February 28, 2024

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16 minutes ago

Catalent rises after accepting takeover bid from Novo Holdings

Catalent shares rose more than 12% after the company reached an agreement with Novo Holdings for $63.50 per share in cash. The deal values ​​Catalent at $16.5 billion on an enterprise value basis.

“Over the past several years, Catalent has built a comprehensive, integrated offering of services and capabilities to drive innovation in the healthcare system and improve patient outcomes. This transaction is a testament to our team’s hard work and dedication to this mission,” Alessandro Maselli, CEO of Catalent, said in a statement. .

The transaction is expected to close in late 2024.

7 hours ago

China's CSI 300 index continues to decline for the sixth day, and Hong Kong markets rise

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Shanghai Composite Index

Chinese stocks are set for a sixth straight daily loss, weighed down by a sell-off in small stocks despite more official pledges over the weekend to stabilize the country's financial markets.

The CSI300 index, which includes the largest blue-chip stocks trading in Shanghai and Shenzhen, fell as much as 2.1% before paring losses to trade 0.8% lower in mid-afternoon. It is holding at levels not seen since late January 2019.

The CSI1000 index of small-cap A-cap stocks fell more than 5% in mid-afternoon trading after earlier falling as much as nearly 9%.

However, more liquid Chinese offshore listings in Hong Kong have deviated from their local counterparts. The H-share index fell by as much as 1.5% before recovering its losses to trade 0.9% higher.

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After onshore markets fell as much as 3% before paring losses on Friday, the China Securities Regulatory Commission announced I pledged on Sunday To protect investors' interests, including cracking down on illegal activities such as harmful short selling, insider trading and fraud.

The reduction in cash reserves that mainland banks must maintain began on Monday, and is likely to ease the cash crunch in the final week of trading before the week-long Lunar New Year holiday.

– Clement Tan

5 hours ago

JPMorgan Asset Management says the Fed doesn't need to rush into cutting interest rates

The US Federal Reserve does not need to “rush” to cut interest rates, according to JP Morgan Asset Management, as more economic data pointed to a strong US economy.

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell poured cold water on market expectations for faster interest rate cuts, saying in an interview aired Sunday that the central bank will proceed cautiously in its tightening cycle and will likely move at a much slower pace.

“Why risk causing inflation to accelerate again? I think that's what (Powell) was thinking and our base case is that in June they will probably start thinking about cutting interest rates,” said Jonathan Liang, former head of the Bank of Asia in Japan. . Income investing professionals at JPMorgan Asset Management told CNBC's “Squawk Box Asia.”

Liang said he expects four interest rate cuts by the Fed of 25 basis points each starting in June, but warned that if what Powell said causes any tightening in financial conditions, the US economy may not be as strong going into the second half. From this year.

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“And then they might have to cut more,” Liang said.

Data on Friday showed the United States Non-farm jobs It expanded by 353,000 in January, nearly double Dow Jones' estimate of 185,000 additions. The unemployment rate for the month stood at 3.7%, versus estimates of 3.8%.

– Shreyashi Sanyal

6 hours ago

Mitsui Fudosan shares hit a record high as the activist reportedly calls for a massive buyback

Mitsui Fudosan shares jumped as much as 11.8% in afternoon trading to reach a record high of 4,100 yen.

The Financial Times reported that the American activist investment company Elliott Management invited the largest real estate group in Japan to launch a project. Trillion yen ($6.74 billion) buyback plan..

Elliott also called on the company to sell its $3.6 billion stake in Oriental Land, which operates Tokyo Disneyland, the report said, citing people familiar with both Elliott and Mitsui.

Oriental Land shares fell 3.2%. Mitsui currently owns a 5.4% stake in Oriental Land, according to LSEG data, making it Oriental's second-largest shareholder.

The broader Topix index rose 0.7%, while the Nikkei 225 added 0.6%.

– Shreyashi Sanyal

11 hours ago

The Fed will move “cautiously” on interest rate cuts, Powell told 60 Minutes

In an interview with CBS' 60 Minutes on Sunday, Fed Chairman Jerome Powell said the Fed would move “cautiously” on cutting interest rates and suggested the market might be betting on too many cuts.

“We want to see more evidence that inflation is moving sustainably toward 2%,” Powell added. “Our confidence is rising. We just want a little more confidence before we take that very important step of starting to cut interest rates,” Powell told Scott Pelley on 60 Minutes, according to a CBS transcript.

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“We will update [the outlook] At the March meeting. “I will say, though, that nothing has happened in the meantime that would lead me to believe that people will change their expectations significantly,” Powell added.

— Jesse Pound, Jeff Cox

12 hours ago

The week is under review

Here are the market statistics for the past week:

  • The Dow Jones rose 1.43% for the week, the fourth positive week in a row.
  • The S&P 500 rose 1.38% for the week, the fourth positive week in a row.
  • The Nasdaq Composite rose 1.12% for the week, the fourth positive week in a row.
  • All three major averages have risen in 13 of the past 14 weeks.

– Jesse Pound, Christopher Hayes

12 hours ago

Stock futures contracts are open

Stock futures were quiet when trading began at 6pm in New York, with the three major futures contracts all trading up 0.1% from their previous close.

-Jesse Pound