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FTSE 100 Rises as Oil, Mining Stocks Gain Ahead of Powell Speech

Jan 17, 2024

FTSE 100 Rises as Oil, Mining Stocks Gain Ahead of Powell Speech

0836 GMT - The FTSE 100 rises 0.3% to 7352.74, led by gains in heavyweight oil and mining stocks as the price of a barrel of Brent crude rises 0.9% to $83.71, while base-metal prices edge higher. Traders stay cautious, however, ahead of a speech later by Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell at the Jackson Hole symposium, where any suggestion that rates could rise further would hurt risk appetite and weigh on equities. "It would take a brave person to load up on shares just before Federal Reserve chair Jerome Powell makes his speech later today," writes Russ Mould, investment director at AJ Bell. Chilean miner Antofagasta rises 2% while oil giant BP is up 1.2%. ([email protected])


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Watches of Switzerland Shares Dive on Rolex's Acquisition of Bucherer

Shares of Watches of Switzerland Group fell as much as 29% in early trade after Rolex agreed to buy watch retailer Bucherer in a deal that will give it more control over how its watches are sold.


Watches of Switzerland Could Be Cannibalized by Rolex's Plans

0829 GMT - Watches of Switzerland investors could be fearing that Rolex's acquisition of Bucherer would confirm that Rolex's mid to long-term strategy is to capture more of the value chain, RBC Capital Markets analysts Piral Dadhania and Richard Chamberlain say in a note. Rolex's distribution consolidation through its own network would cannibalize other retail players, including Watches of Switzerland, they say. "Bucherer is a foot in the door, and now that it is capitalised by Rolex, it could pursue a more aggressive expansion plan if it chooses too," the analysts add. This distribution-strategy shift has a precedent in sporting goods retailers, with brand owners like Nike and Adidas building their own retail distribution over the time, they add. ([email protected])


Watches of Switzerland's Share Drop Brings Buy Opportunity, RBC Says

0812 GMT - Watches of Switzerland's share drop after Rolex's acquisition of Bucherer is likely based on unsubstantiated fears around Rolex's longer-term distribution strategy, which brings a potential near-term buying opportunity, RBC Capital Markets analysts Piral Dadhania and Richard Chamberlain say in a note. Rolex could mainly be securing stability for one of its key distribution partners given the specific succession considerations, and is unlikely to further venture into retail activities, they say. In this scenario, Bucherer would continue to operate at arms length while Rolex would maintain a normal relationship with all other partners, the analysts highlight. RBC has an outperform rating on Watches of Switzerland stock and a price target of 900 pence. Shares are down 28% to 500 pence. ([email protected])


Moneysupermarket.com Share Price Doesn't Reflect Potential

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