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SYDNEY, Jan 2- China's growth engine looks to have ended last year on a flat note as its massive factory sector sputtered in December, though ebbing price pressures also offered scope for more policy stimulus from Beijing and across much of Asia. The tale was similar from Singapore to South Korea to Indonesia as manufacturers struggled with weak demand, both at...
Singapore's economic growth disappointed in the fourth quarter, as manufacturing contracted and tourism slumped.
While Singapore's property market has cooling signs, with volume of new private home sales halving, it has defied expectations of a sharp correction.
Gold steadied below $1,200 an ounce as traders awaited the outcome of the U.S. Federal Reserve's last policy meeting of the year.
DBS posted a 17 percent rise in quarterly profit, helped by its highest net interest margin though loan growth slowed to its weakest pace.
Singapore topped the World Bank's ease of doing business rankings for the ninth consecutive year, according to a report, released Wednesday.
Gold settled lower ahead of this week's Fed meeting, with a retreat in the dollar and a softer tone to stocks helping the metal.
China's third quarter gross domestic product report delivered an upside surprise, helping calm investor nerves over the faltering global recovery.
Growth in China's services sector weakened slightly in September as new business cooled, reinforcing signs of a slowdown in the economy.
New plans to clean up China's long-feared local government debt will bring near-term pain, but a longer-term fix may be in sight, analysts say.
Indonesian markets have priced in bright prospects for reforms, but a new law eliminating local elections has spurred concerns of political gridlock.
Singapore's casinos opened their doors in 2010 with great expectations for the market's potential growth, but some believe the party may be over.
Gold hovered near its lowest in three months, dimming the metal's appeal as a currency hedge.
OCBC's planned rights issue to finance its pricey Wing Hang Bank acquisition has reassured the market, but now it must overcome skepticism.
DBS Group Holdings said second-quarter net profit climbed 9 percent, beating expectations with the help of 10 percent growth in loans.
Malaysia's central bank raised its key interest rate as expected, to help temper inflation and rising consumer debt.
Singapore's real-estate trusts have recovered to around the highest levels since last year's "taper tantrum," but Nomura says the rally may end soon.
Indonesian stocks jumped more than 2 percent to one-year highs on Thursday, as investors bet on an election win by Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo.
Indonesia's presidential election is two weeks away and a narrowing lead for frontrunner Joko "Jokowi" Widodo spells uncertainty for local markets.
Gold fell as the dollar swung into positive territory, after the U.S. jobs report came in almost exactly in line with expectations.