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  1. Business - Money - EQUITY MARKETS

    Japanese stocks tumble as Abenomics loses its lustre and investors take fright

    Posted Jun 14th 2013, 12:00am by Jeanny Yu

    ... cent to 1.14 times from 1.3 times at present. "We have a weakening Chinese economy, rising US bond yields and property firms [susceptible] to rising interest rate risks here. Hong Kong ... Jiming Ha, chief China investment strategist at Goldman Sachs, said economic growth on the mainland would slow gradually to 4.5 per cent in 2020, with an average growth rate over the next seven ...

  2. Business - Money

    Investors bullish about US, Japan markets: Bloomberg poll

    Posted May 17th 2013, 12:00am by BLOOM

    ... said the US will be among the markets offering the best returns over the next year, a 15-point jump from the last poll in January and the highest rating for any country since the survey began ...

  3. Jobless rate drops for first time since the meltdown

    Posted Oct 20th 2009, 12:00am by Paggie Leung

    ... Paggie Leung The unemployment rate has declined for the first time since the global financial crisis hit Hong Kong last autumn, but economists do not expect the trend to continue. It fell to 5.3 per cent for the months of July, August and September, 0.1 of a percentage point less than the rate in June, July and August, the Census and Statistics Department said. 'As business ...

  4. Business - Money - STOCK MARKETS

    Markets fall as Chinese production weakens

    Posted May 24th 2013, 12:00am by Victoria Ruan

    ... from 50.4 in April. Output still climbed, but at a slower rate, while new export orders dropped. Employment also worsened, the survey conducted by HSBC and UK-based data provider, Markit, ...

  5. Bank rating cuts trigger sell-off in HK blue chips

    Posted Jun 19th 2009, 12:00am by Nick Westra

    ... Nick Westra The Hong Kong share market fell for a fourth session yesterday, its longest slide in more than three months, as a wave of credit rating downgrades on United States banks ... on the blue chips.' Investors were more worried about the weakness of a possible recovery in the US economy yesterday after Standard & Poor's said it was reducing ratings and outlooks ...

  6. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Market-beating monkeys give hope to retail investors

    Posted Apr 27th 2013, 12:00am by Andrew Sheng

    ... and France. The real problem is that negative real interest rates around the world are destroying the ability of investors to judge what is the right asset to invest in. Markets are clearly bubbly ... The fact that there is a growing middle class in most of emerging Asia means that demand for housing is still rising, but given such low interest rates, it is hard to imagine how much further ...

  7. Rate relief spurs stock rally and yuan record

    Posted Dec 22nd 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... latest interest-rate increase, pushing stock markets higher as they took heart the rise was not as harsh as some economists expected. While the Shanghai Composite Index opened lower after the People's Bank of China announced the year's sixth interest-rate rise on Thursday, the gloomy mood did not last, with the benchmark closing 1.15 per cent higher at 5,101.779 points. The yuan ...

  8. Mainland shares dumped despite interest-rate cut

    Posted Dec 24th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... that worsening corporate earnings could not support stock prices despite the central bank's interest-rate cut on Monday. The Shanghai Composite Index dropped 90.53 points or 4.55 per cent to 1,897.225, the lowest close since December 2. 'The interest rate cut was in line with market expectations,' said Shenyin Wanguo Securities analyst Qian Qimin. 'The sharp drop resulted ...

  9. Business - China Business - TRANSPORT

    Rail ministry's debts bring biggest freight fees rise in a decade

    Posted Feb 21st 2013, 12:00am by Toh Han Shih

    ... on February 4. The rate rise will increase Daqin's revenue by about 1.6 billion yuan (HK$1.97 billion) this year, the Shanghai-listed firm announced. Its turnover was 43.5 billion yuan in 2011. ... increase in mainland rail freight rates and the growth of its operating costs will moderate." In 2011, Guangshen's freight revenue was 1.39 billion yuan, accounting for 9.44 per cent ...

  10. Business - Banking & Finance - STOCKS

    Time to buy, StanChart tells local bargain-hunters

    Posted Apr 12th 2013, 12:00am by Jeanny Yu

    ... quarter, he said. Leung also said the appreciation of the yuan offered a steady rate of return. The mainland's currency could gain 2.1 per cent to reach 6.1 yuan to the US dollar by the end ...




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