Asian shares ended mostly lower on Thursday, paring initial gains as investors cashed in their chips following recent rallies with demand also capped by caution ahead of Chinese data on Friday.
When a high-profile, billion dollar deal for a stake in a Chinese insurer was inked in early December, officials at the country's biggest policy bank were asking one question seemly unrelated to the transaction: Who is Xiao Jianhua? Caixin reports.
Japanese shares surged to multi-year highs on Tuesday on rising expectations that strong political pressure will prompt the Bank of Japan to deliver bold monetary easing measures. Meanwhile, other Asian stock markets struggled as gains were capped on earnings caution.
China's insurance regulator said it is seeking more information from Ping An Insurance after conducting a preliminary review of HSBC's planned sale of its $9.4 billion stake in the insurer to Thailand's CP Group.
Asian shares ended mixed on Wednesday after rounds of profit taking from a sharp rally at the start of the new year subsided, while investors waited warily for corporate earnings season to kick off in full force.
HSBC's sale of its $9.4 billion stake in Ping An Insurance to Thailand's CP Group has been thrown into jeopardy after state-run China Development Bank (CDB) voiced concerns over funding for the deal, sources told Reuters.
Asian shares fell on Tuesday as investors turned cautious after the new year's rallies, with corporate earnings season for the last quarter of 2012 looming and the European Central Bank's policy meeting due later in the week.
Asian shares ended mostly lower on Friday, tracking overnight weakness in global equities after several Fed officials expressed concerns about continuing to expand stimulative bond buying. But, Japanese stocks surged as the market played catch-up with the region on its first trading day of 2013.
Asian shares were mixed on Friday with a pick-up in China's manufacturing sector lending support but worries over the progress of U.S. budget talks to avert the "fiscal cliff" weighing on investor sentiment.
As more people in China get wealthier, many are looking for ways to better protect their health and belongings. CNBC's Eunice Yoon takes a look at the state of insurance in China.
Asian shares hit a 16-month high on Wednesday, led by surging Chinese equities on hopes for stable growth, but concerns over whether U.S. lawmakers can break a budget impasse before year-end to avert a possible economic slump kept optimism in check.
A group linked to Thailand's richest man, Dhanin Chearavanont, has bought global bank HSBC's entire stake in China's Ping An Insurance for $9.38 billion.
China's second-biggest insurance company has threatened to take legal action against the New York Times for reports that Premier Wen Jiabao's relatives had accumulated massive wealth, largely through holdings in the firm.
Chinese listed companies have reported a sharp rise in unpaid bills during the third quarter, in one of the clearest signs yet of the toll that China’s economic slowdown is taking on corporate balance sheets. The FT reports.
HONG KONG, Oct 26- Hong Kong shares snapped a 10- session winning streak on Friday, hit by a 7.6 percent slump in China Unicom after the country's second-largest mobile operator posted weaker-than-expected third-quarter profit.
Thomas Monaco, Managing Director, Mizuho Securities says that China's new rules to open up its insurance sector is good news for the sector as it will lead to more diversification.
SHANGHAI, Oct 10- China's major insurance companies increased their combined stock holdings by more than 10 billion yuan over the last three trading days and will continue buying equities, the official Shanghai Securities News said on Wednesday.
HONG KONG, Oct 9- Chinese asset management firm Harvest Global Investments will launch its exchange-traded fund denominated in yuan at the Hong Kong Stock Exchange on Friday, the first listed financial product to be traded in both yuan and the Hong Kong dollar.
China stocks are set to continue to rise after infrastructure stocks propelled the benchmark Shanghai Composite higher by 1.19 percent to end 2361.37 on Monday.
Ping An Insurance, the world's second-biggest life insurer by market value, said on Tuesday it plans to raise up to 26 billion yuan ($4.1 billion) by selling convertible bonds to replenish capital amid economic uncertainty.