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DRB-Hicom confirms StarBiz report

DRB-HICOM Bhd has confirmed a recent I>StarBiz/Ireport that the company was planning to increase its shareholding in EON Capital Bhd (ECB) to about 20%.

Aussie index hits new high despite US rate fears

Asian stock markets continued to be dogged by worries about an impending US interest rate rise but that did not prevent Australia's benchmark index from reaching an all-time high yesterday.

Equine profit beats forecast

EQUINE Capital Bhd (ECB) has achieved net profit of RM9.3mil in the financial year (FY) ended March 31, 24% higher than the forecast profit of RM7.5mil.

Euro may remain volatile

LOCAL companies affected by the euro's two-year long appreciation and expecting a reprieve after the currency fell to a four-month low against the US dollar at US$1.1995 yesterday, could still see their hopes dashed.

Europe worried about ‘brutal’ currency moves

Europe is concerned about 'brutal' currency movements, said European Central Bank (ECB) chief Jean-Claude Trichet, but a meeting of the world's top central bankers here did not discuss the US dollar's rapid slide as a risk to global economic recovery.

Growing unease at ECB over euro strength

B>FRANKFURT:/BThe European Central Bank (ECB) is growing increasingly uneasy that the strength of the euro could undermine recovery and require an interest rate cut in the next few months, a senior ECB official has been quoted as saying.

EU urges caution on yuan float

European finance officials say any adjustments to China's fixed exchange rate should be handled with caution, rejecting US calls for an early free float of the yuan.

Global interest rate easing may be near end

The cost of money has fallen further around the world this week with the Bank of England and a trio of Asian central banks trimming interest rates to jump start a hesitant global economic recovery.

Schroeder presses European Central Bank on euro-dollar exchange rate

German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder suggested in an interview published Friday that the European Central Bank should do more to weaken the euro against the U.S. dollar, a call that followed the bank's decision to leave interest rates unchanged.

US and Japan factories gain from Europe’s pain

B>NEW YORK: /B>Factory activity in the United States and Japan improved in June while Europe's manufacturers suffered a deeper contraction, the latest surveys showed, underscoring how the euro's export-choking rise against major currencies has brought yet more pain to the euro zone economy.