A few results:

Ahold Delhaize: Q4 results beat market expectations.

Airbnb: The stock gains 3.6% post-trade after compelling earnings report.

Barrick Gold - The mining group, which reported better-than-expected fourth-quarter results, gained 1.5% in premarket trading after announcing a $1 billion  share buyback plan and an increase in the dividend paid to shareholders.

Heineken: Volumes sold in 2021 are slightly above expectations. But the company warns that inflation will impact its results.

Schindler: Q4 results are down but above market expectations.

ViacomCBS - The media conglomerate, which reported quarterly earnings below analysts' expectations Tuesday night, said it wants to rename itself Paramount in anticipation of accelerating development of Paramount+, its streaming service.

Hilton on Wednesday reported quarterly revenue up 106% as increased COVID-19 vaccine coverage and travel demand boosted occupancy at its hotels.



Important announcements

SeaWorld throws in the towel after rejecting its bid to buy Cedar Fair, which also rejected Six Flags'offer.

Kirin will sell its beverage joint venture in China for JPY 115 billion.

The SEC is investigating the relationship between Binance's U.S. arm and two trading firms linked to its founder.

Stadler wins order in Germany for 20 Flirt trainsets.

Meta Platforms - Facebook's parent company announced Tuesday evening that it had closed the acquisition of Kustomer, a customer relationship management startup, as the European Commission gave the green light to the $1 billion acquisition project launched in November 2020.

Dufry renews its concession at Helsinki Airport for five years.

Airbus finalizes a contract to sell 7 A350 cargo versions to Singapore Airlines.

Solvay and Veolia launch the "Dombasle Energy" energy transition project.

Sodexo and Microsoft continue their collaboration.

Today's main earnings reports: Nvidia, Cisco, Applied Materials, Shopify, CSL, Analog Devices, Air Liquide, Heineken, Ahold Delhaize, Schindler, Genmab, Kerry, Tenaris, Carrefour...