The FTSE 100 is called to open 19 points higher at 7440.
U.S. equities rose, with technology shares rallying after strong earnings from Facebook Inc. and Advanced Micro Devices Inc. offered a reprieve for bulls. The yield on 10-year Treasuries fell below 3 percent. The Nasdaq 100 Index surged 2.1 percent, with Facebook notching its best day in two years and AMD lifting beleaguered chipmakers. Intel Corp. reports after the U.S. close. Rate-sensitive shares advanced as the 10-year yield fell for the first time in nine days. Crude oil rose and gold declined.
The Times: Amazon registered a record quarterly profit that was almost triple analysts’ forecasts on the back of strong cloud computing business; its shares jumped 7.4% yesterday.
Upgrades and downgrades
Ashmore upgraded to overweight at Barclays; PT 4.65 Pounds
Assa Abloy upgraded to hold at DNB Markets; PT 185 Kronor
Hunting upgraded to hold at Investec; PT 8.20 Pounds
Outotec upgraded to buy at DNB Markets; Price Target 7.60Euros
Straumann upgraded to buy at Kepler Cheuvreux; PT 740 Francs
Tomra upgraded to hold at SEB Equities; PT 140 Kroner
Unieuro upgraded to buy at Kepler Cheuvreux
Vesuvius upgraded to buy at Investec; Price Target 6.50 Pounds
Ahold Delhaize downgraded to neutral at Goldman; PT 20.40 Euros
Jupiter downgraded to underweight at Barclays; PT 3.95 Pounds
Kion downgraded to neutral at JPMorgan; PT 71 Euros
Klovern downgraded to hold at DNB Markets; PT 11.20 Kronor
Tele Columbus downgraded to neutral at Goldman; PT 8 Euros
Melrose announces that it has now acquired, unconditionally contracted to acquire or received valid acceptances of the Offer in respect of more than 90 per cent. of the value of the GKN Shares to which the Offer relates and more than 90 per cent. of the voting rights carried by such shares.
Merlin Entertainments said that its performance during the seasonally quiet start of the year has been in line with expectations, although visitor numbers at its London-based attractions remain low.
Daimler Raises Ebit Forecast to Slight Growth From About Flat.
Laird said that first-quarter revenue was largely flat on year, and that business continues to be profitable and in line with expectations.
Renault 1Q Rev. EU13.2b, Est. EU13.8b.
Airbus Reports Unexpected First Quarter Profit.
BBVA First Quarter Net Income Beats Highest Estimate
Amundi 1Q Net Income Jumps on Pioneer; 1Q Inflow Beats Estimates
Aker Solutions 1Q Adjusted Ebitda Misses Lowest Est.
CaixaBank First Quarter Net Income Beats Highest Estimate
RBS First Quarter Net Income Beats Estimates
Total Denies Speculation It’s Mulling Santos, Oil Search Offers
Gemalto First Quarter Revenue EU650 Mln
Travis Perkins Says 1Q Trading ‘Solid,’ FY Views Unchanged
EON to Start Voluntary Public Takeover for Innogy on Friday:BZ
Electrolux 1Q Adjusted Operating Profit Beats Est.
Eni First Quarter Adjusted Operating Profit Misses Estimates
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