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Market Watch - Weekly technical analysis

BUOYED by a triple-digit gain on Wall Street the previous Friday, the Kuala Lumpur Stock Exchange (KLSE) got off to a positive start, led by mining companies due to strong overseas demand for tin amid speculation that these companies may benefit from higher tin prices.

EPF wants boardroom leverage

THE Employees Provident Fund (EPF) wants to exert greater control and influence over companies in which it has a substantial stake. It plans to do so by seeking board seats in selected companies.

SGX records higher 2nd quarter net profit of S$12.39mil

SINGAPORE Exchange Ltd (SGX) said yesterday that uncertainty in the equity market hit trading volumes in its fiscal second quarter, but its net profit showed a year-on-year increase because a one-off provision had hurt its bottom line the year before.

Weekly technical analysis

BY K. M. LEE

The potential of Valuecap

From-loaded pump priming targeted at the stock market is deemed the quickest way to fuel the economy. In a recent report, research house UOB Kay Hian explains why exactly.

Investment bankers feel chill of war worries

Top investment bankers have added to the sense of gloom that is depressing world markets, with some saying a long war in Iraq would devastate the sector, leaving only a handful of global survivors.

Bond market's increasing popularity

DURING the bull run days of the early 90's, one would have considered it somewhat déclassé to even mention something as unsophisticated as the bond market.

CEOs optimistic but cautious about outlook

LAST year saw some dramatic and aggressive changes in corporate behaviour among life insurance players, with many setting high sales targets on marketing personnel.

Preference for bonds over equities

In the first of a monthly series of six articles on the economy and bond market, Asembankers looks at why there is now a preference for bonds over equity.

Arresting the declining dividend rate

Arresting the declining dividend rate BizWeek will run a series of articles, written by EPF's investment division, every fortnight. With funds exceeding RM190 billion, the keeper of the people's money is keen to tell its story on many pertinent issues related to investments.