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2018年02月28日 11:03

E-COMMERCE: Alibaba Salivates at Ele.me in 'New Retail' Vision

Bottom line: Alibaba's potential purchase of Ele.me could be the biggest piece yet in its pursuit of a "new retail" model, but could result in a case of indigestion as it tries to make the company profitable.

When it comes to acquisitions, e-commerce giant Alibaba (NYSE: BABA) seems to have an insatiable appetite these days. After investing some 80 billion yuan ($12.7 billion) in brick-and-mort...

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2018年02月26日 10:58

IPOs: Redlands Shines Spotlight on Education, Low-Tech IPO Pipeline

Bottom line: New listing plans by education firm Redlands and steel-trading platform Zhaogang point to lower-tech offshore IPOs taking center stage in the first half of the year until the situation for fintech candidates stabilizes.

With fintech offerings in a holding pattern, a stream of lower-tech IPOs are finding their way to market in the first few months of this year. The latest of those i...

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2018年02月23日 13:05

CHIPS: US Kills China Deals to Buy Xcerra, Chicago Stock Exchange

Bottom line: Two new vetoes for Chinese purchases of US microchip and financial companies are the latest signals the Donald Trump administration intends to use such vetoes to fight for a more balanced trade relationship.

What started as a trickle of dying cross-border deals involving Chinese buyers of US assets is showing signs of becoming a flood, with two new vetoes hitting the headlines. The...

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2018年02月22日 08:20

SMARTPHONES: Xiaomi Wins India, Makes First Visit to Top Trade Show

Bottom line: Xiaomi's taking of the India smartphone crown and attendance at a major trade show next week are aimed at boosting its profile in the run-up to its IPO. 

Hype is building in the run-up to what's likely to be one of the largest high-tech IPOs this year, with word that smartphone maker Xiaomi has snatched the India crown from a fading Samsung (Seoul: 005930) and is also making its fi...

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2018年02月07日 10:31

TELECOMS: Spurned by US, Huawei Turns to UK

TELECOMS: Spurned by US, Huawei Turns to UK

Bottom line: Huawei's latest big financial commitment to the UK is mostly for show, but Britain could still emerge as a winner over the longer term if Huawei conducts more R&D work in its British labs.

Huawei gives $4.2 billion gift to UK

After getting the cold shoulder from the US for its smartphones, telecoms superstar Huawei is turning increasingly to Europe, and specif...

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2018年02月05日 10:29

MEDIA: DreamWorks Crashes Out of China Animation JV

MEDIA: DreamWorks Crashes Out of China Animation JV

Bottom line: DreamWorks Animation's withdrawal from its China joint venture marks the end of an explosive phase in China-Hollywood tie-ups, with one-off co-production deals the most likely form of cooperation going forward.   

Take-two for DreamWorks Animation China JV

In what could herald a wave of the future, a highly-touted joint venture between DreamWorks Animation and...

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2018年02月02日 10:38

FINANCE: Ant Financial Crawls Back into Bed with Alibaba

FINANCE: Ant Financial Crawls Back into Bed with Alibaba

Bottom line: Alibaba's purchase of 33 percent of Ant Financial looks like a shrewd move for both firms, making Ant more attractive in the run-up to an IPO likely to be one of the world's biggest this year.

Alibaba and Ant back together

In what looks like a homecoming of sorts, e-commerce giant Alibaba (NYSE: BABA) has just announced it is taking back a major stake in its A...

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