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  1. 'Brother Fuel Price' speaks for consumers

    Posted Apr 07th 2012, 12:00am

    ... was in line with higher global crude oil prices. Petrol consumers, mostly car drivers, would set their sights once again on the mainland's three oil giants- PetroChina, Sinopec and CNOOC- whose ... Daniel Ren The latest increase in the mainland's heavily regulated petrol prices has thrust a Zhejiang university student into the national spotlight. Asked by a television reporter ...

  2. Contrarians are past masters at the baffling art of price projection

    Posted Jul 21st 2004, 12:00am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... this is why I have had such trouble in finding historical data for the MasterIndex survey of consumer confidence. This one, sponsored by the MasterCard people, comes out every six months and attempts ... The MasterIndex gave Hong Kong a rating of only 13.8 out of 100. Now let us assume that you adopted the golden investment principle- the news is in the price if it's in the press. You therefore ...

  3. China's best course in inflation fight

    Posted Mar 12th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... by 23.2 per cent. The latest consumer price index figure of 8.7 per cent is the highest in almost 12 years and twice as high as the official target of 4.8 per cent. Market forces are the only way ... Keeping prices in check is the most important economic challenge for any government. Failing to do so will limit the spending power of citizens, putting the economy at risk of faltering. ...

  4. The Chinese consumer fails to live up to the world's hopes

    Posted Mar 24th 2011, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... figures- also shows a worrying deterioration in sentiment. In January, the country's consumer confidence index slumped to just 99.9. To put that fall into perspective, it is the lowest reading ... has caused this slump in confidence is debatable. Inflation often acts as a spur to consumer demand. Spending today is seen as better than spending tomorrow, when prices will be higher. ...

  5. H-share index finds better balance

    Posted May 11th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Services, which operates the index. 'As the Chinese economy matures, there will be more consumer-related companies that will have a chance to come to Hong Kong.' The H-share index ... financial shares, as well as from sectors such as services, help the index reflect more of China's domestic growth instead of the more cyclical nature of commodity prices, which are determined ...

  6. Consumer boom sees key players plan share sales

    Posted Jun 26th 2007, 12:00am by Andy Chen

    ... Products, paper maker Vinda International and supermarket operator Jiangsu Times Supermarket are among consumer companies preparing to list on the Hong Kong market and could raise as much as HK$7.28 billion. Mainland consumers are spending more on clothes, electronics and cars as salaries increase. The mainland reported retail sales growth for last month of 15.9 per cent, from 15.5 per cent ...

  7. Index surges but China plays dip on stock market's busiest day since '98

    Posted Feb 24th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Fiona Lau and Charis Yau The stock market had its busiest trading day in more than seven years yesterday as the Hang Seng Index hit a five-year high after US economic data eased concerns interest rates will continue rising. The US consumer price index rose just 0.2 per cent last month, strengthening expectations the Federal Reserve might stop raising the cost of borrowing. Buoyed ...

  8. Blue chips seek guidance from index futures trade

    Posted Mar 29th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... the Hong Kong market as much as expected. Expectations of huge demand from the mainland was already priced into the market and as a result, the Hang Seng Index edged up 40.71 points, or 0.26 per cent, to finish at 15,856.58. The H-share index slipped 42.18 points, or 0.63 per cent, to 6,659.46. Market turnover surged to $36.28 billion, compared with $29.41 billion on Monday. 'This ...

  9. Index will measure expected share price volatility over 30 days

    Posted Feb 13th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Seng Volatility Index, a barometer of forward volatility expected in local share prices. The Volatility Index measures the expected volatility of the Hang Seng Index over the following 30 days as implied by HSI options prices. By introducing futures trading on the Index, the HKEx aims to provide institutional investors with an instrument to hedge against volatile swings in the market. ...

  10. Consumers still confident but rising food prices are a worry, survey shows

    Posted Aug 17th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Helene Franchineau helene.franchineau@scmp.com Consumer confidence in the economy remained stable in the second quarter, at 107 points, after a sharp surge in the first quarter of this year. That was the latest finding by the Nielsen global online survey, which scores views from 1 to 200, with a score above 100 indicating optimism. Rising food prices have become people's ...




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