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SMARTPHONES: Coolpad Finds New Suitor, As LeEco Retreats

阳歌 10月19日

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Bottom line: LeEco is likely to sell its stake in Coolpad in the next six months, and new investor Centralcon could emerge as the buyer with a goal of trying to turn the company around.
Coolpad finds new suitor
A potential white knight has stepped forward to provide some funds for struggling smartphone maker Coolpad (HKEx: 2369), in a fresh sign that controlling stakeholder LeEco (Shenzhen: 300104) may be preparing to dump the company as part of its protracted reorganization. The amount of the fund-raising is relatively small at HK$582 million ($75 million),......
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SMARTPHONES: ZTE Sees Double with New Smartphone

阳歌 10月18日

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Bottom line: ZTE's new dual-screen smartphone will turn some heads and raise the company's profile briefly due to the novelty factor, but the effect will quickly fade due to lack of practical uses.
ZTE tries two screens
You can't blame 'em for trying. That's the first thing that came to mind when I saw the announcement and some photos of a new foldable ZTE (HKEx: 763; Shenzhen: 000063) smartphone with  two screens. This clearly looks like the company's attempt to find new relevance in the cutthroat smartphone market, where phones increasingly l......
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Bottom line: A periodic window of IPOs that opens every 2-3 years is taking shape, with fintechs and other new categories like online literature likely to do well, while older concepts  like e-commerce could struggle for attention.
New window opens for Chinese IPOs
My long-predicted IPO floodgate has finally burst, with no less than four major offerings in the headlines as we go into the new week. The new offerings I'm referring to involve two in the US, one for fintech startup Ppdai and another that has been talked about forever for Sogou, the search engine ......
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INTERNET: Battle Rages for Sina Board Seat

阳歌 10月11日

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Bottom line: A dissident shareholder's proxy battle for a seat on Sina's board stands a chance of success, but the odds are probably 40 percent or lower due to large holdings by Sina's CEO.
Sina board seat lands at center of proxy fight
One of the more lively investor plays to shake up an insular US-listed Chinese company is taking place at Internet stalwart Sina (Nasdaq: SINA), with a flurry of he-said-she-said statements coming from the company and dissident shareholder Aristeia Capital. This somewhat unusual development first made headlines about a mont......
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Bottom line: China Reading's IPO should be well received when it launches its road show as soon next week, and the shares should price and debut strongly on its good profit margins and growth prospects.
China Reading set to launch IPO road show
Another hot IPO with ties to one of China's leading Internet firms is nearing the starting line, with word that the highly anticipated listing for Tencent's (HKEx: 700) online literature unit is finally going to kick off shortly. That means we will finally get to see some financials for China Reading, whose pla......
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PCs: Lenovo Taps Top Managers for Funds, Goes Retro

阳歌 10月09日

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Bottom line: Lenovo's new fund raising and roll-out of a retro commemorative ThinkPad 25th anniversary model show the company is focused on short-term fixes rather than the shock therapy it really needs. 
Lenovo celebrates 25 years of ThinkPad
With the October 1 Golden Week holiday now in the rear view mirror, we'll jump back into the latest tech trends with a look at PC giant Lenovo (HKEx: 992), which was in a couple of headlines over the holiday that underscore its ongoing difficulties. The first of those has the company raising $500 million from a grou......
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纪寻 09月29日

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本文首发于我的公共号:小星星来信(lifecocoon)
这个月,我一直在旅行,飞行了5万公里,绕地球一圈。 一年中,我有四分之一到三分之一的时间在旅行。旅行让我兴奋,也让我倍感焦虑和疲劳。当我在床上睡了十几个小时,迟迟不肯打开电脑工作的时候,罪恶感伴随着挣扎从我的身体里蹦出来:一个小人说,好累啊,我不想动了,再让我躺一会儿吧;这时候,另一个充满了正义感的小人就会立刻跑出来对我说,嗯,好吧。
于是,我就浑浑噩噩的睡到了现在。
在记录我那惊心动魄的旅途之前,我要先来聊一聊上个月的事情。上个月,我写过一篇关于外国字幕组的文章,这篇文章获得了约40万的浏览量。很多人把它当成一篇搞笑的娱乐评论,但是......
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Bottom line: ZhongAn should perform reasonably well over the short- to medium-term by drawing on its big-name investors for business, but faces uncertainty due to an untested business model.
ZhongAn banks on online insurance
There's not a ton to say about the year's first blockbuster IPO from the fintech realm, since it really went pretty much according to plan. I'm talking about the just-concluded listing for online-only insurance startup ZhongAn Online Property & Casualty Insurance, which was almost guaranteed a strong debut when its shares began trading yeste......
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Bottom line: Alipay's joint venture with Li Ka-shing targeting local Hong Kong customers looks like a shrewd approach in its first major foray of that kind, though it will face skepticism about its ability to protect user privacy.
Alipay turns up HK drive with new JV
After dancing around the globe for the last few years without too much to show for its efforts, Ant Financial's Alipay electronic payments unit is finally taking the plunge into local currency services with a new joint venture in Hong Kong. Despite the relatively muted headlines, this story looks rathe......
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Bottom line: Diversification moves away from manufacturing by Canadian Solar and ReneSola could bring more stability to the companies, while panel makers are likely to take a big hit from new US anti-dumping measures.
ReneSola, Canadian Solar in new diversification moves
A trio of solar energy stories are in the headlines that underscore difficulties panel makers are facing due to a recent glut that looks quite typical in this highly cyclical sector. Two of the stories reflect a trend that has panel makers trying to diversify into the less cycle-prone business of solar plant buildin......
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Bottom line: A flurry of IPOs for offshore Chinese tech firms marks the start of an upcycle following a three year lull, with fintechs likely to be the top stars.
Secoo fizzles in trading debut
After a relatively boring first eight months of the year, the IPO market has suddenly come to life with a flurry of offerings that are turning in a mixed performance. E-commerce seems to be a bit passe, though you would never guess that based on the recent run-up in the stock of sector lead Alibaba's (NYSE: BABA) stock. Meantime, a small-ish biotech offering has wowed investors,......
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SMARTPHONES: HTC Ties Up With Google, Or Does It?

阳歌 09月22日

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Bottom line: Google's purchase of HTC's Pixel assets is a sign of no confidence in HTC's chances of longer-term survival as an independent smartphone maker.
Google's HTC purchase: reason for optimism or pessimism
Everyone is giving their two cents about the big new tie-up between Taiwan smartphone maker HTC (Taipei: 2498) and Google (Nasdaq: GOOG), so I figured I'd weigh in as well on this deal that has quite a few threads. From where I sit, the deal marks the latest distress sign coming from an overcrowded smartphone field here in China, even......
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Bottom line: ZhongAn's and Qudian's IPOs are likely to price and debut strongly over the next few weeks on excitement about China fintech, while Best's will debut to indifference following the slashing of its size.
ZhongAn, Qudian IPOs look hot
Three companies likely to list in New York and Hong Kong by the end of this month are setting the tone for what's set to be a busy fall for similar new offshore offerings from Chinese companies. Two of those are coming from the hot fintech sector, where online microlender Qudian and online insurance seller Zhong......
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Bottom line: The US could veto the purchase of brokerage Cowen by a Chinese energy firm, and could also block Ant Financial's purchase of MoneyGram under tougher scrutiny by the Donald Trump administration.
US set to block more Chinese purchases?
Just days after President Donald Trump made his first veto of a Chinese deal in the US, two other deals appear to be running into trouble for similar reasons, though it's too early to call either dead just yet. In both instances, the buyers, Ant Financial and CEFC China Energy, have refiled proposals to regulator......
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记者手记|孤雏和玫瑰

夏伟聪 09月15日

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7月17日早上,我第二次到土耳其,跟上次一样,第一站还是先到伊斯坦布尔的塔克西姆广场,这次不是去找中心的住宿,而是搭乘机场的接驳车去一个南部城市,加济安泰普。到达的前一晚,我在沙特吉达一个大概只有操场大小的候机室刷了夜,把宁乡水灾的视频剪完,但机场没有wifi,手机流量太慢发不出去,焦头烂额,胡子密密麻麻,身上腻呼呼,满脸颓态。所以当我再走回那条熟悉的路时,我没心情发现一些可喜或可惜的变化,于是一切如旧,伊斯坦布尔在我脑海里还是凛然夜幕覆盖下的样子,人流辗转,忐忑、鬼祟、风尘仆仆。2015年末在街心公园,耳边响起难民人贩子的那一枪,依然惊心。那时我的采访对象送了我一根素雅的银色水笔,已经写没水了,我跟他也......
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CHIPS: Trump Vetoes Chipmaker Sale, More to Come?

阳歌 09月14日

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Bottom line: The US is likely to take a tougher stance towards Chinese M&A of politically sensitive companies following Trump's veto of a major deal, but in such cases will still need to justify the national security risk.
Trump vetoes sale of chipmaker
In a move that is sure to make major waves but wasn't completely unexpected, Donald Trump has made his first big statement on the sale of US high-tech companies to Chinese buyers by formally blocking a relatively large deal that was pending for quite some time. Followers of the space may recognize I'm talking abo......
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Bottom line: A new music re-licensing deal between Alibaba and Tencent, combined with a meeting between the copyright regulator and major online music sellers, hint at attempts to create a more level playing field in the space.
Alibaba, Tencent in music cross-licensing deal
A couple of items from the music sector are in the headlines today, showing how tricky the situation is becoming with copyrights and online licensing in China. One of those has two major players, the music services of Internet giants Alibaba (NYSE: BABA) and Tencent (HKEx: 700), signing an agr......
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SMARTPHONES: Huawei Unseats Apple, Eyes the Cloud

阳歌 09月11日

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Bottom line: Huawei could overtake Apple as the world's second largest smartphone seller in the next 1-2 years, while it could also pose a challenge in global cloud services over the next 5 years.
Huawei takes a shot at the cloud
We'll begin the new week with a couple of items from Huawei that show how the company that began as a telecoms network builder looks set to unseat fading PC giant Lenovo (HKEx: 992) as China's global leader in consumer tech. The first of those has one research house releasing data that show Huawei's smartphones surpassed&......
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INTERNET: Google Steps Up Beijing Dance with AI Drive

阳歌 09月06日

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Bottom line: Google's campaign to build a China-based artificial intelligence team is at least partly designed to woo Beijing, as part of its broader effort to get permission to open a China-based Google Play app store.
Google Play edging towards China?
In the latest signal of its move back to China, Internet titan Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) is apparently on a hiring spree in Beijing that looks aimed at building up an artificial intelligence (AI) team in the world's largest online market. This particular move doesn't come as a huge surprise, and seems to be part of ......
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NEW ENERGY: BYD Wins Hometown Business, Launches Monorail

阳歌 09月04日

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Bottom line: BYD's new order from Shenzhen shows its continued reliance on state support for new energy vehicle sales, while its new monorail product could become a cash cow in 1-2 years if the technology works well.
BYD gets new order from Shenzhen, launches monorail
Futuristic transport company BYD (HKEx: 1211; 002594) is in a couple of headlines as the new work week begins, seeking to show its potential and justify why people like billionaire investor Warren Buffet should buy and hold its shares. One headline has the company announcing a major new contract for its c......

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原文:对外侦察局的掏心猎手

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