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LIVE MARKETS-Dividends almost safe with telcos, but political risks loom

Mon 6th April, 2020 10:12am
* Shares jump as Covid-19 deaths slow * Stoxx up 2.5%, FTSE 100 gaining 1.7% Welcome to the home for real-time coverage of European equity markets brought to you by Reuters stocks reporters. You can share your thoughts with Thyagaraju Adinarayan (, Joice Alves ( and Julien Ponthus ( in London. DIVIDENDS ALMOST SAFE WITH TELCOS, BUT POLITICAL RISKS LOOM (0912 GMT) European telcos are thought to be somewhat of a dividend safe-haven even in a pandemic-induced recession scenario, but Barclays warns there are some risks of 'political' pay-out cuts. With cash at hand to cover at least 24 months of refinancing needs and no pressure to preserve cash as capital buffer like banks do, Barclays says the sector is a "relative dividend safe haven in these environments given their strong and resilient FCF generation". The investment bank recently cut its free cash flow estimates for EU Telecoms by some 10% for COVID-19 but believes dividends are relatively safe with the only risk appearing to be political. Some "telcos could feel some pressure to make financial concessions to wider stakeholder", Barclays argues, noting that governments could impose restrictions on companies requesting state aid. Following cuts at Telia TELIA.ST and Proximus PROX.BR , Barclays now models a dividend cut only at BT BT.L , while KPN KPN.AS is seen as safest. (Stefano Rebaudo) ***** CORONAVIRUS STOCK PICKING: WHAT WOULD MOM AND POP DO? (0852 GMT) Netflix and chill? When it comes to stock picking, UK retail investors seem to trust in what they see around them and that's TV binge watching and Amazon deliveries. "Many retail investors are investing in the companies we are all turning to help us weather the COVID-19 storm, such as streaming services like Netflix, delivery services like Amazon and supermarkets like Tesco", said Iqbal Gandham, UK Managing Director at eToro. The trading platform has just released the top 20 most bought shares in March and here's how it looks: (Julien Ponthus) ***** OPENING SNAPSHOT: RISK-ON (0730 GMT) Investors have clearly switched to risk-on this morning with the pan-European STOXX 600 up about 3%. All regional bourses and industry indexes are firmly in the black as faith that lockdowns are proving effective in flattening the curve of the outbreak boost morale. Travel and Leisure stocks, a typical gauge of coronavirus fear and greed, are rising 4.6% with stocks at the front line of the crisis, such as cruise operator Carnival up 12%. Cyclical stocks are also in high demand with the automotive sector leading gains with a whopping 6% rise. Another big winner is Rolls-Royce which scrapped its final 2019 dividend but said it secured an additional 1.5 billion pound revolving credit facility, bringing its overall liquidity to 6.7 billion pounds. (Julien Ponthus) ***** ON THE RADAR: LIGHT-AT-THE-END-OF-THE-TUNNEL RALLY (0650 GMT) The perception that the lockdowns implemented throughout Europe are starting to show some results is boosting sentiment this morning with surging futures pointing to a likely rally when the bell rings. While falling oil prices were keeping a lid on investors' optimism earlier, brent crude futures are now paring losses on hopes Russia and Saudi Arabia are getting closer to deal to cut production. That said there’s nothing particularly rejoicing in macro and corporate headlines this morning. For instance for auto stocks, export expectations in Germany's have fallen to their lowest level since March 2009 and new car registrations in Britain are expected to show an annual drop of more than 40% in March. In the battered travel and leisure sector, Norwegian Air's passenger volume fell by 60% year-on-year in March. British aero-engine maker Rolls-Royce also said it was scrapping its targets and had decided against paying its last dividend. Some investors seem reluctant however to adjust to the brave new world of a coronavirus-struck economy which includes acceptance of dividend cuts (German regulator telling banks to refrain from paying dividends) and actually willingness to inject fresh cash (WH Smith securing new lending facilities conditional on raising new equity). HSBC shareholders in Hong Kong are mulling possible legal action against the bank's scrapping of dividend payments. Stelios Haji-Ioannou, the founder of easyJet, has warned that he will not inject any fresh equity into the airline until it terminates a contract with Airbus for 4.5 billion pounds. That being said some companies are still sticking with shareholders payouts and are being rewarded for that. AMS is seen jumping at the open with its buyback program. One headline which just shows how times are changing fast is Singapore finance minister saying all adult Singaporeans will get a one-off payment of S$600. Helicopter money isn’t just an eccentric economic concept: it’s news. (Julien Ponthus) ***** MORNING CALL: POSITIVE MOOD (0540 GMT) European futures and their U.S. peers are trading convincingly in the black - over 3% - this morning as hopes that lockdowns implemented throughout the continent to fight the spread of the coronavirus outbreak are starting to show some results. Sentiment was also positive in Asia overnight with MSCI's broadest index of Asian shares outside of Japan up about 1.5% and Japan's Nikkei rising 2.7%. A big downer however is that oil prices are still suffering from oversupply concerns after Saudi-Russian negotiations to cut output were delayed. Another worry for the London bourse is that Boris Johnson was still in hospital on Monday morning, suffering persistent coronavirus symptoms 10 days after testing positive for the virus. (Julien Ponthus) ***** <^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ gh IMAGE sdfg IMAGE ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^> (Reporting by Thyagaraju Adinarayan, Joice Alves and Julien Ponthus and)
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