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  • GDP data, smooth election could fuel baht rally February 17, 2019
    The baht is looking to repeat its performance as one of Asia’s best currencies last year. Monday’s growth data will shed light on a key pillar of its recent strength and may help it stay in pole position at least through the first quarter.
  • US-China trade talks: what's under debate February 17, 2019
    BEIJING - US and Chinese officials wrapped up days of trade talks in Beijing on Friday with plans to resume negotiations in Washington this week as the world's top two economies try to smooth out their thorny trade dispute.
  • No smoke without fire: Tobacco companies in quiet return to Formula One February 17, 2019
    PARIS: Tobacco giants Philip Morris and British American Tobacco have formed partnerships with their scientific research subsidiaries and Formula 1 teams Ferrari and McLaren more than a decade after cigarette advertising was banned from the sport.
  • Trump briefed in Florida on 'productive' China trade talks February 17, 2019
    WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump said Saturday he was briefed at his Florida resort by negotiators working to reach a trade deal with Beijing after their return from "very productive" meetings with Chinese officials.
  • UK airline flybmi collapses under fuel costs, Brexit pressures February 17, 2019
    LONDON - British regional airline flybmi announced on Saturday it had ceased operations and was filing for administration, blaming spikes in fuel and carbon costs and uncertainty over Brexit.
  • Sri Lanka plugs 'Buddhist tourist trail' site February 16, 2019
    The Sri Lankan Tourism Promotion Bureau has introduced a "Buddhist Tourism Trail", a Sri Lankan promotional website aiming to attract Thai and other travellers from Theravada Buddhism countries.
  • UN calls for economic help for Laos February 16, 2019
    As a transit country, Thailand should play a significant role in helping the neighbouring landlocked country of Laos improve their economic growth to achieve the goals of the 10-year-Vienna Programme of Action (VPoA) for Landlocked Developing Countries for the Decade 2014-2024, according to the programme's chief.
  • Voice TV back on air after admin court vetos blackout February 16, 2019
    Voice TV is back on air after the Central Administrative Court issued an injunction against the broadcasting regulator's 15-day blackout order pending a trial.
  • Gold prices up B50 to B19,550 February 16, 2019
    The Gold Traders Association this morning announced the buying prices at 19,101.60 baht per baht-weight for gold ornaments, and 19,450 baht per baht-weight for gold bars.
  • Outcry at refusal to ban toxic chemicals February 16, 2019
    Consumer groups have vowed to ramp up their campaign to force the national committee on hazardous substances to ban three hazardous farm chemicals immediately, not in another two years.

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  • Singapore O&G posts lower Q4 profit on impairment February 17, 2019
    SINGAPORE O&G (SOG), a specialist healthcare provider for women and children, recorded a dip in net profit for the fourth quarter ended Dec 31 to S$23,200 from S$2 million a year ago.
    Claudia Chong
  • Global Premium Hotels puts 23 hotels on market at S$1.4b February 17, 2019
    A PORTFOLIO of 23 hotels, mostly under the Fragrance brand, is up for sale by Global Premium Hotels (GPH) at an indicative price of S$1.4 billion.
    Lee Meixian
  • AusGroup seeks a balanced portfolio February 17, 2019
    WHILE construction and marine services provider AusGroup is often associated with the woes of its clients in the oil and gas sector, the group has been working hard of late to shake off this perception.
    Leila Lai
  • Bitter pill to swallow despite Olivia Lum's sweetener to small investors February 17, 2019
    THE desperate bid to save Hyflux from liquidation has taken many twists and turns, the latest being Hyflux boss Olivia Lum and her board of directors' offer to forfeit their shares in Hyflux as well as what little entitlements they have from the debt securities they own, in favour of small investors.
    Marissa Lee
  • Earnings in focus; TSH Corp completes RTO February 17, 2019
    WITH the earnings season in full swing and a fair share of companies reporting full year earnings, director transactions, in addition to filed substantial shareholder transactions have declined over the past two weeks.
    Geoff Howie
  • Sales of DR's Secret in China: Best World's best-kept secret? February 17, 2019
    BEST World International shares have soared 171 per cent over the past 12 months, driven by strong growth in China, where the group derives 66 per cent of total revenue from sales of the DR's Secret line of premium skincare products.
    Marissa Lee
  • Stock's volatility draws nine SGX queries in two years February 17, 2019
    THE Singapore Exchange's surveillance team has queried Best World nine times since April 2016 for unusual trading activity, most recently on Feb 7, when the shares surged 8.57 per cent in one day on no obvious news flow.
    Marissa Lee
  • Upcoming figures for home sales, durable goods under scrutiny February 17, 2019
    US STOCKS rose for the eighth straight week as optimism about a grand bargain between the US and China and consistently low Treasury yields offset surprisingly weak economic data.
    Rob Curran
  • Handbrake applied on the US dollar rally February 17, 2019
    THE USD/SGD currency pair hit a six-month low of 1.3442 on Jan 31, 2019 with the US Federal Reserve taking a more dovish stance on its monetary policies.
    Samuel Siew
  • Markets wait on trade talk, Fed updates February 17, 2019
    THE coming week will give investors plenty to think about, with new developments expected on both the local and international fronts.
    Leila Lai
  • StanChart reaffirms commitment to Singapore February 15, 2019
    DESPITE expanding its global presence over the years, Standard Chartered Bank has "always remained committed" to serving the Singapore market, said its chief executive officer in Singapore Patrick Lee.
    Jay Parmar
  • Scant cheer from market data and trade talks; STI slips 0.41% February 15, 2019
    FRIDAY was a day of bad news for markets, amid weak data from the two largest economies and reports that their negotiators were struggling to compromise on key issues in Beijing.
    Leila Lai
  • Cisco invests S$25m in cybersecurity centre and first S-E Asian co-innovation hub in S'pore February 15, 2019
    CISCO on Friday launched its first South-east Asian co-innovation centre in Singapore, focused on cybersecurity and the Internet of Things, alongside a new cybersecurity centre of excellence here.
    Sharanya Pillai
  • The tech effect in the real estate market in Singapore February 15, 2019
    I'VE been working in Singapore's commercial real estate market for more than two decades, and while the cityscape has changed over the years, one thing remains consistent: Singapore's constant innovation and reinvention. As the hub for transport and trade in the region, its pro-business environment and infrastructure continues to attract international business relocations - and […]
    Chris Fossick
  • Cromwell E-Reit buys French logistics property for 6.9m euros February 15, 2019
    CROMWELL European Reit (E-Reit) has acquired a logistics property located in France for 6.9 million euros (S$10.58 million) and three office assets in Poland for 69.38 million euros.
    Lynette Tan

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  • Britain seems to be setting itself up as ‘another Hong Kong’ February 17, 2019
    The City of London’s “charm offensive in the race for renminbi” has paid off, with London daily trading in renminbi now exceeding that in euro, the Financial Times reported. But this is only half the story, which is also about life after Brexit for Britain, and about the nation’s role in China’s “Belt and Road […]
  • The world is slowly drifting away from the US dollar as the sole reserve currency February 17, 2019
    There is growing resentment with the way the United States uses the privileged status of its currency within the international financial system as an instrument of its national policies. The latest expression of this came on February 1, when Germany, France and Britain launched an EU-backed payments system to help businesses circumvent unilateral US sanctions […]
  • Rising protectionism, concerns about technology’s reach are politicising, delaying merger reviews, lawyers say February 17, 2019
    As concerns rise about the reach of big technology companies and China’s growing political and economic influence around the globe, cross-border mergers and acquisitions are increasingly becoming politicised, deal lawyers said.Global merger and acquisition activity hit record levels last year, but the rate of deals falling apart was at its highest since the global financial […]
  • European Union finds itself in crossfire in Huawei battle February 17, 2019
    The global tech war over Huawei Technologies saw the European Union come under pressure from both the US and China as they fought over whether the company’s equipment should be banned from future 5G networks.“Chinese law requires them to provide Beijing’s vast security apparatus with access to any data that touches their networks or equipment,” […]
  • The Earth’s climate could be about to do something it hasn’t done for billion of years February 17, 2019
    Clambering along Clear Water Bay’s mountain trails yesterday, sweltering in an unseasonably hot 26 degrees Celsius, I was reminded afresh of the harm inflicted by Typhoon Mangkhut five months ago. Not just the shattered trees, but the silence, and the paucity of butterflies.I cheered myself by recalling the astonishing capacity of nature to recover from […]
  • China begins to embrace global sustainable investment trend, but big names still missing, says China chief of UN-backed body February 17, 2019
    Mainland China is slowly embracing the global responsible investment trend, tripling in the past year the number of investment firms agreeing to systematically include companies’ environmental, social and governance performance in their investment decisions.But a lack of asset owners – such as sovereign fund China Investment Corp (CIC), pension administrator National Council for Social Security […]
  • ‘Micro-home’ project T-Plus in Tuen Mun halts sales drive amid lacklustre buyer response February 16, 2019
    T-Plus, the residential project in Tuen Mun made up of micro homes smaller than a car parking space, said on Friday it will suspend sales with immediate effect, without providing a reason for the halt.The project, co-developed by mainland developer Jiayuan International Group and local developer Stan Group, announced the freeze after having sold just […]
  • Hong Kong’s securities watchdog freezes brokerage accounts for suspected involvement in misleading data February 16, 2019
    Hong Kong’s securities watchdog has frozen an unknown number of client accounts managed by three brokerages which were related to the suspected disclosure of false or misleading financial information by a listed company.The Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) has issued restriction notices that prohibit Changjiang Securities Brokerage, Haitong International Securities Company and Kingston Securities from […]
  • As China gets used to buying on credit, it remains important for GM financing arm even as new car sales soften February 15, 2019
    As concerns are increasing about rising delinquency rates among car buyers in the United States, GM Financial, the car loans arm of US carmaker General Motors, is increasingly looking to mainland China for potential growth.Not only is China the world’s biggest market for car purchases, but Chinese buyers make larger down payments and pay off […]
  • Chinese drivers switch lanes, follow US motorists in buying more used cars February 15, 2019
    Chinese consumers, whose penchant for frequent upgrades created the world’s largest automobile market in a generation, are discovering of late that new is not everything.They are switching gears to buy second-hand cars, eschewing first-hand models, as economic growth in mainland China weakens to its slowest pace in decades and an ongoing trade war with the […]

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