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  • Article / 14 August 2017 at 7:00 GMT

    Morning Markets: Asia-Pacific stocks gain as North Korea fears ease

    Consulting editor / TradingFloor
    Norway
    Morning Markets: Asia-Pacific stocks gain as North Korea fears ease
    Most major Asia-Pacific equity markets rose on Monday as jitters over North Korea eased, but still linger. Japan's equity market, which had been closed on Friday for a holiday, played catch-up and fell on Monday. Korea's Kospi Composite rebounded from Friday's selloff, and Hong Kong shares jumped, led by Internet giant Tencent.
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  • Article / 23 October 2015 at 2:33 GMT

    Earnings Preview: Sohu stays static as sector speeds past

    China Watcher / Shanghai
    China
    Earnings Preview: Sohu stays static as sector speeds past
    Sohu will report its third-quarter earnings on Monday morning, and I expect the firm will confirm my long-held belief that it is in a structural decline due to an unfeasible business model. The search engine Sogou will likely be the only positive part of the report, but strong revenue growth will only increase the possibility that it will either be spun-off or sold to a rival.
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  • Trade view / 20 October 2015 at 1:39 GMT
    Strategic trade

    JD and Tencent tie-up takes fight to Alibaba

    China Watcher / Shanghai
    China
    JD.com, Alibaba's biggest retail rival, and tech giant Tencent aer working closely together by further integrating e-commerce into the popular WeChat messaging app. JD.com's collaboration withTencent will have long-term benefits for investors. And it should be seen as a threat to Alibaba, as the organic flow from WeChat to JD.com will take business away from Alibaba.
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  • Article / 09 October 2015 at 2:55 GMT

    China gives Didi the green light, Uber a honk

    China Watcher / Shanghai
    China
    The taxi hailing app industry has seen a major development with domestic giant Didi-Kuaidi receiving a private driver license, which would allow it to legally allow users to hail private drivers. Uber looks set to apply for the same license as it continues to meet regulatory concerns.
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  • Trade view / 08 October 2015 at 2:20 GMT
    Strategic trade

    Mega-merger puts BABA in the box seat

    China Watcher / Shanghai
    China
    China is likely to see another tech mega-merger, with reports suggesting that O2O leaders Meituan and Dianping are set to join forces. The Alibaba-backed Meituan and the Tencent-backed Dianping. Alibaba would be the major beneficiary of this deal.
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  • Article / 02 October 2015 at 4:33 GMT

    Tencent puts student loans to the test

    China Watcher / Shanghai
    China
    Tencent puts student loans to the test
    Chinese student-focused micro-loan firm Fenqile is in talks with Tencent about further investment, which would see the tech giant follow in the footsteps of its biggest rival Alibaba. The growth of consumer credit access in China is much needed, but I continue to be concerned over firms that are specifically targeting financially naive students.
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  • Article / 16 September 2015 at 1:30 GMT

    Race for the smartest car takes on a new urgency

    China Watcher / Shanghai
    China
    Race for the smartest car takes on a new urgency
    The smart car concept is likely to be a dominant feature of 2016, as major Chinese tech firms are investing heavily in the business. The connections with the BAT trio are all there - and at the back of the investment, is gaining the knowledge of driver habits and lifestyles.
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  • Article / 02 September 2015 at 5:32 GMT

    Too many fingers in the O2O pie

    China Watcher / Shanghai
    China
    Too many fingers in the O2O pie
    Chinese O2O firm Ele.me's latest fundraising round has seen its valuation rise to $3 billion. This will help it to compete with existing industry stalwarts Dianping and Meituan. However, if the only way firms can build market share is by offering discounts, the industry is still a long way from maturity.
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  • Editor’s Picks / 11 August 2015 at 12:57 GMT

    Can WeChat revive China's stock markets?

    Bloombergview
    China's dramatic move to devalue its currency 1.9% overnight was no doubt partly driven by the vicissitudes of the Shanghai Composite Index which has proved resistant to all the best efforts of the government to manipulate it into a smoother vehicle for investors. But, asks Adam Minter, where government fails, could social media succeed? Tencent's social network site WeChat said last week it would soon unveil its own stock trading platform opening markets potentially to up to 549 million new users. With Tencent having already partnered with China Merchants Bank to create a platform that is easy to use, the approximate 30% bailout of Chinese investors from mainland stocks could soon be offset by a new influx keen to take their chance on the SHCOMP rollercoaster.
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