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Sunday Papers: Funds fire broadside over Saudi oil float

And IMF issues warning that insurers' risk-taking could trigger next financial crisis.

Sunday Papers: Funds fire broadside over Saudi oil float

Top stories

  • The Sunday Times: Britain’s largest investors have turned up the heat on the City watchdog over its controversial plan to allow Saudi Arabia’s state-owned oil giant to float in London by bending stock market rules to accommodate Saudi Aramco.
  • The Sunday Telegraph: Insurers pose a mounting threat to the international financial system as they pour money into risky investments to shore up profits, according to market watchdogs; the IMF has issued a stark warning about the potential for a giant shock from the industry amid some serious dangers lurking “under the surface”.
  • The Observer: Saudi Aramco has dismissed reports that it is considering shelving plans for the world’s biggest ever flotation, with the state-owned oil company saying the $2 trillion (£1.5 trillion) listing was on track for next year.

Business and economics

  • The Sunday Telegraph: Christen Ager-Hanssen, the owner of the Swedish Metro newspaper, who is plotting a coup at Johnston Press has branded the debt-laden newspaper publisher’s board as “fee suckers” who are failing to represent the interest of shareholders.
  • The Sunday Times: Netflix is expected to cement its position as Hollywood’s biggest spender this week, after adding more than 50,000 subscribers a day over recent months.
  • The Sunday Telegraph: Bibby Line Group, the 211-year-old mini conglomerate that includes the Costcutter convenience store chain, has suffered its first loss in 30 years.
  • The Sunday Telegraph: Toy suppliers have stopped deliveries to the UK arm of Toys R Us over fears the financial struggles of its American parent company could leave them out of pocket.
  • The Sunday Times: Royal Bank of Scotland boss Ross McEwan has launched a blistering attack on former business customers, accusing them of “badmouthing” the lender and making “false accusations” about its controversial Global Restructuring Group division.
  • The Observer: Couriers working for Hermes, which delivers for major retailers including Amazon, Asos and Next, claim they face pressure to work 20 days without a break in the run-up to Christmas.
  • The Sunday Times: Families will have to pay more for their weekly shop if Britain leaves the EU without a trade deal, the chairman of Sainsbury’s has warned.

Share tips, comment and bids

  • The Sunday Telegraph (Questor share tips): Pennon is worth holding until regulatory mists clear.
  • Mail on Sunday (Midas share tips): Drink to Strix Group as demand for kettle safety controls starts to boil.
  • Mail on Sunday (Midas share tips): SuperGroup is in vogue with sales set to rise 15.5% to £869 million.
  • Mail on Sunday: The publisher of magazines including Men’s Fitness, Viz, Cyclist and The Week is for sale, a trust set up by the late publisher Felix Dennis has appointed advisers from Livingstone to find a buyer for Dennis Publishing, which is likely to fetch about £150 million.
  • The Sunday Times: A huge incinerator on the south bank of the Thames in London has been put up for sale for more than £1 billion; Cory Riverside Energy is being sold by the vulture fund Strategic Value Partners, which seized control of the plant in 2015 as it struggled with its debts.
  • The Sunday Telegraph (Comment): Shell has seen the future - and it's several shades of green.
  • The Sunday Times (Comment): Amec deal won’t lift the clouds over Wood Group.

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