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Banking 31 Dec 2018 | 8:07 AM

Net financing up slightly in November, says BNM

KUALA LUMPUR: Net financing growth increased slightly to 7.3 per cent in November (October: 7.1 per cent) due mainly to higher growth in outstanding banking system loans of 6.2 per cent (October: 6.0 per cent), said Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM).

Markets 31 Dec 2018 | 5:51 AM

All the blows that wiped US$5 trillion from Asia stocks this year

HONG KONG: For Asian equities, 2018 was a tale of two halves, with record rallies and volume surges giving way to turbulence that’s wiped out $5.2 trillion in market value.

Economy 31 Dec 2018 | 5:47 AM

China factory activity shrinks for first time in over 2 years, 2019 looks tougher

BEIJING: China’s factory activity contracted in December for the first time in over two years, highlighting the struggles facing Beijing as it seeks to end a bruising trade war with Washington and reduce the risk of a sharper economic slowdown in 2019.

Forex 31 Dec 2018 | 3:24 AM

Japanese yen may rally further in 2019

NEW YORK: The Japanese yen is set to end the year as the biggest winner against the U.S. dollar among major currencies, after benefiting as investors sought out safety amid 2018’s uncertainties.

Markets 31 Dec 2018 | 2:06 AM

Oil prices rise, but set for first annual decline in three years

SINGAPORE: Oil prices edged higher on the last trading day of the year on Monday, taking a cue from firmer stock markets, but remain on track for the first yearly decline in three years amid concerns of a supply glut.

Commodities 31 Dec 2018 | 1:42 AM

Gold barrels into 2019 as growth concerns spur demand for haven

SINGAPORE: Gold is closing out 2018 on a strong note, with haven demand in the ascendant amid volatile trading in global equities, rising concern about the economic outlook and a drawn-out government shutdown in the US.

Analyst Reports 31 Dec 2018 | 1:08 AM

Kenanga maintains market perform on Scientex, TP of RM8.50

KUALA LUMPUR: Scientex Bhd's 1Q19 core earnings of RM52.7mil came in broadly within expectations, said Kenanga research.

Markets 31 Dec 2018 | 1:03 AM

Asia stocks cheer Sino-US trade talk, still see red for the year

SYDNEY: Asian stocks crept higher on Monday as hints of progress on the Sino-U.S. trade standoff provided a rare glint of optimism in what has been a disappointing year for equities in the region.

Analyst Reports 31 Dec 2018 | 12:52 AM

AmInvest Research downgrades building materials to underweight

KUALA LUMPUR: AmInvestment Research has downgraded the building materials sector recommendation to underweight from neutral.

Economy 31 Dec 2018 | 12:05 AM Premium

Trade and yuan cloud outlook for Chinese markets

After a rough year, Chinese stocks likely to face more volatility in 2019 as some investors voice optimism