* Cutifani unveils Anglo American shake-up
* Emerging market sparkle begins to fade
* Samsung expects slower smartphone growth
* Malaysia deal weighs on AIA profit margins
* Most Emerging Stocks Decline as Samsung Slides, Tencent Gains
* Russia gives green light to stimulus programme
* China grants HSBC renminbi investment licence
* [snap]: Ghana raises $750m, but pays a premium
* GSK replaces head of China operations
* Hong Kong boosts renminbi liquidity to ease credit crunch
Cutifani unveils Anglo American shake-up
Mark Cutifani condemned Anglo American’s performance as “unacceptably poor” as he began reshaping the diversified mining group three months after becoming chief executive.
Emerging market sparkle begins to fade
An uncomfortable truth is making itself felt around the world of emerging market investors: the emerging market growth story is dead.
Samsung expects slower smartphone growth
Samsung Electronics said smartphone sales growth would continue to slow in the third quarter, as it reported that earnings at its flagship division were pulled down by high marketing costs in the three months through June.
Malaysia deal weighs on AIA profit margins
AIA’s acquisition of ING’s Malaysian division weighed on the insurance group’s profit margins in the first half, but it still reported another set of record numbers overall.
Most Emerging Stocks Decline as Samsung Slides, Tencent Gains
Most emerging-market stocks fell after Samsung Electronics Co. reported earnings that missed estimates, countering a rally in health-care and Internet shares.
Russia gives green light to stimulus programme
Russia’s government has given the green light to a stimulus programme designed to jump-start the country’s slowing economy with a range of infrastructure investments and breaks for small and medium-sized businesses.
China grants HSBC renminbi investment licence
HSBC has received approval from mainland Chinese regulators to invest renminbi onshore, the latest step in the opening up of China’s financial markets to overseas funds.
[snap]: Ghana raises $750m, but pays a premium
It’s a sign of the times. Ghana on Thursday raised $750m from the sale of 10-year eurobonds, but the deal did not come easy. With investors more cautious about lending to frontier countries with shaky finances following June’s violent market rout, Ghana had to pay a premium to get the deal off the ground.
GSK replaces head of China operations
GlaxoSmithKline has replaced the head of its China operations with one of its top two European managers, as the UK-based drugs company seeks to battle a widening corruption investigation.
Hong Kong boosts renminbi liquidity to ease credit crunch
The Hong Kong Monetary Authority has taken fresh steps to improve renminbi liquidity, a month after a credit crunch in China spread to the city’s banking system. Hong Kong’s central bank announced on Thursday it would add two additional renminbi lending facilities to its existing seven-day liquidity tap. As of July 26, the HKMA will offer one-day funds, as well as overnight funds in renminbi.
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