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Standard Chartered bank shares soar

By AFP - Apr 28,2022 - Last updated at Apr 28,2022

LONDON — Shares in Asia-focused bank Standard Chartered surged on Thursday after it posted upbeat first-quarter results on rising interest rates and as it upgraded the outlook.

Underlying pre-tax profit climbed by a better-than-expected 4 per cent to $1.5 billion (1.4 billion euros), the London-headquartered lender said in a statement.

Net profit edged up to about $1.1 billion in the three months to March from a year earlier.

"The start to 2022 has been strong and recent geopolitical events have strengthened the outlook for rates, albeit making the outlook for the pace of economic recovery less predictable," it said.

Banks are benefitting from higher interest rates on loans which they have passed onto customers in the wake of tighter borrowing costs from central banks, as the Ukraine war stokes inflation.

In reaction to the earnings update, Standard Chartered's London share price soared 16 per cent in midday deals on the British capital's rising stock market.

"Shares in Standard Chartered surged... with earnings underpinned by the favourable rising interest rate environment," said Victoria Scholar, investment head at Interactive Investor.

"The emerging markets-leaning lender also raised its earnings guidance for the full year."

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