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UBS chief executive Sergio Ermotti speaks during a press conference on the first results of the Swiss giant banking UBS since it's Credit Suisse merger in Zurich on August 31, 2023. UBS has decided that the Swiss unit of its recently-swallowed rival Credit Suisse will be
UBS chief executive Sergio Ermotti. UBS stock rose 5.3% this morning, taking it to its highest level since 2008. Photo: Fabrice Coffrini/ AFP/ Getty


UBS stock had risen about 5.3% by midday in London, charting its biggest one-day gain since March this year, and hitting the highest level since 2008.

The moves higher come following its first earning report, giving Q2 figures, since its takeover in March of Credit Suisse. These figures have been delayed by over a month because of the deal's complexities.

The group outlined targets including 3,000 domestic job cuts and more than $10bn (£7.89bn) in cost savings.

It reported a $29bn profit before tax, a result of the accounting difference between the $3.8bn price UBS paid for Credit Suisse and the value of the acquired lender’s balance sheet.

Salesforce (CRM)

Salesforce was up again in premarket trade on Thursday following a better than expected second quarter and upbeat earnings call on Wednesday night where AI efforts took centre stage.

"We are very thirsty to make sure that Salesforce is the No. 1 AI CRM, and we have done a lot organically to do that in the last six months," Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff said to analysts on the company's earnings call following the news.

Salesforce's fiscal second quarter revenue beat represented an 11% year-over-year jump.

Additionally, the company raised its 2024 revenue outlook to $34.7 billion to $34.8 billion, after previously seeing $34.5 billion to $34.7 billion, beating estimates of $34.66 billion.

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Glencore (GLEN.L)

Glencore (GLEN.L) is the top faller in a subdued FTSE today. Three weeks ago it was revealed that the miner's profits have been halved due to falling commodity prices. Now, its investors are seeking damages over what they described as "untrue statements" in prospectuses, per the FT.

Almost 200 funds are making the complaint, including some managed by Fidelity, Vanguard, Legal & General, HSBC, Abrdn and Invesco.

The complaints allege they “suffered loss” as a result of “untrue statements” and omissions in Glencore’s 2011 prospectus for its listing on the London Stock Exchange as well as its, prospectus for its merger with Xstrata in 2013.

Stock is down 4.5% as of midday London time.


Retail group Marks & Spencer enjoyed a modest rally as it was revealed it would be rejoining the FTSE 100 after a relegation and subsequent business turnaround.

It returns to the top group alongside technical products supplier Diploma, and drugmakers Hikma Pharmaceuticals and Dechra Pharmaceuticals.

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