4:00 PM Frankfurt – Publicis and Omnicom mutually agreed to terminate their $35 billion proposed merger. Petrofac plunged after weak forecast. Telefonica net tumbled 23% to €692 million. Tullett Prebon revenue dropped 12% to £248 million. Vestas Wind net swung to a profit.
In London trading, FTSE 100 index slipped 0.4% or 25.61 to 6,813.64 and in Frankfurt the DAX index slid 0.3% or 27.19 to 9,580.21.
In Paris, CAC 40 index dropped 0.7% or 29.40 to 4,477.84.
Publicis Groupe SA
slid 0.7% to €60.27 after the France-based advertising and media service provider and the U.S.-based Omnicom Group, Inc mutually agreed to terminate their proposed merger of equals due to various unresolved complex issues and called off the deal of merger valued $35 billion.
The companies said no termination fees would be payable by either side.
The merger of two companies would have created a company with $23 billion in revenues.
plunged 15.3% to 1,175 pence after the U.K.-based oil and gas producer forecasted net profit for the year in the range of $580 million to $600 million.
The company said order intake in the first-quarter of $4.4 billion and backlog reached record $18.6 billion.
declined 3.5% or €11.61 after the Spain-based telecom carrier reported total revenue in the first-quarter ending in March declined 13.5% to €12.23 billion from €14.14 billion a year ago.
Net income in the quarter tumbled 23.2% to €692 million compared to €902 million and earnings per share slipped 27% to €0.15 from €0.20 a year ago.
Tullett Prebon Plc
declined 5.7% to 297.80 pence after the U.K.-based inter-dealer broker said revenue in the four months to April dropped 12% to £248 million.
Separately, the company today said that it agreed to acquire PVM Oil Associates Limited and its subsidiaries for £94.4 million.
Vestas Wind Systems A/S
surged 7.1% to 263.20 kronor after the Denmark-based wind turbines maker stated revenue in the first-quarter ending in March climbed 17% to €1.28 billion from €1.10 billion a year ago.
Net in the quarter swung to a profit of €2 million compared to a loss of €151 million and earnings per share swung to a €0.03 from a loss of €4.7 a year earlier.