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Thai tycoon is supremo of M&As in Singapore

Thai tycoon Charoen Sirivadhanabhakdi (pic) continued his acquisition spree of companies after completing the takeover of Fraser & Neave Ltd last year. Joining him in 2014 were a number of businessmen and businesses that made big deals across South-East Asia.

CIMB-RHB banking merger leads the pack

The biggest corporate deal in Malaysia this year was the plan to merge CIMB Group Holdings Bhd with two smaller rivals - a deal which was also one of the market’s best-kept secrets.

Mixed fortunes from cheaper oil

Economists say Asean countries likely to gain except for Malaysia which is net exporter of crude

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Big questions for markets for 2015

NEW YORK: Wall Street was generally calmer in 2014 than in previous years, but that doesn't mean the stock market was devoid of drama.

27 December 2014 | 9:14AM |

Stocks

Challenging year for equities

The local stock market’s benchmark index hit an all-time high this year and also saw record trading volumes.

27 December 2014 | 12:00AM |

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Japan govt approves $29 bln stimulus spending

TOKYO: Japan's government approved on Saturday stimulus spending worth $29 billion aimed at helping the country's lagging regions and households with subsidies, merchandise vouchers and other steps, but analysts are sceptical about how much it can spur growth.

27 December 2014 | 7:57PM |

Economy

Oil at US$20 or US$75?

AMID increasing uncertainty on the forward earnings of oil and gas services companies, the management of Yinson Holdings Bhd is fairly confident that its earnings for the next two years at least are fairly protected on the ground that the contracts are water tight.

27 December 2014 | 12:00AM |

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The economy to watch in 2015

Growth in the Philippines may have slowed down in the third quarter of 2014 but that isn’t putting a dampener on how some view this market.

27 December 2014 | 12:00AM |

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Bakrie Group hogs the limelight

The politically connected Bakrie Group and its flagship company PT Bumi Resources hogged the limelight in the corporate scene in Indonesia with two deals valued at a total of US$1.65bil.

27 December 2014 | 12:00AM |

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New electric car to run 400 miles in single charge

NEW YORK: U.S. electric car maker Tesla Motors Inc will relaunch its Roadster model with a new battery pack that will increase the distance the car can travel on a single charge by nearly two-thirds to more than 400 miles.

27 December 2014 | 7:12AM |

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Slipping on oily stocks

While the second half of 2014 has seen the oil market grapple with chaos as prices dived to the US$60 level, the initial bullish environment saw big money raised for many listed oil and gas service providers.

27 December 2014 | 12:00AM |

Oil

Thailand beats the odds

THAILAND has had a tough time of it since 2008. “Stalemate”, “uncertainty”, “gridlock” and “crisis” are some of the words that have been used to describe the country’s politics in recent years as so-called pro-establishment “yellow shirt” supporters battle against their anti-establishment “red shirt” rivals in sometimes bloody confrontations.

27 December 2014 | 12:00AM |

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Saudi 2015 budget based on oil price around $60

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia's 2015 state budget assumes an oil price close to current levels of around $60 a barrel for Brent crude, a shift from past budgets which were based on prices well below market levels, analysts say.

28 December 2014 | 10:19PM |

Economy

Trade-weighted euro may be set for shock upswing in 2015

LONDON: While investors are betting the euro will fall against the dollar next year, hopes that the European economy will therefore get a boost could be premature: it may not depreciate at all against currencies of other major trading partners.

28 December 2014 | 10:17PM |

Banking

China to widen deposit base for banks

BEIJING: The People's Bank of China (PBOC) will change rules governing how loan-to-deposit ratios are calculated at banks starting from next year, according to a copy of a central bank document seen by Reuters, in a move that will boost liquidity conditions.

28 December 2014 | 10:14PM |

Banking

Japan govt approves $29 bln stimulus spending

TOKYO: Japan's government approved on Saturday stimulus spending worth $29 billion aimed at helping the country's lagging regions and households with subsidies, merchandise vouchers and other steps, but analysts are sceptical about how much it can spur growth.

27 December 2014 | 7:57PM |

Economy

Big questions for markets for 2015

NEW YORK: Wall Street was generally calmer in 2014 than in previous years, but that doesn't mean the stock market was devoid of drama.

27 December 2014 | 9:14AM |

Stocks

Firms making headway overseas

It is long known that the Philippine corporate scene is one dominated and controlled by a number of family businesses.

27 December 2014 | 7:50AM |

Southeast Asia stocks: Malaysia posts best week since May 2013

BANGKOK: Malaysia's key index hit a more than two-week high on Friday, marking the best weekly gain in 19 months, as inflows from domestic institutions lifted large caps while the Thai benchmark rebounded after late buying in dividend-yielding stocks

27 December 2014 | 7:27AM |

Stocks

New electric car to run 400 miles in single charge

NEW YORK: U.S. electric car maker Tesla Motors Inc will relaunch its Roadster model with a new battery pack that will increase the distance the car can travel on a single charge by nearly two-thirds to more than 400 miles.

27 December 2014 | 7:12AM |

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