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CommentWire
CommentWire

HSBC rights issue: much to be positive about

The long list of banks raising new money in the current crisis has been joined by HSBC, with the announcement of a GBP12.5 billion cash call. What singles the company's money-raising exercise out from the others is less the scale of the operation than the fact that it is acquiring cash in the traditional way, pointing not just to the bank's strength, but to fledgling faith in the banking industry.

Published By Datamonitor
10 Mar 2009
CommentWire
CommentWire

HSBC: rebranding its global private banking operations

HSBC has announced that it is to rebrand its global private banking operations amid concerns in the wider industry over the rebuilding of fee income and client confidence. This could be an effective approach, but only if it comes as part of a broader business transformation.

Published By Datamonitor
17 Feb 2009
Expert View
Expert View

Identity theft goes upmarket

UK credit reference agency Experian recently revealed that the rise it has seen in identity fraud has coincided with an increase in organized cyber crime. The agency's data has also revealed that a surprisingly large number of consumers were unaware of identity fraud committed against them until they were informed by a financial services firm, which throws up the issue of data theft reporting.

Published By Datamonitor
19 Apr 2007
Expert View
Expert View

Implications of rich web applications for business are multifold

As organizations roll out service-oriented architecture, they will turn to rich internet and web applications for the final link: the human-machine interface. Businesses therefore need to devise a web strategy and the question of using rich web applications, as well as experimenting with web 2.0 concepts, needs to be part of the consideration process.

Published By Datamonitor
26 Jun 2007
CommentWire
CommentWire

Interbrew: tactics, tactics, tactics

SAB would be a good target for Interbrew, and the Belgian firm is highly likely to make more acquisitions soon. However, it would be a mistake to read too much into the rumors. Interbrew is likely to have made the leak on purpose, but it's too early to work out its intentions. Whatever they are, they're unlikely to be as the document says.

Published By Datamonitor
29 Nov 2001
CommentWire
CommentWire

IOCs: facing difficult strategic choices

International oil companies (IOCs) are facing increasingly difficult challenges in the pursuit of sustainable development. Threatened by mounting pressure from shareholders and environmental groups, and restrained by limited access to high potential areas in Latin America, the Middle East, and Africa, IOCs must address these concerns while still offering value to their investors.

Published By Datamonitor
27 Apr 2010
CommentWire
CommentWire

Kellogg's: suffering losses after a challenging Q3

Breakfast giant Kellogg's has announced a net income fall of 6% in Q3, citing declining cereal sales and a product recall as key factors. While a recall is unusual and unforeseen, the result highlights the challenges posed in such a mature category. Kellogg's faces the problem not only of battling multiple competitors, but also the attitudes of consumers towards breakfast consumption in general.

Published By Datamonitor
03 Nov 2010
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Expert View

Maersk Q3 results: shipping lines continue to sail in rough waters

Shipping lines over the past year have experienced a sharp deterioration in revenues because of falling trade volumes, with Maersk expecting to suffer a net loss of $1 billion for 2009. Although the economy started to show signs of revival in the third quarter, the effect is yet to trickle down to the shipping lines and they continue to post subdued results.

Published By Datamonitor
18 Nov 2009
CommentWire
CommentWire

Man Group: seeking diversification in derivatives

Man Group's purchase of leading derivatives broker GNI from Old Mutual will create the world's largest independent futures broker. Man Group has profited well from the growth in hedge funds to become a giant in this sector, but as demand for such alternative investment is weakening, diversifying away from its core business looks like a strong plan.

Published By Datamonitor
22 Oct 2002
CommentWire
CommentWire

McDonald's: capitalizing on the downturn with an even greater presence

McDonald's has announced plans to open 1,000 new restaurants in 2009, even though the recession is starting to impact on its results. The company could succeed in its gamble by encouraging more consumers to downsize to its cheaper food offering, but it must not completely forget the importance of health and premium trends.

Published By Datamonitor
27 Jan 2009

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