Standard Chartered PLC Falls On Profit Warning

Shares of Standard Chartered (LSE: STAN) (NASDAQOTH: SCBFF.US) fell 4% to 1,203p during early trade after the Asia-focused lender warned that full-year operating profit could fall by 20%. This is due to a particularly difficult first half for its financial markets business.

Standard CharteredGroup head of financial markets, Lenny Feder will take a sabbatical in July, following a period of poor performance from the unit. Mark Dowie, group head of corporate finance, will take the job on an interim basis.

Standard Chartered blamed tougher regulation and lower market volatility for a decline in its trading business. This is the firm’s second warning on performance in six months.

The chief executive, Peter Sands, commented:

“We are making good progress against our refreshed strategy and are taking the right actions in response to a challenging environment – managing costs very tightly, disposing of non-core businesses and optimising the deployment of capital.”

“As we navigate this difficult period, we remain focused on the drivers of value creation for our shareholders, continuing to build our franchise to make the most of the enormous opportunities in our markets.”

Standard Chartered’s half year results are due on 6 August.

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