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Cameron brings in Thatcherite Javid to spearhead business push
David Cameron has named Thatcherite former banker Sajid Javid as the first Conservative business secretary in 18 years, with orders to cut red tape, create 3m apprenticeships and boost exports.
Companies and Markets
Morgan Stanley oil unit sold for $1bn
Castleton Commodities International, the energy trader backed by hedge fund luminaries, has sealed a $1bn-plus purchase of Morgan Stanley’s physical oil merchant business, in a transaction aimed at elevating the company to the upper ranks of global oil dealers.
Noble buys Rosetta in $3.7bn shale deal
Noble Energy, the US oil and gas group, is to buy Rosetta Resources for about $3.7bn including debt. It is the first purchase of a significant US shale oil producer since the fall in crude prices in the second half of last year. The agreed deal is a sign of how financially weaker shale oil producers, unable to finance enough drilling to keep their production from falling, can be compelled to accept a bid as the best option for investors.
Cameron’s shot across the bows to the BBC
David Cameron fired a warning shot at the BBC by choosing a fierce critic to take charge of deciding its future amid Tory anger over the corporation’s election coverage. The appointment of John Whittingdale as the culture secretary was the stand-out surprise as Mr Cameron revealed his first Conservative-only government yesterday.
Oil prices will stay below $100 for a decade, says Opec
Oil prices will not return to $100 a barrel for at least a decade, the world’s most influential cartel of producers has predicted. The price of crude oil is unlikely to rise above $76 a barrel by 2025 and could fall back to $40 a barrel because of the vast supplies that have been tapped through fracking in the United States, Opec believes.
Shell gets amber light for Arctic drilling project
The US government has conditionally approved a plan by Royal Durch Shell to drill in the Arctic Ocean off Alaska this summer. The Department of the Interior gave he go-ahead to the Anglo-Dutch energy group, provided that it can get permits from regulators and comply with rules protecting endangered species.
Banks warn that rally an oil and metals may not last
The big global banks have begun to warn clients that the blistering rally in oil and industrial commodities over recent weeks has run far ahead of economic reality, raising the risk of a fresh slump in prices over the summer. Barclays, Morgan Stanley, and Deutsche Bank have all issued reports advising investors to tread with care as energy and base metals fall prey to unstable speculative flows on the derivatives markets.
City & Finance
Sterling hits 2015 highs on Tory win
Sterling soared against the dollar and the euro yesterday as its post-election rally built up steam – making summer holidays cheaper for millions of British families. The pound has been on the front foot since the Conservatives secured an unexpected majority last week, sparking relief among investors worried about a Left-wing Labour government hostile to business.