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Tuesday preview: US fiscal stimulus vote, Standard Life Aberdeen in the spotlight

Mon 08 March 2021 15:21 | A A A

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(Sharecast News) - Investors' attention on Tuesday will be firmly on a vote in the US House of Representatives on the Biden administration's $1.9trn fiscal stimulus package, which has already been approved in the Senate.

The economic calendar Stateside will otherwise be quite light, with only the National Federation of Independent Bussineses's for the month of February set for release.

Across the Channel meanwhile, the spotlight will be on German foreign trade numbers for January and a reading on euro area employment covering the fourth quarter.

No major economic releases are scheduled in the UK.

Aggregate financing data out of China is due to be published between 9-15 March.

A barrage of Japanese economic indicators are also expected, including a reading on household spending in January and for money supply growth in February.

For Standard Life Aberdeen's second half, UBS's Michael Werner has penciled-in a 13% year-on-year drop in revenues to reach £706m as falling assets under management drag on management fees and compress margins.

Total assets under management were seen retreating to £515bn.

In turn, Werner estimated those drivers would see adjusted operating profit fall 40% to £85m, although he was 16% below consensus.

Earnings per share meanwhile were pegged to come in at 6.7p for the backhalf of 2020.

However, the analyst was anticipating a full-year dividend per share of 21.6p, versus the consensus on 16.5p.

"As this will be the first set of results presented by the new CEO (Stephen Bird), we would expect the focus to be on 1) changes to the firm's distribution strategy, 2) any discussion with how SLA plans to allocate its £1.7bn of excess capital."

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