CHICAGO, Oct 24- Bunge Ltd's new chief executive signaled plans to shed its loss-making Brazilian sugar milling business, making Bunge the first major merchant to consider exiting the one-hot sector that has swallowed billions of dollars of investment. Bunge reported a quarterly net loss of $137 million as the sugar unit dragged on earnings.
*Cargill, ADM, Barry Callebaut buy more than half the world's cocoa. NEW YORK, Oct 9- This past summer, European authorities took just six weeks to approve Barry Callebaut's $950 million purchase of Petra Foods' cocoa business, a deal that created the world's largest cocoa company with a quarter of the $10 billion market.
Asian shares were mostly higher Friday, but gains were capped by uncertainty over the stability of emerging markets and the possibility of a military strike against Syria despite indications a delay might be in the offing.
Singapore's Temasek Holdings says the size of its portfolio soared to a record high in the financial year ending March 2013.
Carson Block, Founder of Muddy Waters Research, discusses why he believes the market is underestimating the risk in Standard Chartered's loan book.
The CEO of Singapore-based commodities firm Olam International, which was targeted by short seller Muddy Waters last year, said the firm has listened to its fiercest critics as it cuts capital spending and downsizes profit expectations.
Olam International, under pressure to retreat from a debt-fueled acquisition spree, will unveil a strategy review on Thursday that many investors hope will target less growth and more cash.
Roger Tan, CEO, SIAS Research says F&N's share is worth between S$8.50 and $11.50 each, and that TCC can afford to increase its bid.
Olam International, which has been battling short-seller Muddy Waters, said on Friday that Singapore state investor Temasek Holdings had raised its stake in the commodities firm to 19 percent from 18 percent.
Asia's wealthiest investors may lose some of their appetite for corporate bonds after getting burned in recent deals, analysts and bankers say, sowing caution in a market where issuance hit a record this year and hiking funding costs for riskier borrowers.
Muddy Waters Research characterized Olam's $1.25 billion fund-raising plan as a "sovereign bailout" since it is backed by Singapore state investor Temasek.
Carson Block, Founder of Muddy Waters Research says Olam's rights issue is a clear victory for the research firm. He characterized the company's $1.25 billion fund-raising plan as a "sovereign bailout".
Alan Lok, Director, Sabio Global Singapore says Olam has not explained its business model clearly enough, and cautions investors to take a long-term view on its stock.
Singapore commodity trader Olam International requested on Monday a trading halt in its shares for one day pending the release of an announcement.
A takeover of Singapore listed agribusiness firm Olam International is "technically possible," CEO Sunny Verghese told CNBC on Thursday.
Sunny Verghese, Group Managing Director & Chief Executive Director, Olam International says Muddy Waters is working in concert with a group of hedge funds to attack Olam.
Magnus Bocker, CEO, Singapore Exchange says Olam, like most Singaporean companies, has maintained a clean track record when it comes to the SGX's disclosure rules.
James Koh, Investment Analyst, Maybank Kim Eng says that an overhang will remain over Olam's shares as investors are still waiting for the full report from Muddy Waters.
Song Seng Wun, Regional Economist, CIMB-GK Research,CIMB thinks Olam's finances are quite complex to understand due to it's business make-up. He adds that their debt levels are already publicly known.
Simon Grose-Hodge, Head of Investment Advisory, Singapore, LGT Bank says investors cannot draw comparisons between Olam and Sino-Forest given Olam's foundation as a Singapore-regulated company.