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Banking sector likely to lead the way reviving dividend payouts 

Banking sector likely to lead the way reviving dividend payouts 

A post-pandemic recovery and companies with strong cash positions could see global dividend payments bounce back by as much as 5% this year.The coronavirus sparked the biggest slump in payouts since the financial crisis more than a decade ago but a best-case scenario, outlined in a new report released on …

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Reflation trade boosts as day trader volatility dies 

Reflation trade boosts as day trader volatility dies 

(ATF) HONG KONG: Asian markets rallied boosted by the return of the reflation trade, as the move by regulators to address the day trader frenzy which has stoked volatility in recent sessions also boosted sentiment.On the coronavirus front, hopes the end of the pandemic is in sight were stoked by …

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Stock bubble worries push Chinese investors south for bargains 

Stock bubble worries push Chinese investors south for bargains 

As China's blue-chip index approaches an all-time high, and bargain-hunters look to Hong Kong, there are now growing fears about bubbles developing in some parts of the country's stock market. Retail investors have been pouring money into stocks via mutual funds, pushing valuations in sectors such as consumer, healthcare and …

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China’s big rebound underway as firms hint at profits surge 

China’s big rebound underway as firms hint at profits surge 

(ATF) Dozens of China’s A-share listed firms have hinted that they performed startlingly well in 2020, suggesting the nation’s economy is already rebounding from the global pandemic.The performance of A-share listed companies can be seen as a "barometer" of the Chinese economy – and as of January 8, a total …

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Asia stocks hit record peak as investors buy into recovery hopes 

Asia stocks hit record peak as investors buy into recovery hopes 

Asian shares hit a record peak on Wednesday as world stocks edged closer to recent highs again, with investors betting on a strong economic recovery next year.The upbeat mood pushed the safe-haven dollar to its lowest since April 2018 as MSCI's gauge of Asia-Pacific shares, excluding Japan, rose 1.4% to …

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Mood soured by US Treasury-Fed spat

Mood soured by US Treasury-Fed spat

(ATF) Hong Kong: Financial markets tumbled on Friday as an unprecedented spat between the US Treasury and the Federal Reserve over pandemic recovery funds hammered sentiment already shaken by the rising coronavirus infection count.But mainland China and Hong Kong stocks edged up as the People’s Bank of China (PBoC) kept …

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Investors cautious on vaccine, stimulus delay

Investors cautious on vaccine, stimulus delay

(ATF) Hong Kong: Asian markets stumbled on Friday as investors worried about the time it would take for a roll-out of a vaccine even as the coronavirus spread surged in many countries reigniting fears of a further economic slowdown.The mood was further dampened when the US stimulus package hit another …

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Vaccine rally fizzles as infections rise, Trump sits tight

Vaccine rally fizzles as infections rise, Trump sits tight

(ATF) Hong Kong: Investors were on edge as rising coronavirus infections across the US and Europe began to weigh on optimism over a vaccine.Markets were also awaiting the next phase of the US post-election drama with President Donald Trump yet to formally concede defeat.There is growing hope a vaccine will …

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China underperforms after GDP data disappoints

China underperforms after GDP data disappoints

(ATF) Hong Kong: Stimulus hopes attracted investors back to risk assets after US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi extended the deadline for an agreement on stimulus after President Donald Trump said he could convince Republicans to back a so-called “good” deal.“The possibility of a fresh fiscal stimulus shot in the US …

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China will extend IPO reforms to other markets when appropriate

China will extend IPO reforms to other markets when appropriate - Xinhua

China will extend its initial public offering (IPOs) reforms to all parts of its stock markets at an appropriate time, state media Xinhua reported on Thursday, quoting the head of the securities regulator.China has applied a U.S.-style registration-based IPO system on Shanghai's tech-focused STAR Market to attract listings and help …

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