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  1. Business - Banking & Finance - SECURITY

    Xi Jinping's security commission to also tackle financial industry

    Posted Jan 28th 2014, 04:30am by George Chen, Teddy Ng

    ... into the "emerging threat" category. "We do have several different departments to tackle financial security matters. For example, the State Administration of Foreign Exchange has been monitoring 'hot money' closely, and the Ministry of State Security has a team of experts to deal with related problems," said a government source familiar with the situation. "But if we ...

  2. US recession fears shake markets

    Posted Jan 22nd 2008, 12:00am by Nick Westra

    ... and Germany's Dax down 7.16 per cent. Earlier, Shanghai dropped 5.14 per cent, India slumped 7.41 per cent, Japan slid 3.86 per cent and Korea fell 2.95 per cent. Wall Street was closed yesterday ... from its record 31,638.22 reached on October 30. The Bank of China, which has the largest subprime-related losses of any Asian lender, slipped 6.39 per cent to HK$3.37 after BNP Paribas said ...

  3. North China Shipping makes third IPO bid

    Posted Feb 21st 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Wong Ka-chun Dry bulk firm eyes US$800m from offering North China Shipping Holdings, a dry bulk unit of the mainland's privately run Hebei Ocean Shipping, has made its third ... as fears of an economic slowdown in the United States heightened. The index had bounced back 30 per cent by the end of last month on hopes that demand for commodities in Asia, particularly ...

  4. HK market expected to greet Ox by catching up with global rally

    Posted Jan 29th 2009, 12:00am by Nick Westra

    ... Nick Westra Investors may take the bull by the horns today when trading kicks off in the Year of the Ox after global markets rallied on signs that the United States plans to revive frozen ... stimulus measures. Japan jumped 4.93 per cent on Tuesday and added 0.56 per cent yesterday. Australia climbed 1.5 per cent. And after being shut earlier in the week, South Korea closed 5.91 per ...

  5. Exporters and tech stocks shine as region turns bullish

    Posted Oct 05th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... markets on Friday, caught some investors on the wrong foot. That triggered short covering which helped accelerate the gains- particularly in Seoul, where the Korea Composite Index jumped 4.12 per ... but domestic factors played a key role for individual markets. Investors looked to a favourable Bank of Japan tankan report, speculation about an interest-rate cut in Korea and excess liquidity ...

  6. Hope for stocks despite dismal economic outlook

    Posted Sep 05th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Tom Holland Ever since the credit crunch began to bite in the late summer of 2007, policymakers in the Western world have been haunted by the fear that the United States is following ... the developed markets is expected to remain relatively robust, that leaves stock markets looking cheap by historical standards. And even if company earnings in the developed world fail to grow at all ...

  7. Agricultural Bank bid to split rural finance unit fails

    Posted Sep 02nd 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... combining ABC's agriculture finance and non-agriculture business would affect the value of its listing as investors had concerns about farm-related units. The industry source said ABC's ... board since 2005 but the lender is increasingly being eclipsed by the other three listed state-owned banks- Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, China Construction Bank Corp and Bank ...

  8. Off with their talking heads

    Posted Feb 06th 2012, 12:00am

    ... as in practically everything else in life, outcomes are hard to predict. Just how hard is reflected in a study conducted by economist Tim Harford, who looked at forecasts for Britain, the United States ... market calls. But at the beginning of last year, he made a number of predictions. Among them was the observation that natural gas prices were relatively low and would rise in the next few years. ...

  9. No time for good buys

    Posted Dec 12th 2011, 12:00am

    ... first at market valuations. The S&P 500 in the United States has traded at an average price-earnings ratio (PER) of about 16 times for the past 100-plus years. This ratio reached a high of 44.2 in December 1999 and a low of 4.78 in December 1920. Just 10 years ago, the PER rarely slumped below 20 times; now the S&P is trading at about 13. This is relatively high in comparison ...

  10. Sohu unit ready to play the IPO game

    Posted Aug 09th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Sophie Yu sophie.yu@scmp.com Undaunted by the current poor appetite among investors for Chinese information technology companies, mainland web game developer 7Road.com flagged a plan this week to list American depository receipts (ADRs) in the United States. 7Road.com is a subsidiary of the mainland's online game developer and operator Changyou.com, which in turn ...




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