Participants during the event.
HSBC Holdings beat forecasts with a 31 per cent rise in the first quarter profit, bolstered by a surge in income from its core Asian business due to the absence of legal and regulatory expenses borne in the year-ago quarter. Reining in costs has been one of the biggest challenges for HSBC Chief Executive John Flint
HSBC would offer rebates and fee reductions for small and medium-sized companies in Hong Kong, as the city’s economy struggles. Hong Kong is on the verge of its first recession in a decade, weighed down by the prolonged US-China trade war
HSBC ousted John Flint as chief executive after just 18 months in a shock move the chairman of Europe’s biggest bank said was needed to speed up progress on priority areas such as the turnaround of its US business.
Standard Chartered and HSBC, two of Hong Kong’s biggest banks, on Thursday have slashed their key benchmark rates in the city, their largest market. The move is bracing for its first recession since the global financial crisis following months of protests that is still continuing.
The blue-chip FTSE 100 was down 0.1%, The mid-cap FTSE 250 dipped 0.3%, with losses in industrial, energy and tech-related stocks.
US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures slipped 17 cents, or 0.41%, to $41.78 a barrel by 0651 GMT, while Brent crude fell 17 cents, or 0.38%, to $44.92. Both contracts had traded higher earlier in the day.
Global equity markets slipped and bond yields fell on Thursday as investors awaited an agreement on a US aid package to mitigate the fallout from the coronavirus crisis, with poor corporate earnings reports also weighing on European shares.