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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.
CIMB Bhd sealed yesterday a deal with TA Enterprise Bhd to buy the latter's securities business for RM400mil, which will make it the largest stockbroking house in Malaysia.
EQUITY-BASED funds appeared to be the current favourite among unit trust management companies for their launchings with many banking on it to attract investors' interest.
UNIT trust funds, especially equity funds, are expected to attract strong money flows judging from the recovery in the equity market and improvement in the country's economic fundamentals.
WITH the current favourable market conditions coupled with ample liquidity in the financial system, many unit trust management companies (UTMCs) are enlarging their fund sizes and rolling out new funds this year.
OSK Research expects corporate results in the fourth quarter ended Dec 31, 2003, to remain strong with earnings or even dividend surprises moving share prices.
INITIAL public offerings (IPOs) should do better this year given that the economy is expected to expand faster than it did last year. At the same time, the shorter time-to-listing is seen to reduce market risks quite significantly.