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Construction works on MRT1 underground transport hub progressing smoothly. — Bernama

MRT2 works to start

PETALING JAYA: Mass Rapid Transit Corporation Sdn Bhd (MRT Corp) is expected to start awarding contracts for the various packages of the RM23bil Mass Rapid Transit line 2 (MRT2) in the last quarter of this year.

Gan: ‘We could potentially see more mergers and acquisitions.

Bankers remain positive on capital raising

PETALING JAYA: There is a silver lining in the investment banking business despite the weak capital market activities that could spur banks’ bottom line this year amid a challenging economic outlook.

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Unfair housing loan agreement

MOST if not all house buyers will require financing to buy their dream homes. While there appears to be stiff competition among banks for market share and interest rates may be kept low, house buyers are ultimately at the mercy of banks when it comes to the detailed terms and conditions of the housing loan. (Banks in this context refers to commercial banks, Islamic banks and other financial institutions).

28 March 2015 | 12:00AM |

chang kim loong

Simplifying the concept of GST?

GOT a WhatsApp message from my friend today saying that he heard my name mentioned over the morning run show of a business radio station.

28 March 2015 | 12:00AM |

GST

Mulpha Land on the cusp of change

MULPHA Land Bhd, a property company that had been off investors’ radar for a very long time, has suddenly come to life, with its shares surging by some 35% over the past one week.

28 March 2015 | 12:00AM |

Mulpha Land

SILK Holdings’ highway division recorded an average daily traffic volume of over 213,000 vehicles during the first quarter.

SILK Holdings narrows second-quarter net loss

Petaling Jaya: Highway concession holder SILK Holdings Bhd posted a lower net loss of RM4.7mil for its second quarter ended Jan 31, 2015, compared with RM7.3mil a year earlier on the back of higher revenue.

28 March 2015 | 12:00AM |

SILK Holdings

The Short Position

REVELATIONS about what transpired in the fatal Germanwings Airbus A320 crash that took the lives of 150 people are shocking.

28 March 2015 | 12:00AM |

short position

BCorp launches takeover of REDtone

Petaling Jaya: Berjaya Corp Bhd has launched a takeover of REDtone International Bhd and is offering 80 sen a share, which could be seen as too low.

28 March 2015 | 12:00AM |

REDTone

Genting Plantations joins the big boys

GENTING Plantations Bhd has finally joined the league of other vertically integrated top palm oil companies such as IOI Corp Bhd, Sime Darby Bhd and Kuala Lumpur Kepong Bhd following its recent maiden venture into the palm oil refinery business with Singapore-based global refiner, Musim Mas Group.

28 March 2015 | 12:00AM |

Genting Plantations

Retail slowdown seen

THIS year could see a slowdown in the retail sector, especially for the consumer discretionary space in view of the impending implementation of the goods and services tax (GST).

28 March 2015 | 12:00AM |

Retail

Fateh Iskandar: ‘Overall cost of construction has increased by 30 since three years ago.’

Centro to be central in Kayu Ara area

GLOMAC Bhd will be launching the second phase of its mixed commercial development Glomac Centro V this weekend, three years after it launched its first phase in 2012.

28 March 2015 | 12:00AM |

property

Chua: JV parties to submit separate returns under GST

PUTRAJAYA: Landowners and property developers, who form joint ventures (JV) to develop land and sell the units, would need to register and submit separate returns under the goods and services tax (GST), said Deputy Finance Minister Datuk Chua Tee Yong (pic).

28 March 2015 | 12:00AM |

GST

Integrax shareholders urged to hold on to shares

PETALING JAYA: Integrax Bhd co-founder and deputy chairman Amin Halim Rasip is making another attempt to thwart the offer by Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB) for Integrax at RM3.25 a share by requesting Integrax shareholders not to sell their shares to TNB yet and is planning to make a voluntary general takeover (VGO).

30 March 2015 | 12:00AM |

Integrax

Adex up 15% in February on campaign by advertisers

PETALING JAYA: Advertising expenditure (adex) in February grew 15% year-on-year to RM1.05mil from RM909,924 in the previous corresponding period, driven by campaigns from advertisers looking to drive sales ahead of the impending goods and services tax (GST) on April 1.

30 March 2015 | 12:00AM |

adex

Chevron exits Caltex Australia

PERTH: US energy giant Chevron sold its entire stake in refiner Caltex Australia Ltd for A$4.7bil (US$3.7bil) in Asia’s biggest block deal this year, as falling oil prices and high costs hurt margins.

30 March 2015 | 12:00AM |

Foreign News

China to cut 80 million tonnes of steel capacity

BEIJING: China will aim to cut as much as 80 million tonnes of excess steel capacity in the next three years to tackle a massive supply glut that has plunged much of the sector into crisis, a government official said.

30 March 2015 | 12:00AM |

Foreign News

Firms urged to sell bonds abroad for Silk Road projects

HAINAN: China will encourage local companies to issue bonds overseas to fund projects to create a modern Silk Road, a plan to boost connectivity across Asia for which it has created a US$40bil fund, according to a framework agreement released by the official Xinhua news agency.

30 March 2015 | 12:00AM |

Foreign News

Intel in talks to buy Altera, shares of firms surge

NEW YORK: Intel Corp is in talks to buy fellow chipmaker Altera Corp in a deal likely to top $10 billion, according to a source familiar with the matter, making it Intel's biggest purchase ever and the latest merger in the quickly consolidating semiconductor sector.

28 March 2015 | 12:37PM |

Corporate News

Fed's Yellen sees gradual rate hikes starting this year

SAN FRANCISCO/WASHINGTON: Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen signaled that the U.S. central bank will likely start raising borrowing costs later this year, even before inflation and wages have returned to health, but emphasized the return to normal interest rates will be gradual.

28 March 2015 | 12:30PM |

Banking

SILK Holdings’ highway division recorded an average daily traffic volume of over 213,000 vehicles during the first quarter.

SILK Holdings narrows second-quarter net loss

Petaling Jaya: Highway concession holder SILK Holdings Bhd posted a lower net loss of RM4.7mil for its second quarter ended Jan 31, 2015, compared with RM7.3mil a year earlier on the back of higher revenue.

28 March 2015 | 12:00AM |

SILK Holdings

BCorp launches takeover of REDtone

Petaling Jaya: Berjaya Corp Bhd has launched a takeover of REDtone International Bhd and is offering 80 sen a share, which could be seen as too low.

28 March 2015 | 12:00AM |

REDTone

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