The collapse of South Korea’s biggest container-shipping line has rocked the boats of some businesses in Singapore.
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Chinese state broadcaster CCTV has slammed South Korean tech giant Samsung Electronics Co for what it said was "discrimination" against China consumers in its handling of a global recall of Galaxy Note 7 smartphones to replace batteries.
The investors were reacting to a US$14 billion fine demand from the US Department of Justice (DoJ) and conflicting reports in German media over whether Berlin would come to the troubled bank's aid if necessary, which have sapped the bank's market valuation since Monday.
The US economy grew faster than originally thought in the second quarter of this year, with Commerce Department figures released on Thursday showing a 1.4 percent annual rate.
Wall Street stocks tumbled on Thursday on renewed worries about banks following a report on withdrawals from Deutsche Bank and a bruising Capitol Hill hearing with the head of Wells Fargo.
Oil prices on Thursday added to steep gains fuelled by OPEC's deal to cut crude output, but analysts doubted the cartel's ability to seriously tackle a supply glut.