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  1. Rate cut hurts the banking sector

    Posted Jun 09th 2012, 12:00am

    ... had cut rates for the first time since 2008. The fall in the banking stocks more than cancelled out gains by developers and power companies. The Hang Seng Index closed down 0.94 per cent ... Construction Bank, Bank of China and the Agricultural Bank of China, which plunged because of fears that their margins would be threatened by the rate cut. Investors are also concerned at China Banking ...

  2. Fuel rate cut eases pressure on large mainland refiners

    Posted Jun 09th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Eric Ng eric.mpng@scmp.com Beijing cut retail fuel prices by less than expected, easing pressure on the two big state-backed refiners, which can use higher profit margins created by recent rapid declines in crude oil prices to offset earlier refining loss ...

  3. Haitian eyes US$200m in Hong Kong share offer

    Posted Aug 30th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Chemical, the fertilizer unit of oil giant CNOOC, aims to raise about US$400 million next month. The two companies are pre-marketing the deals with investors and plan to start trading at the end ... dropped on investor fears of rising interest rates and a slowing economy, plan to return to the market, crowding the pipeline even further. Shui On Land, which owns the popular Xintindi project ...

  4. Interest rates and stamp duty put pressure on developers

    Posted Apr 04th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Sandy Li Rising interest rates and penalty stamp duty rates aimed at cracking down on speculation could end last year's brisk growth in property sales and present Hong Kong developers ... rates and facing a retreat by speculators from the market after the government imposed extra stamp duties on the quick turnover of properties and removed property as a qualifying asset under ...

  5. Another shock to expect if interest rates are to increase

    Posted Jun 10th 2010, 12:00am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... in affordability for that 99 per cent in recent years has been interest rates rather than prices. These interest rates have been at record low levels and even then heavily discounted for mortgages. They have been what kept monthly mortgage payments down while prices rose. But the first signs have now appeared that the next move on interest rates is up. The Hong Kong Monetary Authority's ...

  6. No 1 domestic energy shipping firm says coal rates up 10pc

    Posted Mar 30th 2010, 12:00am by Charlotte So

    ... Charlotte So China Shipping Development, the largest domestic energy shipping company on the mainland, said the contract freight rate for coal increased more than 10 per cent this year but at the low end of analysts' expectations. The company saw net profit drop 80.2 per cent to 1.06 billion yuan (HK$1.2 billion) last year as freight rates for commodities tracked the global ...

  7. Dah Sing's credit rating under pressure over payout deal

    Posted Jul 25th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Maria Chan Standard & Poor's ratings service has put Dah Sing Bank's credit rating on CreditWatch, with negative implications after a group of banks in Hong Kong agreed to a compensation deal to repay Lehman Brothers minibonds investors. Dah Sing's long-term unsolicited rating is BBB-plus. The ratings agency said the move reflected its view that Dah Sing's ...

  8. Lai See

    Posted Mar 14th 2007, 12:00am by Ben Kwok

    ... on the fertility rate in Hong Kong. 'When it comes to giving birth to babies, it is always the earlier the better,' said Mr Yuen. 'Also the more the better.' The roles of chief ... billion cash on hand, 'has such a strong capital base that its credit rating won't change even if it tripled its annual capital expenditure'. Majority shareholder John Swire & ...

  9. Business - Money - THE INSIDER

    Buys down for a third week as bosses hold on to shares

    Posted Aug 13th 2012, 12:00am by Robert Halili

    ... Robert Halili David Li and Dickson Poon raise stakes in their own companies; disposals are flat at HK$23.4 million Buys down for a third week as bosses hold on to shares The buying fell for a third straight week while selling among directors was flat, bas ...

  10. China Overseas lifts sales mark

    Posted Aug 11th 2012, 12:00am

    ... to maintain growth amid an uncertain global economic outlook, Kong expects Beijing to implement measures, such as cutting interest rates, to boost market liquidity. 'But there won't ...




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