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Business 01 Mar 2003 | 12:00 AM

The fund's (EPF) conundrum

EPF is under pressure to preserve capital yet enhance reutrns. The choices, though, are frustratingly few.

Business 28 Feb 2003 | 12:00 AM

Nestle profit up 13% but misses sales growth target

Nestle SA, the world#8217;s largest food group whose portfolio of brands includes I>Nescaf/I>e coffee, I>KitKat/Ichocolate bars and I>Perrier/Iwater, reported yesterday a 13% rise in 2002 profit but said core sales growth failed to reach its own target.

Business 23 Feb 2003 | 12:00 AM

US stocks gain on relief rally

Stocks rallied on Friday, capping a second straight week of gains, as the expiration of February options and hopes that war may be averted helped push share prices higher.

Business 04 Feb 2003 | 12:00 AM

Banking on new growth avenues

WHILE banks may not be tempted to initiate another round of huge bank merger exercises just yet, there seems to be a trend in the industry for banks to look at other avenues or means to position themselves as tomorrow#146;s winners.

Business 27 Jan 2003 | 12:00 AM


Liew Lai Jing writes on Proton, MPI, Time dotCom, PLUS and Affin Holdings.

Business 26 Jan 2003 | 12:00 AM

Worries of war cause tumble

Stocks tumbled to their lowest levels since October on Friday as the specter of a US war against Iraq loomed over a market already spooked by the outlook for corporate profits during the rush of reporting season.

Business 25 Jan 2003 | 12:00 AM

KAF Group says it won’t buy stake in Affin Bank

KAF Group will not buy a 30% stake in Affin Bank Bhd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Affin Holdings Bhd (AHB). However, it is still in talks with Malaysia International Shipping Corp Bhd (MISC) to acquire 36.8% of Affin Merchant Bank.

Business 24 Jan 2003 | 12:00 AM

JP Morgan loss widens, Merrill makes profit

JP Morgan Chase Co Inc has posted a wider fourth-quarter loss due to charges to cover Enron-related losses and other legal battles, while cost-cutting has lifted results at its Wall Street rival Merrill Lynch Co Inc.

Business 17 Jan 2003 | 12:00 AM

SEC cracks down on bad reports, insider trading

US market regulators have voted to crack down on misleading financial reports by corporations and on insider sales of company stock by managers when rank-and-file workers are locked out of the market.

Business 17 Jan 2003 | 12:00 AM

US dollar drops further

WAR fears and uncertainties over the health of the US economy continued to apply downward pressure on the US dollar, sending it to a three-year low against the euro and a four-month low against the yen yesterday.