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  • Australia's Bishop gives sermon to ASEAN on diplomacy

    MANILA -- Julie Bishop, the Australian foreign minister, called on the Association of Southeast Asian Nations on Thursday to heed a landmark arbitration court decision last year when a fresh code of conduct to handle territorial disputes in the Sout

    March 16, 2017 11:22 pm JST
  • Nikkei Asia300 Index advances on Fed rate outlook

    HONG KONG (NewsRise) -- Asian stocks outside of Japan posted their steepest gains since July after the U.S. Federal Reserve left unchanged its outlook for interest rate increases this year.The Nikkei Asia300 Index of some of the region's most influe

    March 16, 2017 08:54 pm JST
  • Singapore, Malaysia shares rise to 19-month highs as Fed retains outlook

    SINGAPORE (NewsRise) - Shares in Singapore and Malaysia jumped to over 19-month highs after the Federal Reserve maintained its outlook on monetary policy tightening through 2018, even as it raised the interest rate as widely-expected.Singapore's FTS

    March 16, 2017 08:28 pm JST
  • Caution before Fed flattens Nikkei Asia300 Index

    HONG KONG (NewsRise) -- Asian stocks outside of Japan barely budged on Wednesday, reflecting nervousness as investors awaited the Federal Reserve's intentions for further monetary tightening and Dutch voters went to the polls.The Nikkei Asia300 Inde

    March 15, 2017 08:24 pm JST
  • Southeast Asia shoppers willing to trade privacy for speedy service

    SINGAPORE -- Consumers in Thailand and Singapore tend to have few qualms about brands using their private data, as long as they know about it beforehand, a new SAP Hybris Consumer Insight survey shows.Ninety percent of Thai respondents said they are

    March 15, 2017 08:15 pm JST
  • Singapore, Malaysia shares slip ahead of US rate decision

    SINGAPORE (NewsRise) - Shares in Singapore and Malaysia fell on Wednesday, as investors braced for a near-certain U.S. Federal Reserve rate increase and awaited clarity on the future pace of monetary tightening in the world's largest economy.Singapo

    March 15, 2017 07:47 pm JST
  • Singapore new home sales surged in February as lower prices attract buyers

    SINGAPORE (NewsRise) -- Singapore's private residential market arose from its slumber in February, even before the government decided to ease some of its property cooling measures in early March.Data released by the Urban Redevelopment Authority on

    March 15, 2017 05:52 pm JST
  • Economists lift Singapore's growth forecast in central bank poll

    SINGAPORE (NewsRise) -- Economists have turned bullish about Singapore's growth prospects this year, following a surge in manufacturing output during the last three months of 2016, according to a quarterly survey released on Wednesday.The Monetary A

    March 15, 2017 05:00 pm JST
  • Mercer ranks Singapore first in Asia again for living quality

    SINGAPORE -- Singapore continues as the highest ranked city in Asia for quality of life, moving up one place globally to 25, according to Mercer, an international human resources consultancy.The Mercer 2017 Quality of Living report surveyed 231 citi

    March 14, 2017 10:20 pm JST
  • ASEAN businesses want clarity from Trump on trade

    KUALA LUMPUR -- Business groups in Southeast Asia are advocating the continuation of open trade policies, just as U.S. President Donald Trump looks to advance his protectionist agenda. More than anything, perhaps, companies across the Association of

    March 14, 2017 09:40 pm JST
  • India, South Korea lead Nikkei Asia300 Index higher

    HONG KONG (NewsRise) - The Nikkei Asia300 Index advanced Tuesday, as Indian shares advanced after the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party received a shot in the arm following a key state-election win, and South Korean equities extended gains.The Nikkei As

    March 14, 2017 08:48 pm JST
  • Singapore, Malaysia near flat ahead of Fed rate call

    SINGAPORE (NewsRise) - Shares in Singapore and Malaysia ended little changed on Tuesday, as investors stayed on the sidelines ahead of the Federal Reserve's two-day policy meeting.Singapore's FTSE Straits Times Index fell 0.1% to 3,143.40 points. Th

    March 14, 2017 07:47 pm JST
  • Mitsui aims for a slice of Southeast Asia's retail market

    SINGAPORE -- Japanese trading house Mitsui & Co. looks to tap into Southeast Asia's booming retail market using information and communications technology, President and CEO Tatsuo Yasunaga told the Nikkei Asian Review in a recent interview here.Yasu

    March 14, 2017 01:45 am JST
  • Nikkei Asia300 Index rises even as Fed hike looms, China lenders lead

    HONG KONG (NewsRise) -- Asian stocks rose Monday, even as concerns of a near-certain rate increase by the Federal Reserve remained a drag on regional sentiment.The Nikkei Asia300 Index rose 0.8% or nine points to 1,131.07. China's four biggest lende

    March 13, 2017 09:27 pm JST
  • Singapore shares at 18-month highs as developers buoy, Malaysia rises

    SINGAPORE (NewsRise) -- Singapore stocks rose for a second session Monday, as sentiment remained positive following the government's surprise decision to ease some of its property cooling measures last week.Malaysian shares edged higher with the reg

    March 13, 2017 09:07 pm JST
  • Nikkei Asia300 Index slips on US rate worries

    HONG KONG (NewsRise) -- Asian stocks slipped Friday to end the week lower, as prospects of an imminent Federal Reserve rate increase and fears of a faster pace of tightening going forward weighed on risk sentiment.The Nikkei Asia300 Index slipped 0.

    March 10, 2017 09:22 pm JST
  • Singapore jumps after housing duty cut, Malaysia flat

    SINGAPORE (NewsRise) -- Singapore shares advanced Friday as real estate stocks surged after the government lowered stamp duties imposed on the sale of residential properties.Caution ahead of a U.S. employment report and extended losses in crude oil

    March 10, 2017 09:02 pm JST
  • Singapore relaxes some property measures, developers' stocks rise

    SINGAPORE (NewsRise) -- Singapore on Friday relaxed some property market measures after a three-year fall in home prices, a surprise move that set off a rally in the stocks of real-estate developers.However, some analysts said the move was a means t

    March 10, 2017 08:44 pm JST
  • For female migrant workers, problems can begin at home

    SINGAPORE -- From the very outset, Myint's search for work to support her family had to be conducted outside the law. Like thousands before her, the frightened young woman from Myanmar was recruited by a Yangon labor agency in defiance of a temporar

    March 10, 2017 05:30 pm JST
  • Interview

    Singtel's digital chief sees billion-dollar push gaining traction

    SINGAPORE (NewsRise) -- Singapore Telecommunication's push into digital technologies has been marked by years of multi-million dollar losses. But the tide may be starting to turn, at least for Amobee, the largest of the digital subsidiaries.The adve

    March 10, 2017 05:23 pm JST