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HoHoHo: StanChart gives more pain

In Emerging markets, Temasek on 25/03/2016 at 6:39 am

In London, StanChart fell 7.8% after after Australian peer ANZ warned of a further deterioration in credit quality.

FT reports

“Whilst we believe to some extent ANZ’s issues are company specific, ongoing commodity price weakness is likely to translate into higher losses for the sector,” said Macquarie. Oil and metals producers account for about 6 per cent of StanChart’s lending book.

More bad news

Separately, Morgan Stanley advised clients to sell into StanChart’s 25 per cent rally from February lows.

Lower-for-longer interest rates, contracting Asian export volumes and pressure on Hong Kong mortgages as lenders compete for low-risk assets make StanChart’s long-term targets look “heroic”, Morgan Stanley said, adding: “We see revenue as the next challenge and without deeper cost cutting we struggle to see how the 8 per cent 2018 return-on-equity guidance can be met.”

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