Morning business news round-up for Sep 17, 2014

SINGAPORE - Catch up on the morning's top business headlines in Singapore with The Straits Times Money Desk's lunchtime update.

1. Singapore's exports rebound 6 per cent in August over the previous year. This followed a drop of 3.3 per cent in July and surpassed economists' expectations of a 2.6 per cent rise.

2. Markets cheer $102b China stimulus report. Hong Kong stocks rallied more than one percent in the first few minutes of trading on Wednesday following the report, and US stocks reacted strongly.

3. China, Singapore slowdown weigh on Q3 Asia business sentiment. The ThomsonReuters/INSEAD Asia Business Sentiment Index fell to 66 in the third quarter from 74 in the previous quarter, its steepest decline in three years.