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Asian stocks up last week

ASIAN stocks rose last week, driving up the benchmark index by the most this year, on optimism the US Federal Reserve will succeed in stoking growth in the world's biggest economy.


Boosting liquidity will take time

PETALING JAYA: The plan to improve the local stock market's scale and liquidity will not see immediate results as the Government's process of selling down its stakes in government-linked companies (GLCs) and attracting foreign investors to pick up local stocks will take time, according to fund managers and analysts.


Japan pension fund to invest in emerging market equities

TOKYO: Japan#8217;s public pension fund, the world#8217;s largest, has issued a tender to select fund managers for planned investments in emerging market equities, an official of the fund said yesterday.


Weigh plans to boost private pension funds

THE vast amount of retirement money pooled at the Employees Provident Fund (EPF) has always attracted a lot of attention. Not content with the 5% interest that can be obtained on a compounded basis, savers get convinced that they can make it grow further through various investment schemes.


Citi aims for top three spot

KUALA LUMPUR: Citi, which launched its stockbroking company CitiGroup Global Markets Malaysia Sdn Bhd (CGMM) yesterday, aims to be the third largest foreign broking company in the country in the next two years.


Can M'sian equity market sustain interest of foreign investors?

PETALING JAYA: There is a big question over how the local equity market can sustain the interest of foreign fund managers as the benchmark FBM KLCI has risen 18.06% since the May 26 low.


Fund manager finds plenty of virtue in sin stocks

BOSTON: So much for virtue. Sin is in. That's according to a mutual fund manager who's finding plenty of investment opportunities in companies profiting from vices like smoking, drinking and gambling.


Maxis up on MSCI weightage change

PETALING JAYA: Maxis Bhd, the country's largest mobile phone operator, was actively traded on news that MSCI Malaysia will change the weightage of Maxis, raising its free float weightage from 0.25 to 0.30. The change is effective Aug 31.


Australia’s QBE H1 forecast disappoints

SYDNEY: QBE Insurance, Australia's top insurer by premium, yesterday flagged a 40% fall in first-half net profit on equity losses and a lack of one-off gains, disappointing investors who knocked its shares down 6.5%.


Khazanah bid for Parkway may be the start of major foreign acquisitions

KUALA LUMPUR: Khazanah Nasional Bhd's US$835mil bid for Parkway may signal the start of more focused, major acquisitions abroad to help Malaysia Inc venture beyond its cosy home market.