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Euro may remain volatile

LOCAL companies affected by the euro's two-year long appreciation and expecting a reprieve after the currency fell to a four-month low against the US dollar at US$1.1995 yesterday, could still see their hopes dashed.

Equine profit beats forecast

EQUINE Capital Bhd (ECB) has achieved net profit of RM9.3mil in the financial year (FY) ended March 31, 24% higher than the forecast profit of RM7.5mil.

Aussie index hits new high despite US rate fears

Asian stock markets continued to be dogged by worries about an impending US interest rate rise but that did not prevent Australia's benchmark index from reaching an all-time high yesterday.

DRB-Hicom confirms StarBiz report

DRB-HICOM Bhd has confirmed a recent I>StarBiz/Ireport that the company was planning to increase its shareholding in EON Capital Bhd (ECB) to about 20%.

Slowdown seen in euro-zone growth

Growth in the euro-zone economy slowed sharply in the third quarter, led by weaker-than-expected results in France and Germany, and is expected to remain sluggish in the next six months.

Rising euro, slowing growth, worry Europeans

European Union officials Monday urged the United States to curb its deficits to help bolster the sagging US dollar amid fears a strengthening euro would stifle Europe's fledgling economic recovery.

Less than robust recovery indicated in Europe

Signs of shaky economies in France and Germany have sharpened worries about Europe's less-than-robust recovery - and underscored the struggle to shake up regulation-clogged economies in countries that use the euro.

Japan warns against rising yen

Japan issued a fresh warning against a rising yen yesterday, despite growing complaints from European leaders about Asian currency levels, saying it would step into the market if exchange rates deviate from fundamentals.

Central banks raise euro exposure at dollar's expense

Nearly 40 central banks have increased their exposure to the euro in the past two years, mainly at the expense of the US dollar, according to a survey of 65 central banks released yesterday.

Rethinking the timeframe for a balanced budget

THE Malaysian Government is striving to reduce its budget deficit and achieve a balanced budget. This sounds good. A balanced budget would ensure a strong public sector financial position, more confidence in the economy, a stable currency and a stable economy.