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S&P cuts Grifols rating, while Fitch, Moody’s leave unchanged; the company reaffirms business plan

Bankinter | S&P has cut Grifols debt rating, while Moody’s and Fitch leave theirs unchanged. The board issues a statement reaffirming business plan. The updated ratings are: S&P B+ (previous BB-); Moody’s B1; Fitch BB-. S&P highlights that the process of debt reduction could go slower than forecast amid difficult market conditions. It has maintained its outlook at Neutral. Both Moody’s and Fitch flag Grifols’ market positioning, its integrated business model,…


The Right Wing Takes Over The Government In Italy

The coalition of conservatives, post-fascists and populists, led by Giorgia Meloni, won 44% of the votes in both Congress and the Senate, with 96% of the votes counted. “It is the time of responsibility, we will govern for all Italians”, said the very possible future prime minister after an election with a historic abstention rate. With a turnout of 63.9%, Giorgia Meloni’s Fratelli d’Italia had 26.2% of the vote, Enrico…


ACS reaches agreement with Texas Transport Department to renovate a bridge for an investment of €1B

Intermoney | ACS (ACS) (Buy, Target Price 40 euros/share) would have reached an agreement with the Texas Transport Department (TxDOT) related to the contract to renovate a bridge in Corpus Christi, according to the daily Cinco Dias. The investment required is 1 billion euros. The initial contract had been signed in 2015, but since then various problems with the design have appeared which have delayed the work being carried out. Faced with…


Deloitte calculates Aena’s 2020/2021 revenue deficit at €2.482 B

Banc Sabadell | Aena (AENA) is continuing to struggle to reopen the compensation analysis for Covid-19, which the Civil Aviation and the Government have both denied. Now, according to the daily Cinco Dias, Aena will have asked Deloitte to prepare a report. In this, the latter estimates the revenue deficit during 2020, as a result of Covid-19, at 1.394 billion euros ( vs 1.364 billion published by the CNMC) and during…

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Shinzo Abe’s Economic Legacy: A Glass Half Full

Alicia García Herrero (Natixis) | The assassination on 8 July 2022 of Japan’s longest-serving prime minister Shinzo Abe was one of the most shocking and saddest events in contemporary Japanese history. Abe had surprised Japanese citizens with his sudden health-related resignation in 2020. His resignation opened the way for Japan’s then foreign minister, Fumio Kishida, to win Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) support and the November 2021 general election, to become…

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ECB: “Better Late than Never”

ifo President Clemens Fuest has welcomed the European Central Bank’s decision to raise interest rates.  “Better late than never,” he said in Berlin on Thursday. “The 0.75 percent increase is a step in the right direction. Nevertheless, monetary policy remains very expansionary. Over the coming months, further interest rate increases will have to follow. Interest rates are still very low, and private households’ inflation expectations are constantly climbing higher. The…

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Real Estate Bubble? Not In Spain

According to a report by the Bank for International Settlements, global real house prices increased by 4.6% year on year in aggregate in the first quarter of 2022. This strong growth in real terms reflected a surge (+11.2%) in nominal terms – the first double-digit one recorded since the eve of the Great Financial Crisis – partly offset by the acceleration in consumer price indices. Real house price developments continued…

European economy

Business activity in Germany declines for second consecutive month; France activity also drops for first time in 18 months

The downturn in the German private sector economy deepened in August, as business activity fell for the second month running and at a fasterrate in August. This is according to the latest ‘flash’ PMI® data from S&P Global. The deepening downturn was linked by surveyed businesses to a combination of factors, S&P Global noted. These included uncertainty, high inflation and rising interest rates. That said, companies’ expectations registered an uptick…


Garanti BBVA cut to junk by Fitch

Alphavalue | BBVA (Add, Target Price 6,41 euros/share): Credit rating agency Fitch has warned that the political instability in Turkey steps up the risk of an intervention in the banking system by Erdogan’s government. Fitch has cut the rating of the Spanish bank’s Turkish subsidiary Garanti BBVA to the category of junk bonds.

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IAG exercises option on 20% of Air Europa; becomes second largest shareholder in Spanish airline

In a historic move in the Spanish airline sector, the IAG group has now become the second largest shareholder in Air Europa, according to today’s Cinco Dias. In an announcement to Spanish Stock Market Regulator (CNMV) this morning, the holding which controls Iberia announced it has taken up the option on a 20% stake in Air Europa, the newspaper said. This option on the stake is part of an agreement…