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As investors pommelled Anheuser-Busch InBev’s stock and bonds after the Budweiser maker scrapped what would have been the year’s largest initial public offering, little did they know Chief Executive Officer Carlos Brito had a Plan B that’s been in the works for months.A week after pulling a share sale of its Asian business, AB InBev on Friday agreed to sell its Australian unit – part of the portfolio that had been offered to investors – to Asahi Group Holdings.
Two of Hong Kong’s biggest property developers plan to squeeze more than 11,000 homes onto a parcel of land they had originally earmarked for 300 villas, as government schemes to boost land supply face delays.Sun Hung Kai Properties and Hongkong Land Holdings have applied to increase the plot ratio – the gross floor area of a project compared to the size of the plot – of a newly-converted piece of farmland in the New Territories.They want to raise the ratio by more than 13 times so that the 1.5...
Taking a look at the world and capital markets through the widest macroscopic lens is a sensible way of determining what matters when it comes to investing. However, now and again the micro narrative takes over, and the corporate earnings season is one of those times.The current macro economic backdrop is uninspiring but understandable. The trade war has dented corporate activity and economic sentiment, but central banks have signalled their intent to ease rates to steady the economic ship.The…
Did you know that a 5G base station can be squeezed into a casing the size of a shoebox? It’s thanks to gallium, a soft, bluish metal that makes it possible.The chipsets that generate powerful bursts of high frequency radio waves are not made with silicon, but gallium nitride. They consume little electricity, produce little heat, and can function comfortably at 800 degrees Celsius, making bulky equipment for power supply and air conditioning redundant.Gallium is one of the 35 technology…
China is strengthening its grip on the rare earths supply chain and could use its dominant position as a bargaining chip in the US-China trade war.China has been investing heavily on facilities to do the bulk of the dirty and environmentally damaging mining and ore processing work for the world and systematically turning its know-how and methodologies into patents that could give it a competitive edge against its rivals.The country, which already supplies more than 80 per cent of the world’s...
The recent rallies in gold and bitcoin have entered their third week, with spot gold reaching a six-year high of US$1,446.10 an ounce on Thursday and the cryptocurrency hovering close to a year-high of US$10,568 on Friday.There should be very little common ground for the 10-year old cryptocurrency whose abstract existence resides purely in the decentralised computer network of the blockchain, and the centuries-old precious metal whose holders, ranging from central banks to merchants and traders...
China, the world’s biggest producer of television displays, is poised to benefit from a new wave of demand for connected televisions and related devices as consumers upgrade their hardware to take advantage of the functionality afforded by the shift to 5G superfast telecom networks, according to industry executives at a forum.Chinese brands have the opportunity to become global brands and boost sales as more consumers are expected to upgrade their TV sets with the rapid development of cutting...
Hong Kong-based property developer Nan Fung deepened its diversification into health care with the announcement on Friday of a joint venture that will produce and sell in mainland China biosimilar versions of medicines used to treat arthritis and cancers.Shanghai-based Vcell Healthcare Limited, set up in collaboration with South Korean biopharmaceutical company Celltrion, will own the rights to develop, manufacture and commercialise three of Celltrion’s major biosimilars – Remsima, Truxima and...
Chinese stocks closed higher for the first time in four days on Friday, following comments by a Federal Reserve official that suggested the US central bank would cut interest rates more aggressively than anticipated.The Shanghai Composite Index rose 0.9 per cent to 2,924.2 at the close, snapping a three-day, 1.4 per cent losing streak.
A cash crunch at one of China’s best-known conglomerates is getting worse as the company said it will not be able to pay its upcoming dollar notes.China Minsheng Investment Group’s offshore unit said in a filing that it won’t be able to repay the principal, as well as the interest on the 3.8 per cent US$500 million bond due August, after considering its liquidity and performance.
The largest residential site at Hong Kong’s former Kai Tak airport received fewer than expected bids when a government tender closed at noon on Friday, as property developers take a more cautions stance on the local property market following recent downgrades to the city’s economic outlook.The plot designated Area 4A Site 1, located on the former runway with a gross floor area of 1.08 million square feet, received at least four known bids from CK Asset Holdings, Sun Hung Kai Properties, a...
An iconic office and hotel building in Beijing controlled by the Chinese fugitive Guo Wengui will go on the auction block on August 19, as his creditors sell his forfeited assets to recoup debt.Pangu Plaza Tower 5, a 39-storey building shaped like a dragon’s head next to the Bird’s Nest Olympic Stadium in Beijing, will open for bids for 24 hours from 10:00am on August 19 on Alibaba’s Taobao e-commerce site.
Huawei Technologies, the world’s largest telecommunications equipment vendor, said more than half of the contracts it has signed so far to supply next-generation 5G gear is with European operators.Huawei has secured 50 5G commercial contracts globally, of which 28 of them are signed in Europe, Chen Lifang, president of Huawei’s public affairs and communications department, said in Brussels on Thursday.The Shenzhen-based company, which leads in global 5G equipment sales, did not disclose the...
Good day, traders, and TGIF ­­—. We had some positive developments out of the US and on trade that could boost sentiment here. Two US Federal Reserve officials made comments about the wisdom of acting early if the U.S. appears ready to slide, though they later said they weren't talking specifically about the possible Fed rate cut at the end of this month.
In the executive suite of the world’s largest listed companies, the length of time top corporate leaders can be expected to remain at the helm has fallen to a multi-year low, while the percentage being ousted for unethical conduct is at its highest since the turn of the millennium, according to a survey by PwC.Among the world’s 2,500 largest public companies, 17.5 per cent changed their chief executive last year, reflecting the highest turnover rate recorded since 2000, according to PwC’s 2018 ...
China’s 5G network investments are predicted to surpass those in North America between 2019 and 2023, as the world’s second largest economy rapidly shifts from 4G to the next-generation mobile technology amid trade tensions with the United States.Total spending on 5G in China will be "more than twice the size" of North America’s next-generation network investments over that period, according to a report on Wednesday by Dell’Oro Group, without providing these figures.
An enduring theme of the recent protests on the streets of Hong Kong has been the age divide. It is a truism that if you are under 20 and you are not a socialist, you have no heart. If you are over 20 and you are a socialist, you have no head.Young people have been criticised by their elders for being inexperienced, easily-led and naive. The old have been accused by the young as outdated, outmoded, fuddy-duddy and out of touch. After all they can barely spell “WhatsApp”, let alone “Viber” and …
Donald Trump is in full campaign mode.While America’s president, an anti-establishment populist and former reality television host, has, in truth, never stopped campaigning since he began his run for the White House in 2015, his rhetoric is becoming more incendiary by the day as he gears up for the most divisive presidential election in recent memory.Although Trump reserves his most provocative tweets for domestic politics, he has been much more vocal of late about his displeasure over the...

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