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RM1bil interim net profit for Maybank

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 move may rekindle brokerage consolidation

CIMB Bhd's purchase of TA Enterprise's securities business last week has somewhat triggered speculation that the long pending consolidation in the stockbroking industry could regain momentum soon.


Purchase of TA securities ops makes CIMB largest brokerage

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 the favourite among managers

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.


More money flows into equity funds

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.


Unit trust firms growing fund size

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: Fourth-quarter results expected to be better

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.


2004 looking good for new share offerings on strong economy

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.


RHB Unit Trust sees higher sales

RHB Unit Trust Management Bhd is targeting total sales of RM650mil for the financial year ending June 30, up from RM500mil last year.


AmInvestment plans more fixed income funds

AMBANK Group's unit trust arm, AmInvestment Services Bhd, plans to launch more fixed income funds this year to take advantage of the current low interest rate and the volatility in the equity market.