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Stock market action from around the world, with a focus on Hong Kong, China and the rest of Asia.

Dismal China data puts the pressure on Beijing

Dismal China data puts the pressure on Beijing

A raft of China data from over the weekend didn't paint a very positive picture of the world's second-largest economy. It could add pressure on Beijing to ease policy.

Monday, 10 August, 2015, 2:26pm

Hong Kong director activity and company buy-backs plunge as focus turns to retail stocks

Several directors of gold jewellery retailer Luk Fook acquired a combined 230,000 shares on August 3 at HK$20.65 each. Photo: David Wong

Director activity plunged, based on filings on the Hong Kong stock exchange in the first week of August, with 15 companies that recorded 80 purchases worth HK$48.6 million against six firms with 19 disposals worth HK$46.3 million.

9 Aug 2015 - 11:40pm

Weakening retail sales in Hong Kong and mainland China cast shadow over property stocks

Hysan deputy chairman and chief executive Lau Siu-chuen attends the company's 2015 interim result announcement in Causeway Bay. Photo: May Tse

Property stocks performance hit by weakening spending mood

10 Aug 2015 - 12:24am 3 comments

Asia Week Ahead: China check-up and Tencent earnings

Asia Week Ahead: China check-up and Tencent earnings

Next week in Asia, a string of indicators out of China, Singapore reports Q2 GDP, and the Hong Kong stock exchange and Tencent report first half earnings.

7 Aug 2015 - 6:13pm

China markets can't shake volatility

China markets can't shake volatility

After Monday's massive plunge in Shanghai, Chinese equities saw more volatility in Tuesday trade even with a large additional liquidity injection from the central bank. (Photo: AFP) 

28 Jul 2015 - 6:12pm

Why Southeast Asia’s emerging markets are where I’d put my money

There are still plenty of problems in Indonesia but the government is willing to take the bull by the horns. Photo: AFP

Barings’ analysis shows emerging market assets returning 25pc less to investors over the next decade.

SCMP headline, July 16

22 Jul 2015 - 12:30pm 1 comment

Chinese GDP stable at 7 percent growth

Chinese GDP stable at 7 percent growth

China’s economy beat expectations of below 7 percent growth in the second quarter as better June data shows signs of a rebound despite the recent stock market rout. (Photo: AFP)

16 Jul 2015 - 12:15pm

Investors like Hong Kong after China's stock slide

Investors like Hong Kong after China's stock slide

China's heavy-handed approach to its stock market troubles has given Hong Kong a fresh financial boost as some start to question how Beijing handles a crisis. (Photo: Xinhua)

15 Jul 2015 - 4:00pm

Hong Kong company directors rush to boost holdings after market slump

The buy-back by Zoomlion was made on the back of the 39 per cent drop in the share price since June from HK$6.69. Photo: Reuters

The steep correction in the market prompted a surge in director buying last week, with 124 companies that recorded 703 purchases worth HK$2.26 billion. The figures were sharply up from the previous week's four-day totals of 40 firms, 161 purchases and HK$339 million.

13 Jul 2015 - 7:14am

Asia Week Ahead: China unsteady ahead of Q2 GDP

Asia Week Ahead: China unsteady ahead of Q2 GDP

China gives an indication on the pace of growth for the second quarter of 2015, while India reports trade and the Bank of Japan announces its latest rates decision.(Photo: Xinhua)

10 Jul 2015 - 4:51pm

Global stocks find support as China rebounds

Global stocks find support as China rebounds

Global stocks broke their losing streak Thursday as China rebounded and hopes of an improvement in the Greek debt crisis lifted stocks. (Photo: EPA) 

10 Jul 2015 - 8:38am

New York Stock Exchange halts, China fears hit Wall St.

New York Stock Exchange halts, China fears hit Wall St.

Stocks closed sharply lower as markets turned their attention to China, eclipsing the focus on Greece. Trading was halted for much of the day on the NYSE, but continued on other exchanges. (Photo: Reuters) 

9 Jul 2015 - 8:39am

As Chinese stocks plunge, $32 billion of U.S. deals at risk

As Chinese stocks plunge, $32 billion of U.S. deals at risk

The plunge in Chinese stocks and suspension of new share listings could hurt $32 billion worth of "take-private" deals in the U.S., M&A experts said. (Photo: Reuters) 

8 Jul 2015 - 11:55am

China shares bounce back on rescue fund talks

Turnover in Shanghai jumped to 943.4 billion yuan on Monday from 643.5 billion yuan on Friday. Photo: AP

Mainland China stocks bounced back moderately on Monday, ending the Shanghai Composite index’s three-week losing streak, after 21 Chinese brokerages over the weekend pledged billions of dollars to form a 120 billion yuan (HK$150 billion) stock rescue fund.

6 Jul 2015 - 6:24pm 1 comment

Leverage risks heightened for Chinese companies in market rout

People go in and out of the Shanghai Stock Exchange building as leverage risk is increasing in China, especially when the market suffers a severe downturn. Photo: Reuters

Despite reassurances by regulators that margin debt in China’s stock markets remains manageable, total leverage could be as much as US$645 billion - magnifying risks not just for retail investors, but also the thinly stretched corporate sector.

1 Jul 2015 - 8:22am

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