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Programs to help small and medium enterprises to get into stock market

Programs to help small and medium enterprises to get into stock market

The Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) and the Securities and Exchange Commission of Sri Lanka (SEC) have implemented a number of programs throughout the country to bring small and medium enterprises to the stock market. For the first time, a seminar was held in the Northern Province and the cities of Polonnaruwa and Batticaloa will be …

Securities and Exchange Commission, SEC

SEC taps Interpol to track market offenders

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), in a first time move, has sought the assistance of International Criminal Police Organisation (Interpol) to crackdown on a Sri Lankan capital market offender. Interpol was contacted to summon one person based in Ireland to the Sri Lankan courts, according to SEC sources. Raw from the reputational dent it …

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SEC charges two investors of E-Channelling PLC over market manipulation

The Securities and Exchange Commission of Sri Lanka (SEC) filed action in the Magistrate’s Court Colombo Fort against two investors on charges of having committed the offence of Market/Price Manipulation with regard to the shares of E-Channelling PLC. Issuing a statement the SEC noted that, the action was filed on the basis of evidence elicited …

Invest Sri Lanka in Singapore - 2018

‘Invest Sri Lanka’ takes centre stage in Singapore

The ‘Invest Sri Lanka’ Investor Forum organised by the Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE), the Securities and Exchange Commission of Sri Lanka (SEC) and the Singapore –Sri Lanka Business Association (SLBA) was held on 2 March (Friday) at the Four Seasons Hotel Singapore and made a strong case for investment flows into Sri Lanka. The event …


Telegram has raised an initial $850M for its billion-dollar ICO

It looks like Telegram’s billion-dollar ICO has reached its first milestone after the chat app company raised an initial $850 million, according to a filing. A document submitted to the SEC earlier this week states that the money was raised “for the development of the TON Blockchain, the development and maintenance of Telegram Messenger and …

Baidu's earnings suffered in 2016

US IPO for Baidu video unit as Q4 net income flattens

Chinese search engine giant Baidu will spin off its Netflix-like video arm iQiyi and list it in the US market, the company said in a statement that revealed its net profit grew only one percent during the fourth quarter.

The company said it has submitted a draft registration to the US securities regulator, the SEC, for a proposed initial public offering of iQiyi, without giving further details.

The news sent Baidu’s shares up more than seven percent in afterhours trading on NASDAQ.

Baidu “expects to remain iQiyi’s controlling shareholder” after the offering, the statement said.

Bloomberg News reported on Wednesday that the online video streaming unit is valued at $15 billion.

iQiyi is the leading mobile video provider in China with 463 million monthly active mobile users, closely followed by Tencent’s video site and Alibaba’s Youku Tudou, according to QuestMobile, a Beijing-based data research firm.

Last year iQiyi reached a content licensing agreement with Netflix, whose shows include “Black Mirror” and “Stranger Things”.

New Street Research analyst Kirk Boodry told Bloomberg that the IPO will be able to fund Baidu’s content costs for the video unit.

“The iQiyi IPO confirmation is positive and we think that video will be a top story in 2018,” he said.

Baidu’s earnings suffered in 2016 as the company clamped down on dubious ads, but it has gradually recovered in 2017.

Net income in the final three months of last year came to $639 million (4.2 billion RMB), up just one percent from the same period last year, according to Baidu’s earnings report.

Revenue growth in the fourth quarter remained strong, up 29 percent year-on-year to $3.62 billion. Mobile revenue continues to grow, accounting for 76 percent of the total revenue.

Net income jumped in the second and third quarter year-on-year as the company disposed of non-core businesses such as food delivery.

“In 2017, Baidu sharpened its strategic focus. We strengthened our management team and built strong momentum by adopting AI-first in our mobile businesses and investing in new AI businesses,” said Robin Li, the company’s Chairman and CEO.

Baidu also made headway in autonomous driving, where it is cooperating with several Chinese auto companies including BAIC Group.


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