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Top foreign and local stories at 4pm

Top foreign and local stories at 4pm

Airbus Q1 profit slides on weak pricing, higher costs

PARIS: Europe's Airbus on Thursday posted a steeper than expected 52% drop in first-quarter profit, weighed by weaker prices as it changes to new models and higher production costs, but reaffirmed targets for higher profits for the year.

Trading volume on Bursa at 1 billion shares in first hour

KUALA LUMPUR: Blue chips traded lower early Tuesday, dragged down by losses in heavyweight Sime Darby but the broader market was mixed with volume nearly one billion shares in one hour as traders chased penny stocks and lower liners linked to technology and oil and gas related counters.

Continued capital outflow from China to constrain monetary policy, says Moody's

HONG KONG: Moody's Investors Service says that the likely persistence of capital outflows from China (Aa3 negative) over the rest of this year could constrain monetary policy and may lead to a more activist fiscal policy, if the government's growth target is to be achieved.

Barclays gets surprise core capital boost as profit climbs

LONDON: Barclays reported a surprise increase in its core capital ratio on Thursday, as the bank took advantage of its rising profits to put money aside for expected demands on its cash from legal issues and worsening global market conditions.

January palm oil stocks down 7.55% to 1.54m tonnes

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia's total palm oil stocks in January 2017 slipped 7.55% to 1.54 million tonnes against 1.67 million tonnes in December last year.

Sime seen unlocking value via restructuring plan

PETALING JAYA: The move by one of Malaysia’s largest property developer Sime Darby Bhd to create three stand-alone businesses will help the group unlock the value through better appreciation of its individual business units.

CIMB Research retains Add for Sime Darby, higher target price

KUALA LUMPUR: CIMB Equities Research keeps Sime Darby on its Add list with a higher sum-of-parts target price of RM9.80 due to its plans to unlock value and its better earnings prospects in view of higher crude palm oil (CPO) and coal prices in the future quarters.

Recognised and honoured

SOBA 2016 recognises outstanding achievements of SMEs amidst the current challenging economic times.

Brexit worries push gold to highest in over 7 weeks

BENGALURU: Gold prices hit their highest in more than seven weeks on Tuesday, boosted by safe-haven buying ahead of a speech in which British Prime Minister Theresa May is expected to discuss plans for a "hard Brexit".