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SoftBank estimates $4.6b gain from Alibaba listing

21 September 2014

TOKYO: Japan's SoftBank Corp said it expected a gain of about 500 billion yen ($4.6 billion) from Alibaba Group Holding's share listing in New York, where the Chinese e-commerce leader surged 38 percent on its first day of trade.

Germany's central bank head criticises ECB stimulus plan

21 September 2014

BERLIN: The head of Germany's Bundesbank has criticised the European Central Bank's (ECB) recent cut in borrowing costs and its pledge to buy repackaged debt, saying they took pressure off governments to implement needed reforms.

Maybank IB tops RAM lead managers table for PDS, Sukuk

20 September 2014

KUALA LUMPUR: Maybank Investment Bank Bhd took the top spot in RAM Rating Services Bhd’s League Table for private debt securities (PDS) and Sukuk issues for the period ended June 30, 2014.

European Central Bank says QE not on agenda

20 September 2014

FRANKFURT: The European Central Bank is not currently considering widening its asset purchases to include government debt, ECB Governing Council member Christian Noyer was quoted as saying on Saturday.

Hyundai directors kept in dark on size of $10b land bid

20 September 2014

SEOUL: Hyundai Motor and two listed affiliates did not seek board clearance for the size of their record $10 billion bid for a plot of land in Seoul, more than triple its appraised value, four board members of the companies told Reuters.

NCCIM's 70 members to accompany PM on US visit

20 September 2014

KUALA LUMPUR: The National Chamber of Commerce and Industry Malaysia (NCCIM) is bringing 70 of its members to the United States in conjunction with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak's one-week visit to the US next week.

Malaysian market likely to see pre-budget rally next week

20 September 2014

KUALA LUMPUR: Bursa Malaysia is likely to be bullish next week in the run-up to the Budget 2015, dealers said. A dealer said the budget expectations were likely to trigger a pre-budget rally and power, healthcare, construction, oil and gas sectors would likely attract investor interests.

China shuts almost 1.8 mln accounts in pornography crackdown

20 September 2014

BEIJING: China's Cyperspace Administration has closed nearly 1.8 million accounts on social networking and instant messaging services since it launched its anti-pornography campaign in April, state news agency Xinhua reported on Saturday.

Mindshare claims victory in survey

20 September 2014

MINDSHARE Asia Pacific, the global media agency network part of WPP, has become the only media agency to be ranked in the top 10 in Campaign Asia’s Most Admired Companies survey.

What to expect from Budget 2015

20 September 2014

IN the run-up to the Budget 2015 announcement next month, expectations are rising that the Government would introduce mitigating measures to alleviate the rising cost of living faced by the people and provide new incentives to companies amid the impending implementation of the goods and services tax (GST).

Govt does not expect immediate sharp increase in revenue

20 September 2014

THE Government does not expect an immediate sharp increase in its revenue as a result of implementing the Goods and Services Tax (GST).

First 2 CMQIP factories to be ready soon

20 September 2014

QINZHOU: The first two factories at the China-Malaysia Qinzhou Industrial Park (CMQIP) here will be completed soon and commence operations by end of the year.

Why developer interest-bearing schemes should be banned

20 September 2014

The Developer Interest-Bearing Scheme (DIBS) is marketed in such a way whereby the house buyers pay a small down payment during the signing of the sale and purchase agreement (SPA).

Bukit Gambang Resort City is an integrated resort city within a 727-acre secondary jungle.

Sentoria riding high

20 September 2014

EARLY investors in Sentoria Group Bhd, whose Bukit Gambang Resort City (pic) in Kuantan, Pahang, is quietly gaining prominence among holidaymakers on the east coast, can breathe a sigh of relief.

Maybank Philippines unit eyes M&A

20 September 2014

MANILA: The Philippine unit of Malayan Banking Bhd (Maybank) is holding preliminary talks with merger and acquisition targets to expand its domestic business, particularly consumer lending, its top official said.

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