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SHANGHAI, China: China's giant, state-owned banks, notorious for their huge portfolios of bad debt, weak management and antiquated service, are poised to raise billions of dollars in international stock offerings - and investors are keen to buy.
Temasek Holdings Pte, a Singapore state-owned investment company, invested S$13bil (US$7.6 bil) in the year through March, with foreign holdings now making up more than half its S$103bil portfolio, Temasek chief executive Ho Ching said.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. lawmakers on Sunday differed over how to pay for rebuilding the Gulf Coast in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, in a preview of the likely battles ahead as Congress struggles with a price tag that some say could top $200 billion.
China's banking regulator is considering raising the limits on foreign stakes in state-run commercial banks, a change that potentially could bring billions of dollars in new investments into the industry, an official said Wednesday.
FOREIGN investors are still about 15% under-weighting Malaysian stocks, although foreign portfolio investment as a percentage of total market capitalisation has climbed from 14.1% in 2001 to 19.5% currently.
AS THE KLSE Composite Index (CI) continued its climb last week to breach the 800 mark, fund managers said they wouldn't be surprised to see the index touching 1,000 points within the next six to 12 months as more foreign funds find their way back to the bourse they had abandoned some years ago.
FUND managers are confident that the return of CalPERS to Malaysia, should it decide to do so at its meeting next week, will boost the KLSE and may encourage other large global investment funds to consider Malaysia in their investment horizons. Current geopolitical concerns, however, could cloud the issue in the short term, they said.