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Business 03 Jul 2004 | 12:00 AM

Malaysian banks to put on better show in second quarter says ING

LOCAL banks, whose pre-tax profits collectively grew 5% quarter-on-quarter during the first three months of the year despite weaker interest income, are expected to improve their performance in the second half 2004 with a recovery in loan growth, said ING Financial Markets, which has maintained its overweight rating on the banking sector.

Business 25 Jun 2004 | 12:00 AM

Local banking system to remain strong

MALAYSIA'S banking system is expected to remain strong and resilient on the back of a stronger capital base, further improvement in asset quality and robust loan activity despite the competitive environment, according to a Public Bank Bhd report.

Business 19 Jun 2004 | 12:00 AM

Versus the CI

Hong Leong Bank, Road builder, Ho Hup, APM Auto and AWC: By SIDEK KAMISO

Business 04 Jun 2004 | 12:00 AM

SMI financial solutions roadshow kicks off today

The SMI Association of Malaysia has for the first time coordinated its efforts with the Finance Ministry and Bank Negara to create greater awareness of the Government's financial initiatives to give a boost to domestic small- and medium- sized industries (SMIs).

Business 28 May 2004 | 12:00 AM

No plans to raise BLR just yet, says SBB

SOUTHERN Bank Bhd (SBB) has no immediate plan to lower its base lending rate (BLR) but expects the new interest rate mechanism announced last month to raise the cost of credit for riskier borrowers as it better differentiates its customers.

Business 26 May 2004 | 12:00 AM

HLB Q3 profit falls 79% to RM29m

Hong Leong Bank Bhd (HLB) said its third quarter to March net profit fell 79% year-on-year to RM29.45mil from RM143.5mil a year earlier because of higher loan-loss provisions.

Business 20 May 2004 | 12:00 AM

Banking stocks showing promise

BANKING stocks on Bursa Malaysia are looking attractive, with some offering potential gains in excess of 20% should they recover to their year's high.

Business 07 May 2004 | 12:00 AM

Westpac first-half profit rises 17%

Westpac Banking Corp, Australia's fourth-largest bank, reported yesterday a 17% rise in first-half net profit after business lending soared, but fears of slowing home loan growth spooked investors.

Business 29 Apr 2004 | 12:00 AM

CAHB expected to record another big jump in profit

COMMERCE Asset-Holding Bhd (CAHB) is expected to post another big rise in profit this year after its Indonesian subsidiary, PT Bank Niaga, reported a first-quarter net profit that was triple the figure for the corresponding 2003 quarter.

Business 22 Apr 2004 | 12:00 AM

Public Bank first quarter pre-tax profit rises to RM430mil

PUBLIC Bank Bhd continued with its solid financial performance, posting a sharp rise in profitability for the first quarter ended March. It also said strong growth in earnings was set to continue.