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Apparently, signs of the China’s economic recovery are weakening as the latest flash manufacturing PMI showed that factory activity slumped significantly in May. Data released by HSBC Holdings Plc indicated that the economic growth of the world’s second economy was visibly slackening in the second quarter of the year. It seems that bad days are gathering over China’s manufacturing.

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The restructuring spree of HSBC Holdings Plc is likely to continue as the European bank aims to improve its performance. It is widely speculated that HSBC CEO Stuart Gulliver will inform about further downsizing and sales of some assets on the 15th of May. Investors expect to hear that a 3-year restructuring plan has started bearing fruits.

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On the 4th of March, HSBC Holdings reported a fall in its full year preliminary profit for the year ended December 2012. The bank cited debt revaluation and the US related money-laundering fine as some of the major determinants which led to declining profits.

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On the 11th of December, HSBC Holdings PLC informed that it decided to pay approximately 1.9 billion in settlement with U.S. regulatory authorities to end a long and embarrassing American criminal probe into money laundering allegations against the Europe’s biggest bank. The amicable settlement, which is to be paid by HSBC Holdings PLC , will be the largest fine paid by a bank in the history.

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HSBC Holdings Plc has confirmed that it is negotiating the sale of its 15.6 percent stake in China’s Ping An Insurance Co., which is worth approximately $9 billion, as it tries to boost its profitability. On the 19th of November, shares of HSBC grew approximately 1.4 percent in Hong Kong after the biggest Europe’s bank informed about its plans to sell stakes in China’s second-biggest insurer.

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