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THE strong economic growth numbers released by Bank Negara yesterday have clearly beaten market consensus. Economists and fund managers interviewed by StarBiz see the growth momentum continuing at a faster pace this year.
MALAYAN Banking Bhd (Maybank) posted a net profit of RM1.09bil for the first half of its financial year ended June 2004, up 32% from RM831mil in the corresponding period before.
LAST-minute buying of heavyweight counters helped drive the KLSE Composite Index (CI) 7.4 points or nearly 1% higher to close at 825 yesterday.
DESPITE the run-up in the share price of banks, there is still a great deal of upside to a number of them. ING Financial Markets believes bank valuations are still far from their peaks.
PUBLIC Bank Bhd has posted a record net profit of slightly more than RM1bil for its financial year ended Dec 31, 2003, on strong growth in loans to small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and consumers.
MALAYSIA's top banks are set to post steady-to-stronger quarterly earnings, supported by strong loan demand and better non-interest income on the back of a buoyant economy and resurgent stock market.