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AVENUE Capital Resources Bhd has not given up hope of underwriting the flotation of Federal Agriculture and Land Development Authority Bhd (Felda), which has been put on hold by the Government, group managing director Tengku Zafrul Aziz told I>StarBiz/Iafter the company AGM's in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.
There is a cautious mood among fund managers over how well the stock market would perform in the second half of the year. Fund managers contacted by I>StarBiz/Iwere generally of the view that the market outlook would largely depend on how external concerns - such as interest rate movements, terrorism threats and oil prices - would pan out.
SINCE the fourth quarter of 2003, many analysts have been very bullish about the prospect of the Malaysian economy. As a rosy economy would translate into better corporate earnings, it is unsurprising that both local and international investors have been increasingly upbeat in the equity market.
ALLIANCE Merchant Bank Bhd is headed for a listing on the main board of Bursa Malaysia some time at the end of this year or early next year.
This is the first in a revival of the series by Aseambankers Malaysia Bhd economist and head of fixed income research BALJEET GREWAL on the development of the Malaysian bond market. The monthly series will cover topics such as asset-backed securitisation, Islamic bond market, and structured products as well as other fixed income instruments. This month she examines the impact of the rise in the US Fed fund rate on the local bond market.
Malaysia's overall balance of payments surplus for the three months to March rose 56.7% to RM24.6bil from RM15.7bil in the preceding quarter to December 2003.
FOREIGN institutional investors and fund managers are expected to stir 'more excitement' in the local stock market in August, after the summer holiday ends, says a securities industry official.
RHB Capital Bhd recorded pre-tax profit of RM125.1mil for the third quarter ended March 31, up 30.16% from RM96.1mil in the previous corresponding quarter.
SHARES of Commerce Asset-Holding Bhd (CAHB), which have been on the uptrend since the group announced strong first-quarter results at mid-week, rose a further 30 sen yesterday to RM4.80.
Danny Yap writes on Kinta Kelas, MAHB, AMMB, DK Leather and PBB Oil.