European banks at the bottom of Stoxx 600 index; BAWAG down 9%, Commerzbank down 8%

British bank HSBC to acquire Silicon Valley Bank UK

British bank HSBC will acquire Silicon Valley Bank UK Limited, according to a statement by the Bank of England.

The Bank of England said the action was taken “to stabilise SVBUK, ensuring the continuity of banking services, minimising disruption to the UK technology sector and supporting confidence in the financial system.”

Silicon Valley Bank caused turmoil for the banking sector and markets more widely when it surprised investors on Wednesday with news it needed to raise $2.25 billion to shore up its balance sheet, and that it had sold all its bonds at a $1.8 billion loss.

The bank was then closed by regulators after customers withdrew $42 billion of deposits by the end of Thursday.

HSBC said it will buy SVBUK for £1.

— Hannah Ward-Glenton and Matt Rosoff contributed to this report.

CNBC Pro: Shares of this little-known global chip firm are set to rise by 50%, Barclays says

Shares of a U.K.-based technology company that designs custom chips and semiconductors are expected to rise by more than 50% over the next 12 months, according to Barclays Equity Research.

The investment bank said a rapidly growing data center space would “drive sales and profit growth faster than other company in our coverage.”

CNBC Pro subscribers can read more about the semiconductor stock here.

— Ganesh Rao

SVB situation is a result of easy monetary policy, Leon Cooperman says

Silicon Valley Bank went under on Friday, and investor Leon Cooperman thinks this situation is a byproduct of low interest rates from the Federal Reserve.

“This is the result of stupid monetary policy of zero-to-negative rates for a decade,” Cooperman, the head of Omega Advisors, told CNBC’s Scott Wapner.

The Fed cut rates to zero to stabilize the economy after the 2008 financial crisis. Rates remained low for years after until the Fed started to raise in the late 2010s. In 2020, however, the central bank brought rates back down to zero as Covid-19 spread around the world.

Over the last year, the central bank has been hiking rates to stem inflationary pressures.

— Fred Imbert

CNBC Pro: ‘Unprecedented growth’: Citi reveals its 4 top stocks in renewables right now

The world is going through a “rapid and transformational change” when it comes to energy, said Citi, naming four buy-rated stocks as “top picks” in the space.

CNBC Pro subscribers can read more here.

— Weizhen Tan

Regulators promise access to deposits starting Monday

Regulators scrambled to avert a banking crisis over the weekend, with one key objective being “strengthening public confidence” in the U.S. banking system.

A joint statement from Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell and FDIC Chairman Martin Gruenberg said depositors at Silicon Valley Bank and New York’s Signature Bank will have access to all of their money as soon as Monday.

“No losses associated with the resolution of Silicon Valley Bank will be borne by the taxpayer,” they said.

—Christina Cheddar Berk

Futures jump after regulators announce backstop of SVB depositors

Futures extended their gains just before 6:30 p.m. ET after U.S. regulators unveiled a plan to stem the damage from Silicon Valley Bank’s collapse.

Dow futures were last higher by 297 points, or 0.9%. S&P 500 futures jumped 1.1% and Nasdaq Composite futures advanced 1.2%.

— Tanaya Macheel

European markets: Here are the opening calls

European markets are heading for a higher open Monday as investors keep an eye on the fallout from the Silicon Valley Bank crisis.

The U.K.’s FTSE 100 index is expected to open 10 points higher at 7,745, Germany’s DAX 82 points higher at 15,477, France’s CAC up 26 points at 7,228 and Italy’s FTSE MIB up 21 points at 27,312, according to data from IG.

Earnings are set to come from Direct Line and there are no major data releases.

— Holly Ellyatt


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