Analog Devices near deal to buy Maxim for US$17 billion

Analog Devices Inc. is close to an all-stock agreement to acquire Maxim Integrated Products Inc., according to people familiar with the matter. The semiconductor companies are talking about a... Read more »

Covid-19 leaving pregnant moms isolated and afraid

Expectant mother Jaime Chui, 33, in Hong Kong. Jamie Chui has been a virtual prisoner in her Hong Kong home for most of her nine-month pregnancy. Trapped initially by... Read more »

Tencent’s set for fastest growth since 2018 after virus outbreak

Tencent Holdings Ltd. picked up millions of new gamers during the global coronavirus outbreak — yet that surge in mobile play may be slowing as the world’s No. 2... Read more »

China central bank to conduct unexpected MLF operations on Monday – traders

China’s central bank will conduct medium-term lending facility (MLF) operations on Monday, traders said. There is no MLF loan due to expire on the day. Markets will closely watch... Read more »

China factory activity dives to worst on record as virus paralyses economy

Workers move fabric rolls at a textile printing and dyeing plant in Hangzhou in eastern China’s Zhejiang province. China’s factories were dealt a devastating blow in February as the... Read more »

Apple, BMW and Sony accused of using forced Uighur labour

An estimated 1 mil of mostly Muslim ethnic minorities have been held in internment camps in Xinjiang. China is transferring tens of thousands of Uighur detainees out of internment... Read more »

Stocks fall as Apple spooks markets with virus warning

Employees wear face masks as they stand in a reopened Apple Store in Beijing. Global stock markets fell Tuesday after Apple said the new coronavirus was hurting revenues, fueling... Read more »

Mastercard wins approval to join China’s US$27 tril market

Mastercard Inc won approval to set up a bank card clearing business in China, gaining access to a US$27 trillion payments market as part of the nation’s financial opening.... Read more »

Volkswagen postpones restart of China joint venture production

Volkswagen AG has postponed the resumption of production at its China joint ventures, in the latest sign of the coronavirus’s impact on economic activity. The carmaker cited limited travel options... Read more »

Dip in palm oil sales to India, China temporary setback, says FGV

FGV is confident the lower demand for palm oil is a temporary setback. The double-whammy to palm oil demand from a trade spat with India and the coronavirus in... Read more »