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Blue chips shine, with tech lagging

Wall Street#8217;s blue chips have regained their lustre after a third week of gains that put the Dow Jones benchmark index back into positive territory for the first time in 2005.


Year’s debuts in US indicate investors in buying mode

If you price it fairly, they will come.


Higher-yield stocks may outperform

Shares in Asian companies paying above-average dividends, such as China Steel Corp and Telecom Corp of New Zealand, may outperform this year as concern that economic growth is likely to slow weighs on regional benchmarks.


US stocks end at fresh year lows

US stocks slid on Friday, ending the third consecutive week of 2005 in the red, as oil prices jumped and data indicated a drop in consumer sentiment.


State-linked companies to drive South-East Asia M&As this year

Banking, telecommunications and the energy sectors look set to lead South-East Asian mergers and acquisitions (MAs) this year as state-linked companies here and Malaysia look offshore for growth.


Foreign business news in brief

News briefs, including from Melbourne that Australian newspaper publisher John Fairfax Holdings Ltd said yesterday it was talking to various media groups after a report that it may spend up to A$1bil to buy a stake in the country's third-ranked broadcaster, Ten Network, from Canada's CanWest Global Communications Corp.


Stocks fall, jobs fail to excite

US stocks ended the first week of 2005 lower on Friday as widely watched jobs data failed to excite investors by coming in close to expectations, but a strong showing by Apple Computer Inc helped limit losses on the Nasdaq.


Economic recovery

From this great tragedy, a little good news is emerging. If one weighs damage using only economic indicators, the future for Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia appears pretty encouraging.


Thailand’s GDP forecast downgraded to 5.7%

International investment consultants Morgan Stanley is maintaining Malaysia and Indonesia's growth forecast for this year at 4.8% and 4.5%, respectively, but has marginally downgraded Thailand's by 0.3 percentage points to 5.7%.


Shares in Asian exporters rise on hopes of better sales

Shares in Asian exporters, including Matsushita Electric Industrial Co and Hyundai Motor Co, rose on optimism that their sales will increase after a measure of US consumer confidence climbed to a five-month high.