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Business 12 Mar 2013 | 12:00 AM

KLCI slips in volatile trade, Tenaga, Maybank down

Malaysia's blue chips edged lower at midday on Tuesday in volatile trade, mirroring the weaker regional markets, which saw the key FBM KLCI swinging from a high of 1,664 and low of 1,656

Business 12 Mar 2013 | 12:00 AM

If Fed tapers bond buying, is end in sight? Maybe not

SAN FRANCISCO: With the jobs market showing signs of healing, economists think they know what's next for monetary policy: the Federal Reserve will at some point taper its monthly bond purchases, and soon after, end them altogether. But perhaps they shouldn't be so sure.

Business 12 Mar 2013 | 12:00 AM

Malaysia-Market factors to watch on March 12(Tuesday)

KUALA LUMPUR: Following is a list of events in Malaysia as well as news company-related and market news whichcould have an influence on the local market.

Business 12 Mar 2013 | 12:00 AM

BoJ nominee vows swift economic action

TOKYO: The Japan government’s choice to lead the country’s central bank has promised to move quickly to implement fresh monetary stimulus to lift the struggling economy, a case underlined by a surprisingly sharp drop in a gauge of capital investment.

Business 12 Mar 2013 | 12:00 AM

HLFG, HL Bank lead gainers as KLCI climbs nearly 6 points

Hong Leong Financial Group (HLFG) and Hong Leong Bank led blue chips higher in early trade on Tuesday as trading sentiment was bolstered by the strong Wall Street performance and key regional markets.

Business 12 Mar 2013 | 12:00 AM

Cyprus sees tax increase as lesser of two evils

NICOSIA: Cyprus is inching towards hiking its corporate tax rate in an attempt to stave off IMF pressure for investors to take losses on bank deposits to pay for a bailout that would avert the sovereign default.

Business 12 Mar 2013 | 12:00 AM

Asian shares inch up on record Dow, yen slips

TOKYO: Asian shares inched higher on Tuesday, following Wall Street's record close overnight as growing confidence in the U.S. economy overrode concerns in the euro zone, while the yen slipped to fresh lows on speculation over imminent monetary easing.

Business 12 Mar 2013 | 12:00 AM

Japan January machinery orders plunge

TOKYO: Japan’s core machinery orders plunged in January from the previous month, falling for the first time in four months and suggesting companies are cautious on capital spending due to uncertainty over the economy’s outlook.

Business 12 Mar 2013 | 12:00 AM

Kremlin aide may run central bank

MOSCOW: Kremlin aide Elvira Nabiullina may take charge of Russia’s central bank, two sources close to the matter said, installing a technocrat willing to act on President Vladimir Putin’s call for monetary stimulus to boost growth.

Business 11 Mar 2013 | 12:00 AM

China says bank lending shrank in February

SHANGHAI: Chinese banks cut back lending in February from January, official data showed, due to a tightening of liquidity and fewer working days last month because of the Lunar New Year holiday.