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FCC’s foreign income exceeds domestic for the first time in its history

Report by Julia Pastor, in Madrid | FCC has obtained €178 million in the first nine months of 2011, which means a 6,9% less than in in the same period of 2010, according to a  Friday’s company press release. Nevertheless, FCC’s internationalisation process, with a growing income from foreign markets of almost 9,9% reaching €4.309 billion, represents a milestone in FCC’s 100 years history: for the first time, income coming…


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Repsol YPF makes largest oil discovery in its history

MADRID | Repsol has found in Argentina new reserves equivalent to YPF’s. The site is located in Argentina’s Neuquén province in the region known as Vaca Muerta, with a total area of 30,000 square kms, of which Repsol YPF has 12,000 square kms. The company has confirmed the existence of large volumes of unconventional oil in the area of Loma La Lata. These resources would transform the energy potential of…


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NH moves into China searching for growth

China's HNA Group and Spain's company NH Hoteles announced the set up in 2012 of a hotel management company in China. HNA will inject €330 million into the Spanish company by December 15, according to the terms of the deal. The joint venture signals NH's use a growth strategy through low-risk deals, such as management of third-party owned hotels, to expand its business. Spain's NH Hoteles (see graphic with key financials) ranks…


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Spanish consortium wins the Mecca-Medina €6.7bn HSR macro contract

From El País, details on the largest Spanish overseas contract so far after a Spanish consortium, in which Saudi companies are also involved, has been awarded the project of building a high-speed line (High-Speed Railway) that will connect the cities of Medina, Jeddah and Mecca in Saudi Arabia, “with a budget of 6.736 million of euros, as reported by the Saudi Railways Organization on its website. ” The Ministry of Public Works…


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BofA’s political football

NEW YORK | Bank of America’s decision to charge customers $5 a month to use their debit cards starting sometime next year has risen an enormous outrage in the US. The company’s stock price has fallen (as of October 4, earnings estimates had fallen to 19 cents a share from 27 cents on Aug. 1). Customers have complained. The bank’s website has experienced significant problems that some believe might be…


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BofA's political football

NEW YORK | Bank of America’s decision to charge customers $5 a month to use their debit cards starting sometime next year has risen an enormous outrage in the US. The company’s stock price has fallen (as of October 4, earnings estimates had fallen to 19 cents a share from 27 cents on Aug. 1). Customers have complained. The bank’s website has experienced significant problems that some believe might be…




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CaixaBank adds to Spain's flame for socially responsible investing

Two Spanish supersector leaders, as Dow Jones and Sam call them, made it into this year’s Dow Jones Sustainability Index: they are Enagas and Repsol. If you have not heard about this list until now, here is a briefing: Launched in 1999, the DJSI are the first global indexes tracking the financial performance of the leading sustainability-driven companies worldwide. Today, the index family has approximately USD 8 billion in assets under management…


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CaixaBank adds to Spain’s flame for socially responsible investing

Two Spanish supersector leaders, as Dow Jones and Sam call them, made it into this year’s Dow Jones Sustainability Index: they are Enagas and Repsol. If you have not heard about this list until now, here is a briefing: Launched in 1999, the DJSI are the first global indexes tracking the financial performance of the leading sustainability-driven companies worldwide. Today, the index family has approximately USD 8 billion in assets under management…