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  1. Danger stock market bull run may soon run out of steam

    Posted Feb 23rd 2012, 12:00am

    ... Tom Holland World stock markets have enjoyed a handsome bull run over the eight weeks since the beginning of the year. This week America's Dow Jones Industrial Average topped ... It is not just stock markets. Commodity prices have rallied smartly too, with the S&P GSCI commodity index up by 9 per cent so far this year. Given that stock markets usually run ahead ...

  2. Rich get richer on back of stock market bubble as inflation bites into the poor

    Posted Jan 02nd 2008, 12:00am by Cary Huang

    ... and sold it for three times as much in 2005 when the central government launched a crackdown on property speculation. The high-income professional then plunged into the stock market with the proceeds of the sale, just as the mainland's stock markets began climbing after a four-year bear run. Shanghai share prices have risen just about fivefold since then; almost doubling last ...

  3. Mainland data helps power surge in stocks

    Posted Oct 25th 2011, 12:00am

    ... in key export markets Europe and the US. Mainland stocks also rallied on the news, with the Shanghai Composite Index rising for the first time in five days to close up 2.29 per cent. ... Neil Gough neil.gough@scmp.com Hong Kong stocks were the best performers in Asia yesterday after a survey showed the mainland's manufacturing output grew for the first time in four ...

  4. Three-step test for whether markets have hit bottom

    Posted Dec 10th 2008, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... Evans, stock market strategist at HSBC, has come up with a three-part check list to test whether markets have really bottomed out. First, valuations have to fall to exceptionally low levels. This has already happened. At the market's October low, Hong Kong-listed stocks were trading at just a fraction above the book value of their assets. Mr Evan's second condition ...

  5. Best not to meddle in mainland markets

    Posted Jun 20th 2008, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... before that, it slumped 2.76 per cent. Last week, it dropped 13.84 per cent in just four trading days. Instead, stock exchanges are meant to be efficient markets for long-term equity capital. ... with the mainland's stock markets is that the government's constant meddling has destroyed all expectations of free and efficient price discovery. Instead, repeated government tinkering has persuaded ...

  6. Bank stocks fall ahead of increase in reserve ratio

    Posted Apr 19th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Jane Cai in Beijing Mainland bank stocks fell on the Hong Kong market yesterday as investors reacted to Beijing's announcement that it would raise bank reserve requirements, which ... and June, bank stocks may lose some momentum as the market pays more attention to macro policies,' Mao said. 'However, by the third quarter, we again see good entry points as banks ...

  7. Blackrock bullish on Asian stocks

    Posted Mar 08th 2012, 12:00am

    ... include telecommunications stocks of companies that serve the mainland and Southeast Asia and mainland property companies and banks. China, however, has lowered its gross domestic product forecast to 7.5 per cent for the year, which would be the first time that growth has fallen below 8 per cent in eight years. Not surprisingly, the move sent a shock wave through global stock markets ...

  8. Urge to intervene in the market should be resisted

    Posted Jun 15th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... The timing was significant. President Hu Jintao called a meeting of top leaders to discuss the nation's economic woes on Friday. On the same day, the Shanghai stock market continued ... market punters have read the central government to mean it will intervene and put a floor on the sliding stock market, which has lost more than 50 per cent since its October peak. The government ...

  9. Business - Economy - MARKETS

    Hot money inflow may rock markets, warns HKMA's Norman Chan

    Posted Dec 11th 2012, 12:00am by Enoch Yiu

    ... While worldwide monetary easing measures have sought to boost consumer and economic activities, they have also meant banks have more money to bet on stock and property markets in Hong Kong. Chan ... Enoch Yiu enoch.yiu@scmp.com Investors warned of 'highly abnormal' climate and urged to exercise caution in case of swing HKMA chief: hot money inflow may burn market Hong Kong ...

  10. Property - Hong Kong & China - HOME RENTS

    Mass market home rents surge, luxury rents flat

    Posted Nov 28th 2012, 12:00am by Peggy Sito

    ... rental stock was released into the market from vendors who had postponed their decisions to sell, then rents should soften, she said. "However, we may also see potential buyers renting for the interim period, feeling that prices may come down, in which case this will put pressure on rentals as stock is taken up," she said. Sage said of the rental market this year: "We have ...




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