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  • HONG KONG, Jan 28- China's Hunan TV& Broadcast Intermediary Co Ltd has agreed a deal with U.S. studio Lions Gate Entertainment Corp that will see the two firms invest a combined $1.5 billion in film making, marking the latest inroad by a Chinese firm into Hollywood. Lions Gate, known for producing movies such as "The Hunger Games", and Hunan TV plan to invest the $1.5...

  • BEIJING, Jan 28- Chinese regulators will launch a fresh investigation into stock margin trading, and banks have been told to tighten lending supervision to avoid loans being funnelled into stock markets, three sources with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters. The China Securities Regulatory Commission and the China Banking Regulatory Commission...

  • *Sale of stake in Greece's biggest utility halted. ATHENS, Jan 28- Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras promised "radical" change on Wednesday as his new government swiftly moved to roll back key parts of Greece's international bailout, prompting a third day of losses on financial markets. Even before the first meeting of the new cabinet, ministers had hit the airwaves to...

  • SHANGHAI, Jan 28- Apple Inc is steering clear of Chinese rival Xiaomi Inc's low-price online strategy, ramping up store openings in China to harness its premium edge and fend off the fast-growing No.3 global smartphone maker. "In the long run Xiaomi is more of a threat to Apple than say Samsung," said Ben Thompson, analyst at Stratechery.com. Instead, Apple plans to...

  • SINGAPORE, Jan 28- Singapore Exchange Ltd's chief executive said on Wednesday he is looking to emulate the much-heralded Stock Connect link between Hong Kong and Shanghai by formally linking together Southeast Asian bourses. He wants a fledgling link between stock broking houses in Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand, known as the Association of Southeast...

  • US stocks move higher in early trading; Apple up sharply Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 | 4:29 AM ET

    U.S. stocks moved higher in early trading Wednesday after very strong earnings from Apple and Boeing. Apple said late Tuesday that it sold 74.5 million iPhones during the three months that ended Dec. 31, beating Wall Street expectations for the latest models of Apple's most popular gadget, introduced in September. JETSETTER: Boeing's profit vaulted 19 percent...

  • *Citigroup says spot price could drop to $53 later in year. *China steel output seen slipping in 2015. SINGAPORE, Jan 28- A deepening iron ore glut and worries over a sharper economic slowdown in top buyer China will drive the average 2015 price for the steelmaking ingredient to a record low, a Reuters poll showed.

  • BEIJING, Jan 28- Chinese regulators will launch a fresh investigation into stock margin trading, and banks have been told to tighten supervision of their lending practices to ensure loans aren't funnelled into stock markets, three sources with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters. The China Securities Regulatory Commission and the China Banking...

  • *Regulator says met Alibaba in July to discuss illegal business. SHANGHAI, Jan 28- A China regulator has accused Alibaba Group Holding Ltd of failing to clean up what it called illegal business deals on the e-commerce titan's platforms, in an unusually strong government criticism of one of the country's biggest private firms. "Alibaba Group has long paid...

  • KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia— Civil aviation authorities in Malaysia will release a required report on the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 a day before the one-year anniversary, but it won't have any conclusion on what happened because the search is ongoing. The report to be released March 7 will focus on investigations into the search for the plane,...

  • Hong Kong key index rose on Fed hopes Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 | 3:13 AM ET

    Jan 28- Hong Kong's key share index rebounded on Wednesday as investors speculated that the Federal Reserve may delay raising interest rates until the second half of the year. Among the most actively traded stocks on Hong Kong's main board were CCT Land Holdings Ltd, unchanged at HK $0.02, Mission Capital Holdings Ltd, up 40.0 percent at HK $0.14 and China...

  • BEIJING, Jan 28- China's Spring Airlines Co Ltd has seen its share price more than double within just six days of listing on the Shanghai stock exchange, making it Asia's most valuable budget carrier. That made the airline worth 15.29 billion yuan, pushing Malaysian low-cost carrier AirAsia Bhd into second place with a market capitalisation of $2.13 billion.

  • BEIJING— Chinese regulators accused e-commerce giant Alibaba of permitting sales of fake goods and hurting consumers in a report that was withheld until now to avoid disrupting the company's U.S. stock market debut. Alibaba, one of China's biggest private companies, responded Wednesday with a statement accusing the regulator of bias and misconduct in a rare...

  • China stocks extend slide, Hong Kong edges up Tuesday, 27 Jan 2015 | 11:46 PM ET

    SHANGHAI, Jan 28- China stocks fell on Wednesday on concerns about tighter liquidity and a fresh slide in oil prices, but Hong Kong managed to eke out gains as telecommunications counters climbed. In Hong Kong, the Hang Seng index rose 0.3 percent to 24,889.02 points, buoyed by telecommunications, with industry heavyweight China Mobile rising 1.8 percent.

  • China's yuan joins top 5 most-used global currencies Tuesday, 27 Jan 2015 | 10:18 PM ET

    BEIJING— China's yuan has become of the five most widely used currencies in global payments, an international financial transactions agency announced Wednesday. Beijing is gradually easing controls on the yuan and encouraging its use abroad in an effort to reduce costs for its traders and increase Chinese companies' role in the global economy.

  • Yahoo’s Mayer saves her job with Alibaba spinoff Tuesday, 27 Jan 2015 | 9:21 PM ET
    Marissa Mayer

    Marissa Mayer likely extended her life as Yahoo's CEO by spinning off the company's stake in Alibaba. The next challenge will be acting fast enough to fix the company's core business.

  • SHANGHAI, Jan 28- Chinese securities regulators are intensifying their scrutiny of share sales by insiders at listed companies, state media reported, as Beijing tightens its grip on a stock market rally which some fear is being twisted by market manipulation. The official China Securities Journal said on Wednesday that the China Securities Regulatory...

  • Shanghai Composite to drop below 3,000?  Tuesday, 27 Jan 2015 | 8:35 PM ET

    Hao Hong, Managing Director of Research at Bank of Communications International, says levels below 3,000 points on the benchmark index will create better entry points for investors.

  • Slowing China to drive M&A: PwC  Tuesday, 27 Jan 2015 | 7:34 PM ET

    David Brown, China and Hong Kong Transaction Services Leader at PwC, says M&A activity in China enjoyed a robust year in 2014 despite weak economic growth.

  • Can Apple sustain 70% growth in China?  Tuesday, 27 Jan 2015 | 6:34 PM ET

    Tim Bajarin, President of tech research and advisory firm Creative Strategies, says Apple won't be losing its focus in the mainland anytime soon.