Spain’s IBEX rebounded as the markets opened on Monday (October 9). The rise of as much as one percent came amid hopes that Catalan independence may not be imminent after Sunday’s (October 8) pro-unity protests.
Shares in Banco de Sabadell and CaixaBank are on the rise. Amid the risks associated with Catalonia’s potential secession the latter, the region’s biggest bank, is to “move its legal headquarters”:
https://www.ft.com/content/1cdfc2c2-4f8f-322e-a982-e8985a606ac7 down the coast to Valencia. Sabadell, which also owns UK-based TSB moved its legal base to Alicante.
They’re two among a string of companies that have said they’ll move out of Catalonia. Foreign businesses – of which there are 1,700 in the region – are said to be considering their options. They represent one percent of all of Catalonia’s companies, 18 percent of all employment and 29 percent of turnover. Some 77.1 percent of those businesses are European and 15.4 percent are American.