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Emerging Asian equities and currencies gained after China cut a key lending rate to support the economy, and as the dollar and U.S. yields lost steam, while the Indonesian rupiah firmed after the government said it would lift an export ban on palm oil.
SHANGHAI: Asian shares jumped on Friday after China cut a key lending benchmark to support a slowing economy, but a gauge of global equities remained set for its longest weekly losing streak on record amid investor worries about sluggish growth.
KUALA LUMPUR: The FBM KLCI partially retraced earlier gains to end slightly higher at midday amid ongoing volatility in plantations stocks following Indonesia's scheduled lifting of its crude palm oil export ban.
Myanmar's junta on Thursday evening (May 19) threatened to downgrade diplomatic ties with Australia after it said Canberra would not replace its recently-departed ambassador to the military-run country.
THE abysmal performance of businesses that have gone public by merging with special-purpose acquisition companies (SPACs) has emboldened the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to beef up investor protections and disclosure requirements.
Here's a look at the news highlights from Asean countries in the Star-AseanPlus section for Thursday (May 19, 2022)
The Philippine central bank raised interest rates Thursday for the first time in more than three years, in a bid to curb inflation as rising fuel prices and food shortages push up living costs.
SHANGHAI: China is expected to cut benchmark lending rates at its monthly fixing on Friday, a second reduction this year, a Reuters survey showed, as it seeks to prop up credit demand to cushion an economic slowdown due to COVID-19 disruptions.