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Business 06 Feb 2014 | 12:00 AM

AirAsia X 'buy' call kept

WITH the recent approval to AirAsia X’s (AAX) 49%-owned associate Thai AirAsia X from Thailand’s aviation regulator to commence operation, MIDF Research said it expects shorter gestation period and some initial start-up losses with its local brand awareness and focus on matured service routes. The next step, it said, would be application for operating permit and slots for its intended service routes.

M&A 06 Feb 2014 | 12:00 AM

Analysts see M&A pick-up in plantation and water sectors

PETALING JAYA: Merger and acquisition (M&A) activities in Malaysia’s plantation and water sectors are expected to accelerate, on the back of improving macro-economic conditions and confidence.

Business 06 Feb 2014 | 6:48 AM

Southeast Asia Stocks: Indonesia snaps losing streak; Thai trims gains M'sia down

BANGKOK: Indonesian shares rose almost 1 percent on Wednesday after better-than-expected GDP growth for the fourth quarter, while Thai shares gave up some earlier gains as the continuing political uncertainty sparked late profit-taking.

Business 05 Feb 2014 | 4:11 PM

Australian casino battle heats up, Genting eyes at least 10% stake in Echo

SYDNEY: Echo Entertainment Group Ltd chief executive John Redmond announced his retirement on Wednesday just over a year into the job, leaving the Australian casino operator to fend for itself in a turf war against Crown Resorts Ltd.

Business 22 Feb 2014 | 12:00 AM

Dutch oil trader in US$2.6bil deal for refinery and petrol stations

SYDNEY: Top global oil trader Vitol SA has agreed to buy Royal Dutch Shell’s Australian refinery and petrol stations for about US$2.6bil in its biggest acquisition, looking to grab a share of a growing oil product market.

Business 21 Feb 2014 | 8:11 AM

RHB Research keeps Neutral call on YTL Power

KUALA LUMPUR: RHB Research is maintaining its Neutral call on YTL Poower with its sum-of-parts based fair value tweaked marginally to RM1.86 from RM1.90.

Business 05 Feb 2014 | 12:00 AM

China cancels deal

BANGKOK: China has cancelled a deal to buy 1.2 million tonnes of Thai rice after Thailand’s anti-corruption agency launched investigations into a state rice-buying scheme, the Thai commerce minister said.

Business 21 Feb 2014 | 8:52 AM

CIMB Research keeps auto sector in Neutral

KUALA LUMPUR: CIMB Equities Research is maintaining its Neutral call on the automotive sector, with 2014 total industry volume (TIV) forecast to remain flat due to market saturation and with downside risk from possible credit tightening.

Business 22 Mar 2014 | 12:00 AM

Is TM a wireless giant in the making?

The ongoing speculation that Telekom Malaysia Bhd (TM) will be involved in a merger and acquisition (M&A) deal with Packet One Networks (M) Sdn Bhd (P1) gives rise to an interesting proposition - could a new wireless giant be created?

Business 22 Mar 2014 | 12:00 AM

Bank Negara proves economists wrong by maintaining OPR

WHEN Bank Negara hosted a media briefing on Wednesday for the release of its 2013 annual report, there was naturally quite a number of overnight policy rate (OPR)-centric questions.