HSBC report due Monday

HSBC will release its first-half earnings on 4 August. The consensus is for a small increase in earnings per share.

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Source: Bloomberg

HSBC is currently trading at £6.40. The stock is up 7.5% since it revealed a 20% decline in first-quarter profits in May, which also came in below analysts’ estimates. HSBC was given a boost when RBS and Barclays’s latest announcements impressed traders. It’s worth keeping in mind that HSBC is more Asian-focused and is less dependent on investment banking for revenues.

For the first three months of the year, income from the investment bank unit declined 4% while profits declined by 30% in its Asian business. Equity analysts are moderately bullish on HSBC. Buy recommendations are offered by 46%, holds by 40% and sell by 13%, while the breakdown for Standard Chartered is 45% buys, 35% holds and 19% sells. Standard Chartered, like HSBC, has yet to report its first-half figures and is focused on emerging markets.

Year-to-date, HSBC is down 3% while the UK banking sector is off 5.3%. The stock has bounced off £5.90 on a number of occasions in the past three months, and strong figures could put the share price on a path to £6.83.

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