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Enterprise Value £38.65bn
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LIVE MARKETS-Trade-sensitive tech stocks climb on Huawei relief

Tue 21st May, 2019 8:21am
* Chipmakers gain after U.S. eases some Huawei restrictions * European stocks up 0.2-0.4% * Norsk Hydro climbs 5.2% on Alunorte embargo lift * Sonova hits record high after results May 21 - Welcome to the home for real-time coverage of European equity markets brought to you by Reuters stocks reporters and anchored today by Helen Reid. Reach her on Messenger to share your thoughts on market moves: TRADE-SENSITIVE TECH STOCKS CLIMB ON HUAWEI RELIEF (0721 GMT) It's the usual suspects gaining today as the pendulum swings again towards hopes that escalating U.S.-China tensions may ultimately moderate. Trump's move to ease restrictions on Huawei is boosting chipmakers Infineon, STMicro, and AMS up 1.4 to 3.5%, with the tech sector climbing 1.1%. The autos & suppliers sector .SXAP was also a top gainer, up as much as 1.1%, but quickly fell back to trade up just 0.5% - a sign investors aren't especially hopeful of trade tensions more broadly being defused. Norsk Hydro is top of the STOXX, rising 5.2% after a Brazilian court lifted its embargo on the company's Alunorte alumina plant. Telecom Italia is rising 3.3% after its results slightly beat expectations. The telecoms sector is the only one in the red for this year, and with sentiment so negative any sign of progress is very well received by the market. Sonova is also rising 4.2% and hit a record high after it beat second-half expectations. Here's your opening snapshot: (Helen Reid) ***** WHAT'S ON THE RADAR: TRADE WAR RELIEF, EYES ON FRESNILLO, TELECOM ITALIA (0653 GMT) An easing of restrictions on Chinese tech company Huawei was set to deliver some relief to European markets on Tuesday, with futures up 0.4 to 0.6%, recovering after the STOXX 600 had its worst day in a week. What one trader called an “austerity drive” at Daimler could help the German carmaker’s shares up: it plans to cut administration costs by 20%, according to a Handelsblatt report citing sources. Traders saw the stock rising around 1%. With results slowing to a trickle, Telecom Italia stood out: Italy's biggest phone group was hit by stronger competition in the first quarter, sending its domestic revenues and core earnings down. Swiss hearing aid maker Sonova reported an increase in full-year sales, sending its shares up 2% in pre-market, while the outlook was mixed for German retailer Ceconomy: Q2 earnings declined but EBITDA slightly beat expectations, while management struck a negative tone about a challenging market environment. Miner Fresnillo also said it expects 2019 to be more challenging than 2018, and traders saw the stock falling 2-5% after the company missed its long-term silver target. In the UK, mortgage competition took its toll on lender Nationwide, driving profit down, while supermarket chain Tesco said it would stop mortgage lending at its bank unit also due to fierce competition. Builder Galliford Try said it would cut 350 jobs in a strategic review shifting its focus to its "core strengths" in building, water, and highways. And UK water utility Severn Trent warned on the impact of potential renationalisation of water utilities, which it says remains a possibility if the government changes. It said nationalisation may impact its ability to deliver on its strategic objectives. Its shares were seen rising 2% after its full-year results met estimates. (Helen Reid) ***** HUAWEI RELIEF DRIVES EUROPEAN FUTURES UP (0622 GMT) Futures are up strongly, rising 0.4 to 0.6% in Europe as an easing of restrictions on Huawei delivers some relief to the market. An interesting theme coming out of results in the UK: mortgage competition. Lender Nationwide reported annual profits fell due to heightened competition in the mortgage market, and Britain's biggest supermarket chain Tesco said it would stop mortgage lending at its bank unit, also due to cut-throat competition. Water utility Severn Trent also touches on a hot-button topic of the moment: the possibility of renationalisation of utilities under an opposition Labour government. The company said renationalisation "remains a possibility" in the event of a change of government. Britain's Nationwide annual profit falls on mortgage market competition*:nL4N22W3BK Britain's Tesco to stop mortgage lending at bank unit*:nFWN22W0T7 Severn Trent Says Renationalisation Of Water Industry Remains Possibility In Event Of Change Of Govt*:nASP0011VL Homeserve Says Expects To Deliver "Further Strong Growth" In Fiscal 2020*:nFWN22W0QR (Helen Reid) ***** DIA RESCUE DEAL, DAIMLER COST-CUTTING DRIVE, TELECOM ITALIA RESULTS (0558 GMT) With results slowing to a trickle, Telecom Italia, Sonova, and Ceconomy are the main earnings focus, while DIA and Daimler have also made headlines. Spanish retailer DIA avoided insolvency proceedings at the last minute, agreeing a deal with Santander after the close yesterday to secure financing. German carmaker Daimler is on an austerity push, planning to cut administration costs by 20%, in order to reach profit margin targets threatened by global trade woes, according to a Handelsblatt report. And Italy's biggest phone group was hit by stronger competition in the first quarter, sending its domestic revenues and core earnings down. Here are your early headlines: Spanish retailer DIA strikes rescue deal with banks*:nL5N22W4GY Daimler plans to cut administration costs by 20% - Handelsblatt*:nL5N22W5F0 Telecom Italia core earnings fall 2.1% in Q1, meet expectations*:nFWN22W0AG HSBC plans more China tech jobs in push for market share*:nL4N22W0HQ Sonova full year sales rise 4.4% to 2.8 bln Sfr*:nL5N22X0IJ Ceconomy Confirms FY 2018/2019 Outlook*:nS8N22Q04J (Helen Reid) ***** RESPITE FOR EUROPEAN STOCKS? (0521 GMT) European stocks are again expected to rise at the open, but how long that will last is debatable after yesterday's hopeful start yielded to heavy losses by the end of the day - its worst in a week. Asian shares won some respite on Tuesday after Washington temporarily eased trade restrictions imposed last week on China's Huawei, although fears of a further escalation in tensions kept investors on edge.*:nL4N22X13M The U.S. government has temporarily eased trade restrictions imposed last week on China's Huawei, a move aimed at minimizing disruption for its customers but dismissed by its founder who said the tech firm had prepared for U.S. action.*:nL2N22W19U Financial spreadbetters expect London's FTSE to open 21 points higher at 7,332, Frankfurt's DAX to open 58 points higher at 12,100, and Paris' CAC to open 12 points higher at 5,371. (Helen Reid) ***** <^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ BLOG HEADSHOT FUTURES MAY 21 OPENING SNAPSHOT MAY 21 ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^> (Reporting by Helen Reid, Danilo Masoni, Josephine Mason and Thyagaraju Adinarayan)
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