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Petronas stocks lead KLCI’s advance as sentiment improves

KUALA LUMPUR: Petronas-linked stocks led the FBM KLCI higher in early Wednesday trade as crude oil continued to stay firm while key Asian markets trended higher.

Asia stocks up slightly, eyes on US-China talks, Fed minutes

TOKYO: Asian stocks gained a tad on Wednesday after U.S-China trade talks resumed while investors awaited minutes from the U.S. Federal Reserve for clues on policymakers' thinking on interest rates and its balance sheet reduction policy.

MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan rose 0.2 percent in early trade. Japan's Nikkei gained 0.4 percent.

Trading ideas: SunCon, Pesona Metro, Boustead, Hup Seng, Hibiscus, KPJ

KUALA LUMPUR: JF Apex Research expects Sunway Construction Group Bhd (SunCon), Pesona Metro Bhd, Boustead Holdings Bhd, Hup Seng Industries Bhd, Hibiscus Petroleum Bhd and KPJ Healthcare Bhd to be among the stocks to watch on Wednesday.

Malaysian palm oil/Vegoils: Market factors to watch Wednesday Feb 20

KUALA LUMPUR: The following factors are likely to influence Malaysian palm oil futures and other vegetable oil markets on Wednesday Feb 20.

Malaysian palm oil futures reversed earlier gains to fall over 1 percent in evening trade on Tuesday, as output declines remained slower than in previous years and stocks in key buying markets stayed high.

Loan of $100 million from Taiwan gives lifeline to Nicaragua's Ortega

MANAGUA (Reuters) - Nicaragua's congress on Tuesday accepted a $100 million loan offered by Taiwan, giving a line of support to President Daniel Ortega's government, which has become increasingly isolated after a brutal crackdown on protesters last year.

In rebuke to US, Germany considers letting Huawei in

Preliminary decision comes after probe found no evidence the Chinese tech giant could use its equipment to spy on communications

Gold price hits 10-month peak on growth worries; US$ dips

NEW YORK: Gold prices rose to a 10-month high on Tuesday as concerns over a global economic slowdown spurred a safe-haven bid and were also supported by a weaker U.S. dollar, which fell on optimism for a breakthrough in U.S.-China trade talks.

Spot gold added 1.1 percent to $1,341.02 an ounce. U.S. gold futures gained 1.66 percent to $1,344.10 an ounce.

Oil near 2019 highs amid Opec supply cuts; rising US output weighs(Update)

SINGAPORE: Oil prices hovered near 2019 highs on Wednesday, supported by OPEC-led supply cuts and U.S. sanctions on Iran and Venezuela, but capped by soaring U.S. production and expectations of an economic slowdown.

U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil futures were at $55.93 per barrel at 0042 GMT, down 16 cents from their last settlement, but not far off their 2019 high of $56.33 reached earlier this week.  International Brent crude futures had yet to trade. They also hit a 2019 high of $66.83 per barrel this week.

Malaysian palm oil price reverses gains to fall 1% from over 1-week peak

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian palm oil futures reversed earlier gains to fall over 1 percent in evening trade on Tuesday, as output declines remained slower than in previous years and stocks in key buying markets stayed high.

Palm had earlier gained as much as 1.1 percent, hitting its highest in over a week as it tracked strength in U.S. soyoil prices and a weaker ringgit.

Wall Street rises modestly on Walmart bump

NEW YORK: All three major U.S. equity indexes closed higher, with the Nasdaq ending its seventh consecutive day in the black.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 8.07 points, or 0.03 percent, to 25,891.32, the S&P 500 gained 4.16 points, or 0.15 percent, to 2,779.76 and the Nasdaq Composite added 14.36 points, or 0.19 percent, to 7,486.77.  Of the 11 major sectors in the S&P 500, all but healthcare and industrials closed in positive territory.