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ING upgrades outlook for Malaysian bourse

ASSET management firm ING Financial Markets has upgraded its outlook for Malaysia's equity market and boosted its holding of Malaysian stocks to 9% of its total Asian (except Japan) portfolio from 5% previously.

IPOs lift KLSE sentiments

THE sharp rise in the number of initial public offerings (IPOs) this year is another good gauge of the buoyant sentiment in the local market.

China’s PICC aims for listing in HK

People's Insurance Co of China (PICC), the country's largest property insurer, is aiming for a stock listing in Hong Kong in early November, banking sources said yesterday.

Aim now is to be fully-fledged investment bank

THE creation of fully-fledged investment banks is being actively pursued now that the banking industry has undergone the consolidation process.

Capital guaranteed fund an alternative

INVESTORS seeking to diversify their investment portfolio and higher returns than deposit rates should consider investing in capital guaranteed funds, said Citibank Bhd investment and insurance director Charles Sik.

AmInvest to raise RM150m from funds

AMINVEST, a member of the AmBank group, expects to sell 100 million units of each of its three newly launched funds - the AmBalanced, AmConservative and the AmDynamic Bond - and raise a total of RM150mil during the six-month period to March 31.

Takaful sees 53% increase in general business

TAKAFUL Nasional Sdn Bhd has projected a 31% growth in contribution from its family takaful business and 53% increase in its general takaful business for the current financial year ending March 31, 2004.

World economy to recover further

THE world's economic growth for the second half of this year would be 'gradual but firm,' according to Economic Report.---------------------------------------------

More vibrant capital market

THE capital market, comprising equities and bonds, is projected to further expand in line with the stronger economy in 2004.

Stocks pulled down by job data

Stocks dropped on Friday, pulled lower by an unexpected fall in jobs in August and a large institution's big trade moving money from stocks to bonds, traders said.