HSBC pre-tax annual profit jumps 78%, misses market estimates

Customers use automated teller machines (ATM) at an HSBC Holdings Plc bank branch at night in Hong Kong, China, on Saturday, Feb 16, 2019. Anthony Kwan | Bloomberg | Getty Images HSBC reported on Wednesday its full year 2023 pre-tax profit climbed about 78% to $30.3 billion from a year ago, missing median estimates of … Read more

Barclays jumps 6% after announcing major strategic overhaul

LONDON – Nov. 5, 2020: Fog shrouds the Canary Wharf business district including global financial institutions Citigroup Inc., State Street Corp., Barclays Plc, HSBC Holdings Plc and the commercial office block No. 1 Canada Square. Dan Kitwood | Getty Images News | Getty Images LONDON — Barclays on Tuesday reported a fourth-quarter net loss of … Read more

UK inflation holds steady at 4%, lower than expected

London was the No. 2 most-visited city in the world for 2023, according to Euromonitor International. Karl Hendon | Moment | Getty Images LONDON — U.K. inflation held steady at 4% year-on-year in January on the back of easing prices for furniture and household goods, food and non-alcoholic beverages. Month-on-month, the headline consumer price index … Read more

BP accelerates pace of share buybacks even as full-year profit misses

BP in 2020 set out its ambition to become a net zero company “by 2050 or sooner.” Matt Cardy | Getty Images News | Getty Images British oil giant BP on Tuesday announced plans to boost shareholder returns, even after a sharp drop in full-year profits aligned with lower oil prices. The energy major posted … Read more

UBS beats earnings expectations, announces up to $1 billion share buyback

Fabrice Coffrini | Afp | Getty Images Swiss banking giant UBS on Tuesday narrowly beat fourth-quarter earnings expectations and announced that it would recommence share buybacks worth up to $1 billion in the second half of the year. The group posted a net loss attributable to shareholders of $279 million for the quarter, its second … Read more

Greta Thunberg cleared of public order offense in London oil protest

Environmental activist Greta Thunberg leaves Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London, England, on Feb. 1, 2024. Leon Neal | Getty Images News | Getty Images LONDON — Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg on Friday was cleared of a public order offense over a protest at an oil and gas conference in October. Thunberg was arrested Oct. … Read more

Euro zone inflation eases as expected, but core figures disappoint

Patrons at sidewalk tables of Janis bar in Cais do Sodre in Lisbon, Portugal. Horacio Villalobos | Corbis News | Getty Images Euro zone headline inflation eased slightly in January, flash figures published by the European Union’s statistics agency showed on Thursday, while core figures declined less than expected. Annual headline price rises came in … Read more

Shell beats expectations for full-year 2023 profit

A Shell logo displayed on a sign at a gas station in Nakuru, Kenya. Sopa Images | Lightrocket | Getty Images British oil giant Shell on Thursday beat expectations for full-year profit and announced a $3.5 billion share buyback program. Shell reported adjusted earnings of $28.25 billion for the full-year 2023. The firm logged its highest-ever annual … Read more

Sotheby’s wins art fraud lawsuit by Russian oligarch Rybolovlev

Dmitry Rybolovlev, president of As Monaco Football Club SA, arrives at court in New York on Jan. 9, 2024. Bloomberg | Bloomberg | Getty Images Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev on Tuesday lost a New York federal court lawsuit in which he had accused the Sotheby’s auction house of helping an art buyer defraud the oligarch … Read more

World’s largest sovereign wealth fund posts record $213 billion profit

The Norges Bank, Norway’s central bank, in Oslo, Norway, on Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2023. Bloomberg | Bloomberg | Getty Images Norway’s giant sovereign wealth fund on Tuesday reported record profit of 2.22 trillion kroner ($213 billion) in 2023, supported by robust returns on its investments in technology stocks. The so-called Government Pension Fund Global, one … Read more