Mon, Jan 22 2024 2:37 AM EST
Sony terminates $10 billion merger with India’s Zee Entertainment
In a filing, Sony said that it issued a notice to Zee terminating the agreement as “conditions to the merger were not satisfied” by the agreed upon deadline.
While the company did not specify the conditions that were unmet, Bloomberg reported on Jan. 8 that there were disagreements between the two sides on who would lead the combined entity.
Sony also said in its filing that it does not expect any material impact on its financial results as a result of the termination.
— Lim Hui Jie
Mon, Jan 22 2024 1:29 AM EST
Malaysia’s inflation rate holds steady at two-year low
Malaysia’s consumer price index rose 1.5% year on year in December, unchanged from November’s figure and in line with expectations from economists polled by Reuters.
The country’s inflation rate has fallen steadily from a peak of 4.7% in August 2022 to a slower rate of 1.5% in November — a two-year low.
Inflation in December was driven mainly by price increases in restaurants and hotels, miscellaneous goods and services, as well as food & non-alcoholic beverages, according to Malaysia’s statistics department, which noted that these categories all saw smaller price increases compared to November.
— Lim Hui Jie
Sun, Jan 21 2024 11:03 PM EST
Real estate stocks drag Hang Seng to be biggest loser among Asian benchmarks
Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index tumbled over 2%, led by real estate stocks after the People’s Bank of China held its one-year and five-year loan prime rates at 3.45% and 4.2%, respectively.
The largest loser on the HSI was property developer China Resources Land, which plunged 9.54%.
Sun, Jan 21 2024 8:15 PM EST
China LPR decision awaited, markets expect no change
Investors will be looking out for an update from China’s central bank on its one- and five-year loan prime rates at around 09:15 a.m. Singapore time.
The one- and five-year LPR currently stand at 3.45% and 4.2%, respectively, and markets expect the People’s Bank of China to make no changes to the rates.
PBOC surprised market participants and held the rate on some 995 billion yuan ($138.84 billion) worth of one-year medium-term lending facility (MLF) loans unchanged at 2.50% last week.
“The market expects both the 1Y and 5Y LPRs to be unchanged at 3.45% and 4.2% respectively,” Commerzbank analysts wrote in a client note, while also noting that China’s foreign direct investment recorded its biggest annual drop in 2023 since 2009.
Commerzbank said FDI in China fell 8% last year, in Chinese yuan terms, attributing the decline to several factors including the country’s economic slowdown, high global interest rates, increasing regulatory and geopolitical risks, and the West’s tough stance on China’s technology sector.
— Shreyashi Sanyal
Sun, Jan 21 2024 7:16 PM EST
CNBC Pro: Morgan Stanley names its biopharma stock favorites as “strength against an uncertain macro” — and gives one 119% upside
The biopharmaceutical sector is expected to offer a safe haven from macroeconomic and earnings concerns ahead of quarterly results from European companies, according to Morgan Stanley.
The Wall Street bank said European biopharma stock prices should be supported in the near term due to its “undemanding valuations and a backdrop of challenging macro conditions and cyclical earnings risk”.
The investment bank named 8 stocks with a ‘Buy’ rating in the sector, and gave one 119% upside potential. CNBC Pro subscribers can read more here.
— Ganesh Rao
Sun, Jan 21 2024 7:16 PM EST
CNBC Pro: These 4 anti-obesity drug stocks could soar, Berenberg says – giving one 44% upside
The Germany-headquartered investment bank expects a combination of new clinical data and the expiry of Novo‘s patent for the active ingredient in first-generation GLP-1 drugs to unleash new opportunities for several generic drug manufacturers in Europe. GLP-1 drugs encourage the production of hormones that cause weight loss through reduced appetite.
Berenberg’s analysts have named 4 stocks of generic drug makers that are set to benefit from the expiry of these patents.
— Ganesh Rao
Fri, Jan 19 2024 3:07 PM EST
Oil books weekly gain on Mideast tensions
Oil prices edged slightly lower on Friday but booked a weekly gain on tensions in the Middle East.
The West Texas Intermediate contract for February fell 67 cents, or .9%, to settle at $73.41 a barrel. The Brent contract for March shed 54 cents, or .68%, to settle at $78.56 a barrel.
U.S. crude booked a one week gain of 1% as investors keep a close eye on whether attacks by militants in the Red Sea could lead to a supply disruption. The global bench mark was up .47% for the week.
— Spencer Kimball
Fri, Jan 19 2024 11:57 AM EST
Consumer sentiment levels jump to highest level since July 2021
The University of Michigan’s Survey of Consumers released on Friday indicated that consumers are growing increasingly confident on the economy and falling inflation.
The survey showed a reading of 78.8 for January, its highest level since July 2021 and up 21.4% from a year ago. That followed a big jump in December and comes despite public opinion surveys showing concern about the nation’s direction.
On a two-month basis, sentiment showed its largest increase since 1991, said Joanne Hsu, the survey’s director.
More on the survey results can be found here.
— Hakyung Kim, Jeff Cox
Fri, Jan 19 2024 3:36 PM EST
Bitcoin rides the stock market rally but still heads for a losing week
Bitcoin and ether rose with the stock market to end the week after the S&P 500 jumped to a new all-time high.
“Positive consumer sentiment and slowing inflation helped fuel the rally in risk-on assets,” said Ryan Rasmussen, analyst at Bitwise Asset Management. “Investors generally view crypto investments as similar to tech and risk-on investments, so crypto riding this rally makes sense.”
Bitcoin is still on pace to post a 4% loss for a week. It’s fallen 10% since Jan. 10, when bitcoin ETFs were greenlit to begin trading in the U.S. The ETF approvals were widely expected to be a sell-the-news event. Ether is on pace to finish the week lower by 3%.
The move in crypto assets wasn’t enough to pull up equities, however. Coinbase, Microstrategy and several mining stocks – including CleanSpark, Iris Energy and Riot Platforms – were flat. Marathon Digital rose about 1%.
— Tanaya Macheel