* Nets owner and sovereign funds eye Uralkali stakes
* Alibaba dream over for HK stock exchange
* China to boost domestic formula brands
* Malaysia Debuts Longest Bonds in Funding Push: Southeast Asia
* Latin America is poised for slower growth
* India urged to liberalise bond markets
* Krispy Kreme to open in Colombia
* EU steps up courtship of Ukraine
* Budget shows S Korea’s economic challenges
* Markets: down
Nets owner and sovereign funds eye Uralkali stakes
The billionaire owner of the Brooklyn Nets basketball team, Mikhail Prokhorov, and two Asian groups are among potential bidders for stakes in Russian fertiliser group Uralkali as the group’s oligarch shareholder prepares to sell out amid a spat with neighbouring Belarus.
Alibaba dream over for HK stock exchange
For the Hong Kong stock exchange the dream of hosting Alibaba’s highly anticipated, multibillion-dollar listing has turned into the nightmare of seeing the Chinese internet group turn instead to New York.
China to boost domestic formula brands
China is set to unveil subsidies and other support for five of its dairy companies to develop infant formula brands to compete against the foreign brands that currently dominate the premium end of Asia’s largest formula market.
Malaysia Debuts Longest Bonds in Funding Push: Southeast Asia
Malaysia will sell 30-year bonds for the first time in its longest-maturity offering to set a benchmark for companies raising funds under Prime Minister Najib Razak’s $444 billion development program.
Latin America is poised for slower growth
Latin America is poised for one of its slowest economic growth rates in a decade this year, a top official at the International Monetary Fund said Wednesday, as the U.S. signals that its easy-money policies that helped prop up the region could begin to taper off amid a drop in commodity prices. (WSJ)
India urged to liberalise bond markets
India should introduce a wholesale liberalisation of rules restricting foreign investors from participating in domestic bond markets, according to a report produced by the country’s main financial markets regulator.
Krispy Kreme to open in Colombia
Krispy Kreme, the US donut maker, said it has signed an agreement with Colombia’s IRCC, a subsidiary of the VA! Group, which is the country’s leading restaurant operator, to open 25 of its shops over the next five years in cities such as Bogotá, Medellín and Barranquilla – the first deal of its kind in South America.
EU steps up courtship of Ukraine to wield more influence in east: The EU is stepping up its courtship of Ukraine amid an escalating contest with Russia for influence in eastern Europe. The bloc’s goal is to cement closer ties with Ukraine by concluding a political and economic pact, known as an association agreement, at a summit in November that will feature heads of government from a region of Europe where Brussels and Moscow are butting heads.
Budget shows S Korea’s economic challenges
Park Geun-hye’s first budget as South Korean president on Thursday underscored the challenge facing her government, as it seeks to meet ambitious campaign spending pledges in the face of a stuttering economy.
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