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BANGKOK-- World stock markets mostly rose Thursday as investors kept their sights on a possible improvement in China's economy. Britain's FTSE rose 0.5 percent to 5,836.92. Wall Street appeared headed for a day of gains, with Dow Jones industrial futures rising 0.4 percent to 13,078 and S&P 500 futures adding 0.6 percent to 1,413.20.
*China, Taiwan, Australian companies see dismal earnings. That compares to dreary corporate profits in China and others in the Asia-Pacific region, like Australia, that depended heavily on the now weakened buying power of major economies such as China.
SINGAPORE, Oct 24- Singapore Airlines will order five Airbus A380 aircraft and 20 more A350 planes in a deal valued at $7.5 billion, looking beyond a business slowdown that has led the carrier to stop hiring cadet pilots for now.
SEATTLE-- About a thousand more international students are enrolled at the University of Washington's Seattle campus this fall, but school officials say that doesn't mean they have cut back on the number of in-state students at the state's most selective public university.
*Boeing to meet airlines on large-jet needs. Jean-Marc Ayrault, who has just returned from Singapore and Philippines to help drum up business for French companies, told Airbus workers his trip had highlighted the importance of remaining competitive on world export markets.
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MANILA, Philippines-- A senior official said Friday China wants to improve relations with the Philippines following a strain in relations over a territorial dispute in the South China Sea.
Brett Diment, Head of Emerging Markets and Sovereign Debt, Aberdeen says EM fixed income is regaining popularity. He thinks the Philippines could be one of the bright spots in the region.
RICHMOND, Va.-- Cigarette maker Philip Morris International Inc.' s third-quarter net income fell more than 6 percent, despite higher prices, as the company sold fewer cigarettes. Philip Morris International said it earned $2.23 billion, or $1.32 per share, in the third quarter, down from $2.38 billion, or $1.35 per share, a year ago.
BEIJING-- In the simplistic narrative of U.S. presidential politics, China is a Hollywood villain, a monetary cheat that is stealing American jobs.
BANGKOK-- The two Asian nations with the region's best performing stock markets in the past year are unlikely havens for investors: Thailand and the Philippines. The PSE benchmark in the Philippines has soared 29 percent in the last 12 months and Thailand's SET index is up a whopping 33 percent.
RICHMOND, Va.-- Cigarette maker Philip Morris International Inc., which sells Marlboro and other brands abroad, expects a slowdown in the third quarter as it laps large cigarette volume gains last year. Philip Morris International has compensated for consumers buying fewer, or cheaper, cigarettes _ and for the weak economy _ by cutting costs and raising prices.
A “consumer revolution” will take place as close to 3 billion people join the global middle class in the next four decades, with the balance of power shifting inexorably to countries now classed as emerging markets, according to HSBC economists Karen Ward and Frederic Neumann. They predict that the emerging world will account for close to two-thirds of total global consumption by 2050 – up from less than a third in 2012.
Ismael Pili, Head of Financials Research, Asia, Macquarie Securities said Asian banks are growing their market share even as their Western counterparts continue to deleverage.
FARGO, N.D.-- The North Dakota Soybean Council is hosting a group from the Philippines for a day. The guests on Monday are touring a greenhouse, feed mill and commodity trade room at North Dakota State University, as well as the Northern Crops Institute. The council says the goal is to promote soybeans grown in North Dakota.
BANGKOK-- European stocks rose and some Asian markets staged a comeback Monday as investors looked ahead to the release of U.S. earnings reports and Softbank's $20 billion deal for Sprint showed optimism amid economic turbulence.
BANGKOK, Oct 12- Most Southeast Asian stocks posted small gains on Friday as large caps and stocks such as Wilmar International. The index was down 2.13 percent on the week, its worst weekly loss since May and Southeast Asia's worst performing market. Among weak spots, Malaysia eased 0.13 percent on Friday, down 0.4 percent on the week.
MANILA, Oct 12- The Philippines is on track to at least match its previous record sales of retail treasury bonds, having sold 128 billion pesos of 25- year retail bonds less than halfway through the public offer period. Manila has cancelled a treasury bill auction set for Oct. 15, and an Oct. 23 auction of 7- year bonds to make room for the offer.
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