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Economy 14 Feb 2015 | 12:00 AM

The trade winds

Economist expects a narrower trade surplus this year

Banking 10 Jan 2015 | 12:00 AM

Doubts cast on synergies from merger

DECLINING market conditions have cast doubts over the synergies that can be derived from the three-way bank merger, which, in turn, have led to a relook at the exercise.

Economy 10 Jan 2015 | 12:00 AM

Writers picks

AS we enter into the second week to the start of 2015, the writers on The Star’s business desk try their hand in the area of stock-picking, which is a hazardous exercise.

Business 31 Dec 2014 | 12:00 AM

Positive view on Sunway highway job

SUNWAY Bhd said its wholly-owned subsidiary, Sunway Construction Sdn Bhd, has signed a letter of acceptance issued by SJIC Bina Sdn Bhd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Iskandar Investment Bhd in relation to the proposed design, construction, testing and completion of the Coastal Highway Southern Link, Johor for RM169.3mil.

Property 29 Nov 2014 | 12:00 AM

Careplus meets headwinds head on

THE rubber glove industry is facing some headwinds as declining average selling prices crimp revenue and stiff competition compress margins, resulting in depressed earnings for some players in the industry.

Analyst Reports 13 Nov 2014 | 12:00 AM

Shares: Puncak add, CREST Builder outperform, GD Express buy, Bumi Armada buy

Puncak Niaga Holdings Bhd has formalised a sale and purchase agreement (SPA) for the divestment of its two water concessions for the cash offer of RM1.6bil by the Selangor government. “The group has set aside RM534mil from the total proceeds to be distributed to shareholders as special dividends,” CIMB Research said.

Analyst Reports 17 Oct 2014 | 12:00 AM

'Buy' for Ta Ann and UMW O&G, 'underperform' for Zhulian

Ta Ann Holdings Bhd’s log production for first eight months of 2014 surged 28.1% year-on-year (y-o-y) to 338,061 cu m, according to Affin Hwang Capital. It said the improvement was partly attributed to better weather conditions, which have helped to increase the log supply.

Business 08 Oct 2014 | 10:17 AM

Affin downgrades brewery sector; Reduce Guinness, Carlsberg

KUALA LUMPUR: Affin Hwang Capital Research has downgraded the brewery sector to Underweight from Neutral, with a Reduce call on both Guinness and Carlsberg, saying the ongoing subsidy rationalisation measures by the Government are continuing to dampen consumer sentiment.

Corporate News 30 Sep 2014 | 12:00 AM

'Buy' for Coastal Contracts, Hiap Teck Venture and Press Metal

COASTAL Contracts Bhd announced that it had secured contracts for the sale of seven offshore support vessels (OSVs) for an aggregate value of RM444mil. This takes its order book to a record RM2.6bil. Of this, the OSVs amount to RM1.4bil while the remainder RM1.2bil is for a gas compression unit to be chartered to Mexico’s Pemex starting mid-2015 for eight years.

Corporate News 24 Sep 2014 | 12:00 AM

Surprise BAT, JTI pullback of cigarette price not reversing analysts’ bearish view

PETALING JAYA: The reversal of an earlier cigarette price hike by tobacco companies British American Tobacco (M) Bhd (BAT) and JT International Bhd (JTI) surprised the market, but did not do much to reverse the bearish view analysts have on BAT.