May 23. Experts believe that the EU will not be able to replace Russian oil

The topic of the embargo on Russian oil is one of the main topics for discussion on the international market. At the same time, a number of analysts believe that the European Union will not be able to find a replacement for Russian hydrocarbons in the medium term in the event of a ban on oil supplies.

Vagit Alekperov, ex-head of the Russian oil and gas company Lukoil, said that in the event of an embargo, Russia will be forced to reduce oil production and freeze wells, as it was at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic in 2020. Therefore, a ban on oil from the Russian Federation would be a shock to everyone and the most negative scenario for all parties.

Moreover, it will take years to build a new infrastructure to redirect Russian oil entering the European market today.

Earlier, the European Commissioner for Economics Paolo Gentiloni said that the EU member states currently cannot agree on an embargo on the import of Russian oil – Hungary takes a firm position «against». The country insists on extending the transition period and/or withdrawing the country from restrictions. In addition to Hungary, other countries, including Bulgaria, do not agree with the embargo.

It is worth noting that the introduction of an oil embargo against Russia in the EU has been actively discussed since the beginning of May, but so far the dialogue on this issue has not led to a consensus. In addition, it became known that the embargo on oil from the Russian Federation is not spelled out in the basic scenario of the European Commission's spring economic forecast for 2022-2023.

May 20. Cisco shares collapsed 14% amid China lockdown​​​​​​​

Shares of network equipment maker Cisco fell sharply on Thursday after the release of a forecast for sales in the current quarter. According to the forecast, the indicator fell significantly due to the damage caused to the supply chain by quarantine restrictions in China.

In particular, the company expects a decrease in sales in the fourth quarter of this fiscal year by 1-5% compared to the same period last year. Analysts, on the other hand, had expected growth of 5.9% to $13.9 billion.

As a result, Cisco shares fell 14% to $41.36 (the lowest price since November 2020), and 24 million shares traded on the exchange exceeded the average daily sales volume of 22 million shares during the first hour of trading.

The company said there was solid demand in the third quarter, but sales were hurt by coronavirus restrictions in China, which cut the company's revenue by $300 million, and a Russian special operation in Ukraine, which reduced sales by another $200 million. It’s expected that the quarantine in Shanghai will be lifted on June 1.

Cisco's Q3 adjusted earnings were 87 cents per share on $12.8 billion in revenue. Analysts had expected 86 cents per share on $13.3 billion in revenue.