While the telecoms sector (mainly represented by Telefónica) is very attractive for investors, “looming pressure on returns” is clouding investor interest in the utilities.
Sonia Ruiz de Garibay (GVCGaesco) | Although a simultaneous investment recommendation for oil and airline stocks might seem a contradiction in terms, the fact they are both heavily influenced by oil prices gives them a very important element in common. Oil is an earning driver for the oil industry, while for the airlines sector it is an important costs’ element, accounting for over 20% of the total. Repsol and IAG are currently good bets.
Carax Alphavalue |The European pharmaceutical sector hit record highs almost two years ago, since when it has had an overall disappointing performance. So far this year, there has been no sign of its defensive qualities, although it continues to pay attractive dividends.
Spanish pharmaceutical and healthcare firm Grifols has obtained approval from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market the physiological saline solution which the company manufactures at its plant in Las Torres de Cotillas (Murcia). This is very positive for the group’s hospital division and, in particular, for its presence in the US.
ACS’ subsidiary Cobra has won a contract worth 126 million euros to build various electricity transmission lines in Brazil, boosting its portfolio of these projects in that country to 3 billion euros.
Italian motorway and airports operator Atlantia is considering a tie-up with Spain’s Abertis by launching a tender offer. The transaction is valued at some 15-16 billion euros, taking into account the current market value of Abertis. The offer will be made partly in cash and partly in Atlantia shares, with the end result a merger between the two companies.
Telefónica’s share price has made a strong recovery so far this year and is now trading around 10,3 euros, meaning it has gained no less than 31% from last year’s minimum levels. New executive chairman Jose María Álvarez-Pallete has played a big part in this comeback.
Ailing department store chain El Corte Ingles lived splendidly before Amancio Ortega, Zara’s founder, began his rapid journey through the world of fashion retailing both at home and abroad. Galicia’s Inditex group has not stopped growing in sales and store openings.
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,
The Colombian government has finally decided to liquidate the electricity distributor Electricaribe, controlled by Gas Natural Fenosa. The company was intervened by the government last November, as a temporary preventitive measure.