Lee Yen Nee is a correspondent for CNBC digital based in Singapore, covering a range of business topics from around the region, including banks and macroeconomics. She is no stranger to the business reporting scene, having worked previously at Thomson Reuters and Singapore's daily newspaper TODAY.
Shares of Singapore banks led gains in the city state's benchmark index in early trade Friday after UOB reported better than expected financial results.
Chinese companies listed on SGX, known as S-chips, are leaving the exchange in greater numbers in recent months.
Departures from the SGX have outnumbered IPOs thus far, and it remains to be seen whether new listings could catch up for the rest of the year.
Rising global interest rates will diminish the attractiveness of bonds, but emerging market debt can still be a strong play, a Morgan Stanley executive told CNBC.
Marcato Capital Management said Buffalo Wild Wings misrepresented share performance in materials it filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
The first round of France's presidential election shows the country is giving the European Union project a chance, a fellow said.
The world's largest offshore rig builder Keppel Corp expects an extended slowdown in the offshore sector though oil prices have recovered from historical lows.
Renewable energy and clean technologies can help the U.S. grow, create jobs and make money, said the pilot who flew a solar-powered plane around the world.
Asia will grow old at a faster pace in the coming decades, hampering growth in emerging markets such as China and Thailand before they can become rich.
Rising consumer spending in China has boosted retail sales, but it is the country's new infrastructure that is giving businesses the opportunity to expand.