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LIVE MARKETS-On our radar: AMS, Suedzucker, GVC, Mediobanca

Thu, 8th Oct 2020 07:45

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 Joice Alves (joice.alves@thomsonreuters.com)
and Julien Ponthus (julien.ponthus@thomsonreuters.com) in London and Stefano Rebaudo
(stefano.rebaudo@thomsonreuters.com) and Danilo Masoni (danilo.masoni@thomsonreuters.com) in
Milan.

ON OUR RADAR: AMS, SUEDZUCKER, GVC, MEDIOBANCA (0645 GMT)

Renewed hopes for more U.S. stimulus are pushing European futures up after House Speaker
Nancy Pelosi disparaged Trump for backing away from talks on a deal with lawmakers.

In the corporate world there is a mix batch of results. For instance, sensor maker AMS
unexpectedly reported 13% drop in revenue, and announced new measures to secure long-term
financing after the takeover of Germany's Osram.

While Suedzucker, Europe's largest sugar refiner, posted a 142% surge in
second-quarter earnings but a disappointing sugar beet crop expected in Europe this year, weaker
trend in world sugar prices and COVID-19 are still creating uncertainty for the sugar sector, it
said.

Ladbrokes and bwin owner GVC Holdings raised its estimates of annual core earnings
after posting a stronger third-quarter revenue, helped by a surge in online gaming and as sports
events such as the English Premier League resumed.

British airline easyJet warned it would report a loss of as much as 845 million
pounds in its last financial year.

Meantime, British fund supermarket Hargreaves Lansdown took in 800 million pounds
of net new business in the quarter to Sept. 30, despite what it described as weakening investor
sentiment arising from COVID-19 and Brexit uncertainty.

Flavour and fragrance maker Givaudan said like-for-like sales growth accelerated to
3.1% in the third quarter as demand for items like toothpaste and soap held up and sales of
perfume improved slowly.

In Italy, eyewear tycoon Leonardo Del Vecchio said he is ready to support ambitious plans
for Mediobanca after raising his stake in Italy's top investment bank to just above
10%, according to an interview with daily Il Messaggero.

In M&A, U.S. business analytics firm Dun & Bradstreet Holdings said it will acquire
European data and analytics firm Bisnode from Swedish private equity firm Ratos.

(Joice Alves and Danilo Masoni)

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MORNING CALL: STIMULUS HOPES (0540 GMT)

Expectations of more U.S. stimulus measures are boosting global appetite for risky assets.

As a result, European shares are seen opening high, following a gauge of Asian shares, which
climbed to a one-month high.

After the U.S. President Trump shut down the negotiations with lawmakers in Washington on a
coronavirus package, he wrote on Twitter that Congress should pass money for airlines, small
businesses and stimulus checks of $1,200 for individuals.

All eyes will be on U.S. employment data due later in the day, which will likely show the
recovery in the country is losing steam.

Financial spreadbetters at IG expect London's FTSE to open 13 points higher at 5,959,
Frankfurt's DAX to open 49 points up at 12,978 and Paris' CAC to open 20 points higher at 4,902.

(Joice Alves)

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