FCC’s story has been marked present year by the mandatory takeover bid by Carlos Slim fund Inversora Carso. It was launched in March, and concluded on 15 July. Grupo Carso now owns 61.11% and is the largest shareholder of FCC, while Esther Koplowitz, with 20%, is the second-largest shareholder. The Spanish environmental services, infrastructure and waste management group also left Ibex35 just current week.Read More
Spain’s GDP growth rate in the first half of this year has been solid. In the second quarter, GDP expanded 0.7% quarter-on-quarter nearly in line with the 0.8% rise in the first quarter, translating into a 3.2% year-on-year increase. So overall, the balance for the first half of 2016 has been favourable. And the strong performance over this period means that it is very likely GDP growth will be close to 3% for the full-year. But there are downward risks for 2017.
Banco Santander registered attributable profit of EUR 2.911 billion in the first half of 2016, a 32% decrease compared to the same period of 2015. This decline is affected by one-offs and the depreciation against the euro of the currencies of the main countries where the Group is present.Read More
J.L.M. Campuzano (Spanish Banking Association) | Investors believe that the decision to cut UK interest rates again has only really been postponed. They also believe that it is only a matter of time before the ECB cuts the deposit rate again at the same time as it extends the deadline for asset purchases which is initially set for March 2017.Read More