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  1. Business - Banking & Finance - EARNINGS

    Long, hard road ahead for HSBC and StanChart

    Posted Oct 20th 2014, 05:05am by DON WEINLAND

    ... rate environment, with fresh stimulus money pouring out of Europe and Japan, and US rates not expected to rise until the third quarter of next year. Standard Chartered is to report ... billion, with full-year profit expected to fall below that of last year. Last month, the US Federal Reserve raised its estimate for the federal funds rate to 1.375 per cent at the end of next year, ...

  2. Business - Companies - EARNINGS

    Sands China on target with 3.3pc profit gain in third quarter

    Posted Oct 16th 2014, 02:03pm by TIFFANY AP

    ... this year. Meanwhile, Sands' average labour costs rose to US$32,800 per worker last year from US$30,400 in 2010. Labour strikes in Macau, where the jobless rate is among the lowest in the world, ...

  3. Business - Banking & Finance - EARNINGS

    HSBC and StanChart pin growth hopes on rate rises

    Posted Aug 11th 2014, 03:56am by DON WEINLAND

    ... Don Weinland don.weinland@scmp.com HSBC and StanChart pin growth hopes on rate rises Sit tight, investors. That seems to be the message from Standard Chartered and HSBC Holdings after ... rates in the United States and Britain. The banks' cyclical rate distress has not been over-exaggerated and an uptick, even a small, gradual one, would greatly improve operating conditions. ...

  4. Business - Commodities - EARNINGS

    Brightoil returns to the black with HK$599m profit

    Posted Sep 25th 2014, 09:51am by Eric Ng

    ... evidence of a healthier supply-demand balance,” Brightoil said of the fuel transportation market. “[Last year the global tanker fleet grew at the slowest rate in a decade.” Although prices of very ...

  5. Business - Companies - EARNINGS

    Esprit reverses huge loss with HK$210m net profit on cost cuts

    Posted Sep 24th 2014, 03:47am by Sophie Yu

    ... and reduce the rate of decline of controlled space in its wholesale channel. Lun said that e-commerce is not a threat to Esprit, as the company is focusing on brand marketing and serves different ...

  6. Business - China Business - EARNINGS

    Moody's upbeat on Chinese developers' prospects

    Posted Sep 18th 2014, 05:57am by Peggy Sito

    ... Peggy Sito peggy.sito@scmp.com Completion of more property projects should boost earnings, says ratings agency Moody's upbeat on mainland developers Mainland developers hit ... property firms rated by Moody's. However, the ratings agency said their earnings before tax and interest should rise in the second half as they completed more projects and liquidity increased ...

  7. Business - Companies - EARNINGS

    New World cautious with new target despite record sales

    Posted Sep 24th 2014, 03:30pm by Yvonne Liu

    ... foot. Developers have to sell the flats with a higher price in order to make money," he said. "A rise in interest rates will put property prices under pressure. But developers [can] ...

  8. Business - Companies - EARNINGS

    Hong Kong Jockey Club seeks higher returns from alternative investments

    Posted Sep 16th 2014, 03:23am by Enoch Yiu

    ... deposits offer a rate close to zero. The Jockey Club last week reported record revenue, tax payments and charitable donations last financial year. Horse racing turnover rose 10 per cent year ... said traditional investments in stock markets had been hurt in recent years by the financial crisis, while bond prices had been hurt by concerns over interest rate increases. "This has led ...

  9. Property - Hong Kong & China - EARNINGS

    SHKP sees tough times ahead for property developers in Hong Kong

    Posted Sep 13th 2014, 04:08am by Sandy Li

    ... don't know how to assess the market now," he said. Figures released by the Rating and Valuation Department last week showed home prices and rentals climbed to record levels in July despite ...

  10. Business - China Business - EARNINGS

    Chinese industrial firms’ profits grow more slowly

    Posted Aug 28th 2014, 01:10pm by Victoria Ruan

    ... months of the year, profits totalled 3.3 trillion yuan, up 11.7 per cent from the same period last year, slightly higher than the 11.4 per cent rate in the first half. He Ping, an official ... growth rate was the second-highest this year. Still, profits in the coal industry slumped 47.3 per cent in the first seven months of the year after the government ordered excess capacity should ...




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