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8-Minute Virtual Video Ride on a Hong Kong Bus

Video footage that puts you in the front seat on the upper level of a double decker bus in Hong Kong. The trip takes you (with some gaps) from North Point, on the north side of Hong Kong Island, toward Stanley Bay, on the island's south side.

Latest Stock News from China

NYU Stern Professors Jennifer Carpenter and Robert Whitelaw Analyze the Real Value of China’s Stock Market and Find ...
In new research that analyzes data from China’s stock market from 1995 to 2012, NYU Stern Professors Jennifer Carpenter and Robert Whitelaw, along with undergraduate student Fangzhou Lu, find that despite its reputation as a “casino,” China’s stock market has functioned well by several measures: 1) the prices of stocks in China are as informative about future earnings as those in the US; and 2 ...

China pork firm scales down HK listing on volatility concerns
Chinese pork producer WH Group has slashed a planned initial public offering in Hong Kong by almost two-thirds blaming concerns about the strength of the city's stock market, a report said Wednesday. The firm, which last year bought US giant Smithfield Foods in a landmark multi-billion-dollar deal, said this month it hoped to raise up to US$5.3 billion with a share sale and listing on April 30 ...

Toronto stock market to head lower amid earnings news, weak Chinese data
TORONTO - The Toronto stock market looked set to start the session Wednesday lower amid another heavy slate of earnings news to consider along with signs of weakening Chinese growth. The Canadian dollar was down 0.02 of a cent to 90.66 cents US ahead of February retail sales data coming out

WH Group Halves Initial Public Offering Amid Tough Conditions On Hong Kong Stock Exchange
Pork producer WH Group has checked its initial public offering ambitions and the Chinese parent company of Smithfield Foods is slashing its proposed IPO in half on account of tough conditions in the Hong Kong stock market. The company may sell new shares equivalent to 10 percent of its enlarged market capital, about half of the originally planned $5.3 billion IPO, people with knowledge of the ...

TSX down: miners fall on weak data, rails drop as Feds phase out unsafe tank cars
TORONTO - The Toronto stock market closed lower Wednesday amid positive earnings news and signs of weakening Chinese growth.

China pork firm scales down IPO in volatile market
Chinese pork producer WH Group has slashed a planned initial public offering in Hong Kong by almost two-thirds blaming concerns about the strength of the city's stock market, a report said Wednesday.

TSX ends lower as miners fall on weak data, railways drop
The Toronto stock market closed lower Wednesday amid positive earnings news and signs of weakening Chinese growth

China pork firm scales down IPO target
Chinese pork producer WH Group has slashed a planned initial public offering in Hong Kong by almost two-thirds blaming concerns about the strength o...

Peso strengthens after weak US data but stocks, yuan temper gains
The dollar turned sour on weak US data, giving the peso enough reason to gain some strengthen Thursday though tempered by the local stock market's decline and a weak Chinese yuan.

Chinese IPOs return to US
THE end of China's 14-month-long IPO freeze in January, following reforms initiated by the Chinese Securities Regulatory Commission, has been accompanied by a flurry of listings of Chinese companies in the United States, indicating renewed American investor interest in China plays after several years of distinct coolness in the aftermath of dozens of Chinese listed companies being accused of ...


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