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  • SAN FRANCISCO, Jan 29- Alibaba Group Holding Ltd's underwhelming holiday quarter performance and an escalating war of words with a powerful Chinese industry regulator highlight two major risks to its seemingly fairy-tale ascent: politics and the shift to mobile commerce. Now, Wall Street is cutting back on expectations in part because of fears that Chinese...

  • RIO DE JANEIRO, Jan 29- Brazilian miner Vale's mega-ships have been able to dock at five ports in China, the firm's head of investor relations said on Thursday, as a ban that had been in place since 2012 is relaxed. In 2012, China's Ministry of Transport banned the ships from the country's ports, citing safety concerns. A month later, one of the ships docked at a port in...

  • Apple shows rest of US how to crush it in China Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 1:50 PM ET
    Employees and customers cheer during the Apple store opening at Hang Lung Plaza on August 2, 2014 in Wuxi, China.

    Apple had strong sales and earnings results in China, and its methods can teach other American firms how to succeed there.

  • Magic fades? Alibaba stock plunges on revenue miss Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 11:15 AM ET
    Trader on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange during Alibaba IPO, September 19, 2014.

    Alibaba's stock plunges after the Chinese e-commerce giant reported quarterly revenue that fell short of expectations.

  • Simmering tensions over the issue spilled into public view on Wednesday, when U.S. business lobbies urged Beijing to postpone implementing new policies to make China's finance sector more dependent on domestic technology. In a letter to China's Central Leading Group for Cyberspace Affairs, chaired by President Xi Jinping, a group of U.S. business...

  • BEIJING— For years, Alibaba faced complaints it failed to stamp out sales of counterfeit goods on its e-commerce websites. Given the company's expanding role in China's state-dominated economy, "It's not a surprise that Alibaba finds itself under the spotlight in much the same way that many foreign firms have," said analyst Ben Cavender of the China Market...

  • LONDON, Jan 29- Standard Chartered's board will discuss succession planning at a meeting in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, people familiar with the matter said. It was inevitable issues around the succession of Chief Executive Peter Sands would come up, two people familiar with the matter said. The former McKinsey consultant steered Standard Chartered through...

  • Civil aviation chief Azharuddin Abdul Rahman said the hunt for the Malaysia Airlines jet, which disappeared March 8, 2014, while flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people, "remains a priority." The plane is believed to have crashed in the southern Indian Ocean, off the coast of western Australia. Malaysian Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai said the...

  • Apple takes top gifting spot in China - report Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 4:58 AM ET

    SHANGHAI, Jan 29- Apple Inc has taken the number one luxury gifting spot in China from designer goods maker Hermes International SCA, according to a Hurun luxury report on Thursday, reflecting the iPhone maker's recent hot streak in the country. The U.S. tech firm's focus on glitzy stores and high prices helped it post a 70 percent rise in sales in China in the last...

  • SHANGHAI, Jan 29- Chinese banks seeking to profit from the country's stock market frenzy have bought into the recent surge in margin finance, foiling regulatory efforts to reduce debt-fueled speculation and amplifying the risk if the rally turns into a rout. That exposes China's banking system to greater risks, even as lenders struggle with an economic...

  • Hong Kong shares end lower on falls in regional bourses Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 3:07 AM ET

    "Investor sentiment was hurt by the falls on mainland markets, and losses in the U.S. led the Hang Seng to fall further," said Sam Chi Yung, strategist at Delta Asia Financial Group in Hong Kong. Among the most actively traded stocks on Hong Kong's main board were Artini China Co Ltd, up 9.2 percent at HK $0.14, China Construction Bank, down 1.6 percent at HK $6.25 and Bank...

  • Are Singapore’s casinos back in the game? Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 2:50 AM ET

    Singapore's casinos haven't lived up to the hype, but Marina Bay Sands results suggest those writing off growth may need to write it back in.

  • HONG KONG, Jan 29- China's efforts to raise the global status of its currency are paying dividends, with the yuan breaking into the top five world payment currencies for the first time and offshore trading volumes catching up with those onshore. "Daily trading volume in CNH spot, forward and swap markets have already reached $30 billion, among which $10 billion is...

  • *Stock regulator to inspect 46 firms on margin trading-Xinhua. SHANGHAI, Jan 29- China's stock regulator has launched a fresh probe into brokerages which are lending money to investors to speculate on stocks, amid concerns that the country's share markets are becoming over-leveraged and vulnerable to a crash which could strain the banking system.

  • But by the time she applied to Yale, it was among the U.S. schools investing in more economic diversity among their growing ranks of international students. Guo, 19, is now a Yale sophomore, happily settled among the school's Gothic buildings. With more undergraduates coming from overseas than ever, Yale, Harvard and other schools— with help from the U.S. State...

  • SHANGHAI, Jan 29- China's stock regulator has launched a fresh probe into brokerages which are lending money to investors to speculate on stocks, amid concerns that the country's share markets are becoming over-leveraged and vulnerable to a crash which could strain the banking system. "The inspection belongs to normal regular supervision and should not be...

  • In a letter to China's top cybersecurity policy group dated Jan. 28, the American Chamber of Commerce in China and 17 other U.S. business lobbies urged Beijing to postpone the implementation of the new policies. U.S. tech vendors such as Cisco and Microsoft Corp are facing increased pressure from Chinese authorities to accept rigorous security checks before...

  • Las Vegas Sands' profits were 'deceiving': Fitch  Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 | 10:44 PM ET

    Michael Paladino, Senior Director of Gaming, Lodging & Leisure at Fitch Ratings, explains why the results of Singapore's Marina Bay Sands need to be "normalized for luck and tax benefits."

  • GRAINS-Wheat eases for 7th session, corn hits 3-month low Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 | 10:19 PM ET

    *Wheat falls for 7th day, trades near 3- month low. *Corn falls to almost 3- month low as crude oil weakens. Corn slid to an almost three-month low on the lack of demand for making grain-based fuel ethanol as crude oil prices hover near their weakest in six years.

  • SHANGHAI, Jan 29- China's stock regulator will inspect the stock margin trading business of 46 companies, the official Xinhua news agency said, amid concerns that the country's stock markets are becoming over-leveraged and vulnerable to a crash which could strain the financial system. "The inspection belongs to normal regular supervision and should not be...