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FTSE 100 Live: Amazon shares slide, Musk completes Twitter takeover

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FTSE 100 Live: Amazon shares slide, Musk completes Twitter takeover

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NatWest upbeat but shares fall

NatWest boss Alison Rose today said the high street lender continued to deliver a strong financial performance after third quarter profits improved on a year earlier to £1.1 billion

The impact of base rate rises meant the bank’s net interest margin of 2.99% was 27 basis points higher than the second quarter of the year.

NatWest has taken a bad debts charge of £242 million in relation to its core business, which it said reflected scenario planning rather than the underlying book performance where conditions continue to be benign.

Chief executive Alison Rose said: “The bank’s strong capital and liquidity mean we are able to help those who are likely to need it the most.”

Shares fell 6%, however, as increased inflationary pressures mean the bank no longer expects costs in 2023 to be broadly stable.

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Elon Musk fires Parag Agrawal as he completes Twitter takeover

Elon Musk is now in charge of Twitter and has ousted its top three executives.

Sources on Thursday night (early Friday morning UK) would not say if all the paperwork for the deal, originally valued at $44 billion (£38 billion), had been signed or if it had been closed.

However they said the South Africa-born entrepreneur was in charge of the firm and had dismissed chief executive Parag Agrawal, chief financial officer Ned Segal and general counsel Vijaya Gadde.

The billionaire appeared to confirm media reports of his takeover, tweeting shortly before 5am (UK time) on Friday: “the bird is freed”.

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Profits top £1 billion at British Airways owner IAG

Profits at British Airways owner IAG topped 1.2 billion euros (£1 billion) in the three months to September amid a return to overseas travel over the summer.

Revenues at the firm stood at 7.3 billion euros, around 1% higher than pre-pandemic levels despite continued travel restrictions in Asia and disruption at Heathrow airport.

Luis Gallego, IAG Chief Executive Officer, said: “All our airlines were significantly profitable and we are continuing to see strong passenger demand, while capacity and load factors recover.

“Leisure demand is particularly healthy and leisure revenue has recovered to pre-pandemic levels. Business travel continues to recover steadily.”

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FTSE 100 set to lose ground, Nasdaq points lower

The FTSE 100 index is expected to fall back today, having hit its highest level in over a month last night due to stronger energy stocks.

Disappointment over tech sector earnings and uncertainty ahead of next week’s interest rate decisions on both sides of the Atlantic means CMC Markets expects the FTSE 100 to open 47 points lower at 7026.

Futures markets are also pointing to a further 1% decline for the tech-led Nasdaq when trading resumes on Wall Street later.

Elsewhere, Brent crude was 1% lower at $95.97 a barrel and the pound was moderately lower at $1.153.

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Amazon fuels tech sector worries, shares down 20%

Amazon last night became the latest of Wall Street’s Big Tech companies to disappoint after the e-commerce giant warned of lower-than-expected profits due to increased labour and delivery expenses.

The firm also forecast fourth-quarter net sales of between $140 billion and $148 billion, significantly below analyst expectations of $155 billion according to Refinitiv data.

Net sales for the third quarter of $127 billion also came in slightly lower than the market consensus. Shares tumbled as much as 20% in after-hours trading.

Apple, meanwhile, posted quarterly numbers in line with expectations, despite iPhone revenues being short of Wall Street projections. Shares were broadly unchanged, having fallen 3% during regular trading on Thursday.

Valuations across the tech sector have slumped this week after five of the biggest companies accounting for 20% of the S&P 500 reported results. Shares in Microsoft and Google owner Alphabet also fell sharply following their updates on Tuesday.

Oanda analyst Edward Moya said last night: “A lot went wrong for big tech today; Apple’s holiday outlook underwhelmed, inflation pain is more noticeable, and unfavourable exchange rates will hurt future sales.”

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