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Business 14 Jan 2014 | 8:52 AM

Fitch rates Sime Darby Berhad at 'A"/Stable

JAN 13: Fitch Ratings has affirmed Malaysia-based conglomerate Sime Darby Berhad's (Sime Darby) Long-Term Foreign and Local Currency Issuer Default Ratings (IDR), and senior unsecured rating at 'A'. The Outlook is Stable. Fitch has also affirmed the rating on SIME's USD1.50bn sukuk issue at 'A'.

Business 10 Jan 2014 | 12:00 AM

World's biggest money manager cuts funds to M'sia because other regional markets lucrative

PETALING JAYA: BlackRock Inc, the world’s largest asset manager based in New York, is reducing shares in Malaysian companies because it is betting that stocks in other regional markets will rise at a faster pace this year.

Business 24 Jan 2014 | 12:00 AM

China eases rules on bad-loan writedown

SHANGHAI: China has issued revised rules to make it easier for banks to write off small loans, in the latest effort to help lenders deal with an expected rise in bad loans as the economy slows

Commodities 15 Jan 2014 | 6:45 AM

Fed considers new limits on banks in physical commodity trade

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON: The U.S. Federal Reserve on Tuesday took a first formal step toward restricting the role of Wall Street banks in physical commodities markets, seeking feedback on ways to limit the "catastrophic" risks of dealing with oil tanks or power plants.

Business 22 Jan 2014 | 8:14 AM

Asian shares hampered by Fed taper view

TOKYO: Asian share markets began in subdued fashion on Wednesday, hampered by expectations of further reductions in the U.S. Federal Reserve's stimulus and ahead of central bank meetings in Japan and Thailand.

Business 22 Jan 2014 | 12:09 PM

Emerging markets face tough year with no saviour

REUTERS: A 2014 crisis in developing nations, if it comes, will underline a critical weakness of emerging markets: they are a concept rather than a polity.

Property 15 Jan 2014 | 12:00 AM

Cautiously optimistic outlook with property developers in Iskandar expecting tough 2014

JOHOR BARU: The “feel-good” factor that was prevalent in 2012 and 2013 for the property market in Iskander Malaysia is unlikely to continue this year following property cooling measures introduced by the Government in the last quarter of last year.

Economy 10 Jan 2014 | 11:32 AM

Bernanke gives upbeat assessment of economy to US senators

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke on Thursday offered an optimistic view on the US economy's prospects to Democratic senators, but warned that "tough decisions" were ahead on dealing with long-term budget deficits and healthcare costs, according to lawmakers present.

Business 14 Jan 2014 | 1:08 PM

Asia forex: Baht at two-week high

SINGAPORE: The Thai baht hit a near two-week high on Tuesday as a lack of violence in anti-government protests and currency intervention prompted investors to cover short positions, while most other emerging Asian currencies fell amid weaker stocks.

Business 10 Jan 2014 | 11:25 AM

Alcoa chief says no plans for legal action against LME

NEW YORK:Alcoa Inc has no plans to follow Russian aluminum producer Rusal and launch legal action against the London Metal Exchange aimed at overturning reforms to its warehousing policy, Chairman and Chief Executive Klaus Kleinfeld said on Thursday.