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  1. Compiler adds more consumer stocks to MSCI index

    Posted Nov 13th 2008, 12:00am by Nick Westra

    ... Nick Westra and Wong Ka-chun The MSCI, an equity index compiler, has added six stocks to a mainland benchmark, four of which are from the consumer sector, to replace nine in its semi-annual review yesterday. Want Want China Holdings, a snack maker, and Tsingtao Brewery headlined the group of incoming members in MSCI's China Standard Index while some big names ...

  2. HK stocks surge 4pc after inflation figures spark optimism

    Posted Jun 11th 2009, 12:00am by Nick Westra

    ... recovery across the border. The Hang Seng Index rose 727.17 points or 4.03 per cent to close at 18,785.66. All but three of the 42 blue chips in the index joined the advance, and 10 jumped at least 5 per cent. Investors hoped that the latest decline in consumer prices, coupled with other recent signs of stabilisation, signalled the mainland economy was on track for a rebound. Reports ...

  3. HK shares follow Asian dive on Merrill troubles

    Posted Jul 30th 2008, 12:00am by Nick Westra

    ... Standard & Poor's/Case Shiller home price index showed a record fall in May. Its composite index of 20 metropolitan areas fell 15.8 per cent from May last year, while the composite index ... announced huge new write-downs, a move that renewed suspicion there may be more subprime damage on the way. The Hang Seng Index sank almost 600 points in early morning trading before closing down ...

  4. Chigo's shares cool down after feverish debut

    Posted Jul 14th 2009, 12:00am by Nick Westra

    ... in the Hang Seng Index, which plunged to its lowest level in seven weeks yesterday after a key measure of US consumer sentiment worsened for the first time in five months. The blue-chip index dropped ... in the afternoon as investors tracked a retreat in the local stock market. The stock climbed as much as 37.44 per cent to an intraday high of HK$3.12 from its initial offer price of HK$2.27. It finished up ...

  5. HSI extends slide amid regional market sell-off

    Posted Jan 16th 2009, 12:00am by Nick Westra

    ... in United States retail sales and a wave of corporate profit warnings. The Hang Seng Index declined to a seven-week low, dropping 461.65 points or 3.37 per cent to 13,242.96. All quarters ... records began in 1992. 'This is the worst consumer recession that has ever occurred in the United States and it's happening right now, and that's what happened overnight and why ...

  6. Where to now? Ride it out or cut and run?

    Posted Oct 12th 2008, 12:00am by Nick Westra

    ... the Hang Seng Index now trading near the post-1998 trough and PE [price/earnings] levels of 12 times earnings, we believe quite a lot of the negative news is reflected in current share ... The benchmark Hang Seng Index has already dropped 46.80 per cent so far this year, and 53.23 per cent from last year's peak on October 30. Across the border, 61.98 per cent has been wiped off ...

  7. Change in US bailout plan rattles investors

    Posted Nov 14th 2008, 12:00am by Nick Westra

    ... billion bailout package signalled that the world's largest economy was in a worse shape than expected. The Hang Seng Index opened 870.16 points lower, before an afternoon rally trimmed its ... to thaw frozen consumer credit markets instead of buying bad mortgage assets as originally planned. The sudden adjustment suggested the credit problems had spilled over from Wall Street to Main ...

  8. Analysts working harder for their pay

    Posted Aug 03rd 2008, 12:00am by Nick Westra

    ... happening, like the [Sichuan] earthquake, the sudden slowdown of the global economy and rising oil prices.' Under the combined weight of those factors and more, Hong Kong and mainland equity ... analysts just stick to the pure fundamentals, and yes, you have to do a good job at that, but you also have to look at what has priced in,' said Jasmine Lai, an analyst at DBS Vickers who ...

  9. Nam Tai soars 125pc after cash offer by parent

    Posted Feb 25th 2009, 12:00am by Nick Westra

    ... targets as their valuations declined. The consumer electronics maker jumped as much as 143 per cent intraday before closing up 124.56 per cent or 71 HK cents at HK$1.28. Nam Tai Electronics, its ... Wan, the chief investment officer at Pride Investment Group. '[And] for minority shareholders, they have a lot of incentive to cut their losses.' The Hang Seng Index has plummeted 45 ...

  10. Bargains aplenty, but is the market out of woods?

    Posted Oct 19th 2008, 12:00am by Nick Westra

    ... For potential investment opportunities, we would look towards more resilient sectors such as infrastructure builders and consumer staples.' Mainland infrastructure plays should benefit from ... I am advising investors to accumulate index funds at this moment.' Investors may want to focus on the Tracker Fund of Hong Kong and the Hang Seng H-share Index ETF, which are designed ...




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