM there are two reasons in the UK economy to explain BoE last rate hike: a low productivity and a surge of inflation. In fact, the UK has had a productivity profile weaker than every other large developed countries except Italy since 2011.
Iberdrola, Enel and EDP, along with other European energy groups, have sent a letter to the European Commission and the European Parliament calling for more ambitious objectives with respect to renewable energies in the EU.
Andrew Sheng via Caixin | The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has declared that the global economic recovery is broadening amidst buoyant markets. Its global financial stability report argued that there is a good chance for a sustained recovery and the eventual normalization of monetary policy.