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New applications for US unemployment benefits fell to 1.2m last week from 1.4m the previous week, the lowest level since the pandemic started to spread across the US in March. But more than 16m Americans continue to collect benefits, equivalent to 11% of the workforce.
The FT is reporting that Microsoft is now exploring whether to buy all of TikTok’s global business, including the video app’s operations in India and Europe as well as the original target of its operations in the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. TikTok does not operate in China, and such a deal would not extend to its China-facing sister app Douyin.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison warned Thursday that the lockdown across Victoria state will cut Australia’s GDP by 2.5% in this quarter. He also estimated the unemployment rate was likely to peak around 10%.
On today’s Money Talk, we’re joined by Francis Lun of GEO Securities and Kenny Wen from Everbright Sun Hung Kai. With a view from Australia is Toby Lawson at Societe Generale Australia.
07/08/2020 - 8:08am Business and Market Discussion
Francis Lun, CEO of GEO Securities says that HSBC may have to split its operations into two as the ongoing China-US tensions could make it difficult for the banking giant to comply with government restrictions and sanctions.
Kenny Wen, Wealth Management Strategist at Everbright Sun Hung Kai doesn’t think that the ongoing US-China tech war will have an impact on Hong Kong stocks as they remain largely liquidity driven.
07/08/2020 - 8:24am View from Australia
The Hong Kong government has imposed sweeping new social distancing rules to fight the latest surge in Covid-19 infections in the city. From tomorrow, 12 types of venues, including bars, cinemas, and gyms, will be closed for up to seven days, and the number of people allowed to gather will be reduced sharply from 50 to four. The new restrictions come as the total number of cases in Hong Kong rose by another 52 yesterday.
A survey by the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong found that just over half the respondents are considering personally leaving Hong Kong in the short to medium term due to concerns about the new national security law. But over 64% of respondents said their companies have no plans to leave despite almost two-third of the companies polled saying they were negative about the impact of NSL on Hong Kong’s business prospects
Chinese automobile production and sales continued to improve in June. The China Passenger Car Association reported production hit 2.3 million, rising 6.3% from May and gaining 11.6% compared to a year ago. Sales hit 2.3 million, which was a 4.8% month-on-month increase and an 11.6% increase over the year.
On today’s Money Talk, we’re joined by Le Xia of BBVA Research and Kenny Wen from Everbright Sun Hung Kai. With a view from Japan is Nick Smith at CLSA in Tokyo.
14/07/2020 - 8:08am Business and Market Discussion
Le Xia, Asia Chief Economist at BBVA Research expects China's economic growth to reach 2.2% in Q2 but he warns that its economy will remain impacted by the recession in other countries.
Kenny Wen, Wealth Management Strategist at Everbright Sun Hung Kai highlights that keeping equity markets stable remains one of China's top priorities.
14/07/2020 - 8:24am View from Japan