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  1. China Life warns of big dent in first-half earnings

    Posted Aug 07th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Yvonne Liu yvonne.liu@scmp.com China Life Insurance, the biggest life insurer on the mainland, yesterday warned its first-half net profit would be hit by a decline in investment yield ... 29.4 per cent from last year. This means its net profit for the first half would be at least 9.15 billion yuan (HK$11.1 billion)- higher than market expectations. According to Bloomberg, ...

  2. Second-half cheer may yet dispel dark outlook

    Posted Sep 01st 2011, 12:00am

    ... Neil Gough neil.gough@scmp.com With the reporting season for interim reports winding down, what do earnings in the first half say about the outlook for the rest of the year? First the bad news: based on what analysts have seen from the January-June period, they are growing more pessimistic about prospects for the second half. The 84 companies on the MSCI China Index ...

  3. PICC sees 97pc jump in first half

    Posted Aug 16th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Enoch Yiu enoch.yiu@scmp.com PICC Property and Casualty, one of the biggest insurers on the mainland, reported record interim profit for the first half, largely due to greater turnover, ... and 13.3 per cent rise in cargo. Total turnover increased 12 per cent year-on-year to 91.44 billion yuan during the first half. The company has a 37.3 per cent share of the general insurance market ...

  4. B.E.A. profit climbs 28.9pc in first half

    Posted Aug 05th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Lulu Chen lulu.chen@scmp.com Bank of East Asia's first-half profit jumped 28.9 per cent on the back of strong mainland-related business, but analysts said they would be monitoring the bank's capital levels in the second half. Hong Kong's third-largest lender by market value said profit after tax reached nearly HK$2.76 billion in the first six months, beating market ...

  5. DBS posts record HK$10b in half-year earnings

    Posted Jul 29th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Lulu Chen lulu.chen@scmp.com DBS Group, Singapore's largest bank, said it expected growth in the second half to remain driven by loans to Chinese companies, a sector that has been bolstering domestic loan growth since this year. The bank's first-half earnings jumped 23 per cent from a year ago to a record S$1.54 billion (HK$10 billion). Analysts said that was partly ...

  6. Sub-par first-half results by mainland funds

    Posted Jul 04th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Daniel Ren in Shanghai ren.wei@scmp.com Poor returns generated by China's mutual fund managers in the first half of the year could trigger another crisis of confidence among ... in 2000, 2006 and 2009. 'Mutual funds' strategy in the first half proved totally wrong,' Dazhong Insurance fund manager Wu Kan said. 'It's unlikely that they could produce ...

  7. Pay TV gains as first-half ad spending hits HK$14.2b

    Posted Jul 27th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Bien Perez Advertising spending in the first half rebounded from a loss a year ago, with Hong Kong's pay-television service providers reaping the most significant gains, according ... posted a 59 per cent year-on-year increase in advertising revenue in the first half. Cable TV spokesman Danny Lo said yesterday: 'The World Cup helped since we started running lead-in ...

  8. Six of one, half a dozen of the other

    Posted Jan 18th 2010, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... with Tom Holland The mainland authorities' recent approval of margin trading, short selling and stock index futures contracts is bound to reignite the age-old argument over whether these financial innovations, and index futures especially, heighten o ...

  9. Bankers expect syndicated loans to increase in second half

    Posted Jun 01st 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Maria Chan Bankers say that with early signs of economic recovery emerging, Hong Kong's syndicated loan market is expected to improve in the second half and that local ... in the second quarter,' Mr Cracknell said. He added there were deals in the pipeline and that the market could be much stronger in the second half. He said there were early signs some banks had ...

  10. Equity capital market surge seen this half-year

    Posted Jul 06th 2009, 12:00am by Nick Westra

    ... Wong Ka-chun, Nick Westra and Tim LeeMaster Hong Kong's equity capital market is expected to enjoy strong growth this second half of the year, driven by an increasing number ... months of this year as volume and value picked up significantly in the second quarter, according to data provider Dealogic. In Hong Kong, the offering market was weak in the first half, however, ...




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