Peter Lewis: A fast moving and topical business and finance show.
A fast moving and topical business and finance show bringing you breaking business and economic news and financial market updates. Presented by former CEO and investment bank global trading head Peter Lewis, with over 30 years' industry experience. Join Peter and his expert guests for analysis and discussion on the day's top business stories live every weekday morning 8 to 8:30 a.m. on RTHK Radio 3. We have a podcast to download after the show and you can also listen through the RTHK Radio 3 website live or later in the day. We welcome your questions, comments and feedback to read out in the show. You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, post on our Facebook page "Money Talk on RTHK Radio 3 " or find us on twitter "MoneytalkRadio3") .
Two major oil facilities in Saudi Arabia, including the world's largest, have been hit in a drone attack. The attacks have reduced Saudi’s crude oil production by 5.7 million barrels a day, about half the kingdom's output. Saudi Arabia produces 10% of the world's crude oil and the 50% reduction has sent oil prices soaring over 13% in Asian trading this morning.
The board of the London Stock Exchange Group has unanimously rejected Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing’s £32bn merger offer and says it sees “no merit in further engagement” on the matter. In a strongly worded letter to the Hong Kong Exchange, the LSE questioned the ownership structure of HKEX and its relationship with the Hong Kong government and said the Shanghai Stock Exchange was its “preferred” partner to unlock the opportunities in mainland China.
A fifteenth weekend of protests have left a trail of destruction and violence across Hong Kong with Admiralty and Wan Chai MTR stations vandalised. Yesterday, Hong Kong International Airport said it suffered a 12.4% fall in passengers in August, the biggest decline in a decade.
On today’s Money Talk, we have with us Alex Wong of Ample Capital and Dickie Wong from Kingston Securities. Providing our weekly view from the mainland is Brock Silvers at Kaiyuan Capital in Beijing.
Several hundred local companies, businesses, shops and NGOs are expected to heed calls for a strike in Hong Kong today in protest at the government’s proposed extradition law. The Civil Human Rights Front, which organised Sunday’s march, is encouraging further protests and workers' unions, businesses and welfare groups have backed the citywide strike.
Taiwanese company Foxconn, the world’s largest electronics manufacturer and assembler of the iPhone said it can move production out of China at short notice if the trade war worsens. 25% of its total capacity is now outside of the mainland, and Liu Young-way, a member of the company’s top management committee, said the state of the global economy “looks bleaker and bleaker, and the situation is unpredictable.”
Stocks in China surged yesterday after Beijing unveiled further fiscal measures to boost the slowing economy. The State Council relaxed funding rules for infrastructure projects and will allow local governments to use the proceeds from special bonds for major infrastructure projects.
Joining us on today’s Money Talk are Stewart Aldcroft of CitiTrust, Rich Sega, from Conning and RTHK’s international economics correspondent, Barry Wood.
12/06/2019 - 8:09 Business and Market Discussions
Stewart Aldcroft, Chairman of CitiTrust, comments that in general in Hong Kong, strikes have not been that popular or had much impact.
Rich Sega, Global Chief Investment Strategist at Conning, expects the bigger impact of the extradition bill in the US will be the strengthening of public support in actions against China, and that it will be harder to make trade concessions in reaching a deal with China.
RTHK’s international economics correspondent Barry Wood says that President Trump thinks Xi Jinping needs a trade deal more than he does.