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Business 30 Dec 2014 | 12:00 AM

Positive outlook for, overweight on water utilities

DIGI.COM Bhd’s stock price is up 32% year-to-date and is among the better performing telcos. Affin Hwang said its stock price gain was justifiable, considering that it was the only telco that had reported stronger earnings year-to-date.

Business 26 Dec 2014 | 3:23 PM

Affin Hwang Research maintains Overweight on utilities sector

KUALA LUMPUR: Affin Hwang Capital is maintaining an 'overweight' call on the utilities sector for its defensive qualities and good earnings visibility, against a backdrop of volatile equity markets.

Business 24 Dec 2014 | 12:00 AM

WCT faces weak sentiment, 'neutral'; V.S. Industry 'buy', MISC 'hold'

RHB RESEARCH envisions sentiment towards WCT Holdings Bhd to remain weak, given its Middle East exposure. It has maintained its “neutral” call, and added that WCT is not an ideal proxy to the local construction sector as it has yet to secure any Klang Valley mass rapid transit jobs.

Business 11 Dec 2014 | 12:00 AM

Weak earnings prospects, moderate loan growth for banks next year

PETALING JAYA: Malaysian banks are expected to continue facing weak earnings prospects next year on moderate loan growth amid a slowing economy and margin compression in the face of stiff competition.

Business 10 Dec 2014 | 12:00 AM

Special dividend seen for IJM shareholders

PETALING JAYA: IJM Corp Bhd’s move to dispose of its 100% stake in Jaipur-Mahua Tollway Private Ltd (JMTPL) in India will reduce the company’s gearing and potentially result in a special dividend for shareholders, according to analysts.

Business 09 Dec 2014 | 12:00 AM

Poser over the weaker ringgit, Govt expected to react to lower oil price

PETALING JAYA: The US dollar continued to advance against major Asian currencies as another strong payroll report underpinned the growth of the world’s largest economy and raised expectations the Federal Reserve might raise the federal funds rate sooner than expected.

Business 05 Dec 2014 | 12:00 AM

Japan elections a short-term setback for Genting

JAPAN’S snap elections mean that its casino bill will be delayed to 2015 or later which, according to Affin Hwang Capital, is a short-term setback for Genting, given the importance and potential size of Japan as a major gaming market.

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.

Business 24 Nov 2014 | 7:25 PM

Affin Holdings Q3 earnings at nearly RM142m

KUALA LUMPUR: Affin Holdings Bhd reported earnings of RM141.95mil in the third quarter ended Sept 30, 2014, down 17.9% from the RM172.96mil a year ago due to lower profit from the banking arm, but the group recorded better performance from the preceding quarter.

Business 22 Nov 2014 | 12:00 AM

Mistry boost for Bumi Armada

WHILE it is generally business as usual for shipping giant Bumi Armada Bhd, two developments have taken place recently that make the stock an interesting counter to watch.