MADRID | By Jaime Santisteban | BBVA takes a look on the bright side of the Spanish economy in 1Q14: growth, exports, domestic demand, labor market, public spending reduction. Santander urges the EU to hasten arrangements on SRM to meet Banking Union agenda. Otherwise, stress tests won’t have credibility.
Talk of the market
MADRID | By Jaime Santisteban | Amid the hot debate on when the banking union will be wrapped up, market makers are focusing on the main steps already taken: the ECB gets the decision-making power from the European Council and Germany tries to avoid that public money can be used in the transitional period. Link analysts don’t expect major fluctuations today, but they warn investors about some “red lights.”
MADRID | By Jaime Santisteban | Analysts favor Madrid’s new measure of overhauling loan refinancing rules for struggling companies, which will make it easier for those firms to arrange debt-for-equity swaps with their creditors. Also, the expected ECB’s non-move has been widely commented today, expectations cooled down. AFI experts believe the market is starting to assimilate the ECB will definitely seat on its hands unless unless inflation falls below 0.5% or recovery is threatened. Daimler’s amazing sales in China are also catching market makers’ attention today.
MADRID | By Jaime Santisteban | Action from the ECB to favor growth and liquidity would be welcomed in the euro zone, where GDP boosted by 0.2 % in 4Q13 after dropping by -0.3% in the prior term. Meanwhile, Sacyr will contribute €30 more million in guarantees to wrap up agreement in Panama and airline Iberia gets to balance offer and demand. Finally, Ibex 35 appreciated by 1.96 % in February and by 1.99 % year-to-date, according to our exclusive market consensus Consenso del Mercado.
MADRID | By Jaime Santisteban | Market makers are weighing in the new open stage in China after first corporate bonds default since Beijing started this kind of asset trade in the late 90’s. Also, Santander and BBVA saw their debt rating boosted by Moody’s.