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Banco Popular will meet ECB

S&P Cuts Banco Popular’s Rating To B vs B+coinciding with AGM

S&P has cut its outlook for Banco Popular to Negative from Stable (where it placed the bank on February 9), which opens the door to new rating trims. At the same time, Popular will hold its AGM today where the 2016 accounts (losses of €3.485 billion) are due to be approved by shareholders,



Hyatt stepped back from its counter bid for NH Hotels

It’s time to focus on Spain’s hotel stocks NH Hoteles and Melia

Sonia Ruiz de Garibay (GVC Gaesco) |Spain’s hotel chains NH Hoteles and Meliá are reaping the benefits of their restructuring and the adjustments made in the areas of operating costs and debt reduction. So these stocks are a good bet for locking in profits thanks to their attractive trading ratios.

 


Banco Popular

Banco Popular In Doubt About Going Ahead With Its ‘Bad Bank’

Emilio Saracho, who will take over the reins of Banco Popular in less than 15 days, may not want to go ahead with Project Sunrise, which consists of setting up a small ‘bad bank’ into which € 6 billion worth of property loans would be transferred. The new chairman may have a Plan B.



Improved SME financing in Europe

As a result of the global financial crisis, funding conditions for SMEs in the peripheral European countries tightened considerably. But following the implementation of expansionary monetary policies, including TLTROs and negative interest rates, has loan activity improved for small businesses in countries like Spain, where they are key drivers for economic growth and job creation.


Moody says continued uncertainty over Abengoa’s viability plan

While acknowledging that Spanish renewable energy and engineering firm Abengoa’s restructuring plan would ease its debt burden, Moody’s has cast doubts over whether it will be successful. Earlier this month, Abengoa reached a debt restructuring deal with its main creditors in an attempt to avoid Spain’s biggest ever bankruptcy. It had been in talks with lenders since November 2015 to reduce its over 9 billion euros debt pile.