Saudi Arabia will allow foreign companies to list securities on its stock exchange for the first time, as the kingdom inches toward opening its bourse to full foreign investment, according to Camilla Hall on FT.com. There is also mounting speculation that Saudi Arabia, home to the Arab world’s largest stock market, will soon allow foreigners to buy shares directly in the kingdom. Continue reading »
It should put Sberbank (SBER03:MCX) in a better position to compete with VTB, the country’s second largest bank, which has in recent years expanded rapidly – and overshadowed its bigger brother in investment banking. But much depends on how well the managers of Sberbank, an ex-Soviet institution, cope with with their dynamic new partner. Continue reading »
Serbia’s government is ready to buy back US Steel’s Serbian operations if the Pittsburgh-based company cannot find another buyer and opts to shut them down, say political and business sources in the Balkan country.
The question is whether in the current climate, and with IMF reduction targets to meet, the government can afford to take the steel plant on. Continue reading »
But, true to form, he still came up with some well-worn excuses for his government’s performance since taking office. His opponents exposed a few, but missed others – a number of which are demonstrably false. Continue reading »
It looks like Lot, the Polish state-owned airline, may finally enter private hands.
Magdalena Kobos, a spokeswoman from the Polish treasury, told Bloomberg the government was in talks with two potential buyers: Turkish Airlines, Turkey’s national flag carrier, and a publicly listed company which was not named. Continue reading »
India’s largest carmaker reported dismal results for the second quarter in a row, as the residual effects of industrial action at its north Indian plant last September continued to affect sales and profits. Investors, however, didn’t seem to mind. Continue reading »
Looking for a clue showing where emerging markets might go next? Read the Bible.
That’s the advice of Jeffrey Frankel, who is no preacher but professor of capital formation and growth at Harvard University. And his advice is anything but good news: after seven years of fat, investors should prepare for seven years of lean. Continue reading »
Monday’s picks from the beyondbrics team: how Egypt’s business community can broker a new social contract; the wild allegations aimed at the Georgian President; what drives Boko Haram in Nigeria, and how can the group be defeated?; neither Iran nor the US can afford confrontation just yet; and how critics of China’s latest GDP figures exaggerate their case. Continue reading »
Not quite everything in Chinese business has come to a halt for the New Year holiday. It was announced on the Australian Stock Exchange on Monday that state-controlled Sinopec is to spend $1.1 bn increasing its stake in Australia-Pacific LNG, an Australian development led by ConocoPhillips of the US and and Australia’s Origin Energy. Continue reading »
Tony Lo, chief executive of Giant, the world’s biggest bicycle maker, says higher wages present no threat to China’s status as the world’s factory. He is interviewed here by Robin Kwong for the FT video series View from the Top.