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FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Germany’s BASF increased its 2021 earnings guidance on Wednesday for the third time as its large industrial customers readily accepted marked-up prices for basic chemicals amid a raft of global materials shortages.

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FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Germany’s BASF increased its 2021 earnings guidance on Wednesday for the third time as its large industrial customers readily accepted marked-up prices for basic chemicals amid a raft of global materials shortages.

The world’s largest chemicals maker by sales said in a statement it now expected 2021 earnings before interest and tax (EBIT), adjusted for special items, to come in at between 7.5 billion and 8 billion euros ($8.7-$9.3 billion), compared to a previous forecast for 7.0 billion to 7.5 billion euros.

Adjusted operating earnings in the third-quarter, when a summer lull normally dampens demand in the sector, jumped to 1.87 billion euros, up from 581 million euros in the pandemic-stricken year-earlier period and beating the 1.8 billion expected on average by analysts.

A 42% surge in group revenues to 19.7 billion euros was fuelled by price increases of 36% on average.

The upswing came even as a shortage of microchips in the car sector and power cuts in China were a drag on demand.

“Growth momentum slowed compared with the previous quarter due to supply bottlenecks in many value chains of the manufacturing sector,” the company said.

While benefiting BASF’s basic chemicals units, the global material scarcities and higher procurement costs proved a burden on BASF businesses that make more sophisticated products such as farming pesticides, coatings and nutritional supplements, where margins and earnings slipped.

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Global airlines prepare for Omicron volatility, agility will be key

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© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: A notice about COVID-19 safety measures is pictured next to closed doors at a departure hall of Narita international airport on the first day of closed borders to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus Omicron variant in Narita, east of Tok

By Jamie Freed and Rajesh Kumar Singh

SYDNEY/CHICAGO (Reuters) -Global airlines are bracing for more volatility due to the Omicron coronavirus variant that could force them to juggle schedules and destinations at short notice and rely more on domestic markets where possible, analysts say.

Many travellers have already booked trips for the Christmas period, a peak season for airlines, but there are growing industry concerns over a pause in future bookings and further delays to the already slow recovery in business travel.

Fitch Ratings said it had lowered its global passenger traffic forecasts for 2021 and 2022, with the emergence of new variants like Omicron highlighting the likelihood that conditions would remain volatile for airlines.

“It feels a little bit like we are back to where we were a year ago and that’s not a great prospect for the industry and beyond,” Deidre Fulton, a partner at consultancy MIDAS Aviation, said at an industry webinar on Wednesday.

Airlines have been blaming a lack of consistent and stable health protocols as well as border restrictions for depressed international travel demand.

New protocols in the wake of the Omicron variant are expected to add to their headache.

The United States https://www.reuters.com/business/healthcare-pharmaceuticals/us-cdc-urges-americans-avoid-travel-niger-poland-over-covid-19-2021-11-30, for example, is moving to require that all air travellers entering the country show a negative COVID-19 test performed within one day of departure.

All non-EU travellers to mainland France, where the Omicron variant has not been detected yet, will have to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test, regardless of their vaccination status, a government spokesman said on Wednesday. Ireland and Portugal are also demanding that travellers produce a negative test.

Airlines are currently using a range of apps to verify test results. Delta Air Lines (NYSE:) said it would comply with Washington’s directives, but did not say if the new testing requirement would need the carrier to make any changes to its verification app.

Omicron’s impact will vary by country and region due to each government’s response and the diverse nature of global airlines as well as their business models.

Japan Airlines and ANA Holdings on Wednesday suspended new reservations for international flights arriving into Japan until the end of December as the country tightens border controls.

Hong Kong’s Cathay Pacific Airways (OTC:), which lacks a domestic market and is operating at only 10% of pre-pandemic capacity, said it was too early to assess Omicron’s impact on demand.

Airlines in countries with large, strong domestic markets like the United States, China and Russia are better shielded from the greater uncertainties of international travel.

An analysis by UBS shows U.S. carriers have not yet changed their scheduled capacity, which is running at 87% of 2019 levels in December and is expected to reach 92% of pre-COVID capacity in January.

United Airlines is launching its Newark-Cape Town route on Wednesday despite a U.S. ban on non-citizens entering from South Africa and Delta Air is expecting strong bookings over the Christmas period.

“In the past year, each new variant has brought a decline in bookings, but then an increase once the surge dissipates. We expect the same pattern to emerge,” said Helane Becker, an analyst at Cowen and Co.

Travel booking website Kayak said international travel searches from the United States were down only 5% on Sunday – a stark contrast to a 26% fall in searches from Britain, which had tightened testing requirements for arrivals.

Major European airlines are far more dependent on international travel than their U.S. counterparts, placing them more at risk of fallout from the Omicron variant.

In Asia, countries like Australia, Japan, Singapore and Thailand had only begun to cautiously lift border restrictions in recent weeks and passenger numbers remained at fractions of pre-pandemic levels before the Omicron variant was discovered.

John Grant, chief analyst at travel data firm OAG, said moves by Japan and Australia to delay entry to some foreigners due to Omicron were “sad and frustrating” but the proportionate impact on travel was “relatively insignificant.”

Airlines globally have been more agile about quickly adjusting their schedules and destinations during the pandemic and that is expected to continue, he said.

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Wall Street bounces back from Omicron, inflation jitters

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(Reuters) – U.S. stocks jumped at the open on Wednesday, recovering from a sharp sell-off triggered by concerns over rising inflation and the new Omicron coronavirus variant.

The rose 195.22 points, or 0.57%, at the open to 34,678.94.

The opened higher by 35.82 points, or 0.78%, at 4,602.82. The gained 214.58 points, or 1.38%, to 15,752.27 at the opening bell.

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Germany stocks higher at close of trade; DAX up 2.47%

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Investing.com – Germany stocks were higher after the close on Wednesday, as gains in the , and sectors led shares higher.

At the close in Frankfurt, the gained 2.47%, while the index climbed 1.29%, and the index added 0.99%.

The best performers of the session on the were Infineon Technologies AG NA O.N. (DE:), which rose 5.32% or 2.123 points to trade at 42.053 at the close. Meanwhile, Bayerische Motoren Werke AG (DE:) added 4.23% or 3.600 points to end at 88.675 and Daimler AG NA O.N. (DE:) was up 4.17% or 3.470 points to 86.620 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were HelloFresh SE (DE:), which fell 3.49% or 3.12 points to trade at 86.28 at the close. Sartorius AG VZO O.N. (DE:) declined 3.03% or 18.400 points to end at 588.600 and Qiagen NV (DE:) was down 2.06% or 1.005 points to 47.895.

The top performers on the MDAX were AUTO1 Group SE (DE:) which rose 5.65% to 26.20, Deutsche Lufthansa AG (DE:) which was up 5.07% to settle at 5.633 and Jungheinrich AG O.N.VZO (DE:) which gained 4.87% to close at 43.540.

The worst performers were Wacker Chemie O.N. (DE:) which was down 3.69% to 146.88 in late trade, Carl Zeiss Meditec AG (DE:) which lost 2.20% to settle at 173.050 and LEG Immobilien AG (DE:) which was down 1.94% to 121.100 at the close.

The top performers on the TecDAX were Infineon Technologies AG NA O.N. (DE:) which rose 5.32% to 42.053, Jenoptik AG (DE:) which was up 5.09% to settle at 37.600 and Aixtron SE (DE:) which gained 4.65% to close at 18.620.

The worst performers were Sartorius AG VZO O.N. (DE:) which was down 3.03% to 588.600 in late trade, Carl Zeiss Meditec AG (DE:) which lost 2.20% to settle at 173.050 and Qiagen NV (DE:) which was down 2.06% to 47.895 at the close.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange by 536 to 187 and 51 ended unchanged.

Shares in Jenoptik AG (DE:) rose to 3-years highs; up 5.09% or 1.820 to 37.600.

The , which measures the implied volatility of DAX options, was down 12.27% to 24.17.

Gold Futures for February delivery was up 0.61% or 10.90 to $1787.40 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in January rose 2.10% or 1.39 to hit $67.57 a barrel, while the February Brent oil contract rose 2.20% or 1.52 to trade at $70.75 a barrel.

EUR/USD was down 0.15% to 1.1319, while EUR/GBP fell 0.22% to 0.8503.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.04% at 95.972.

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