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The first part yesterday of the roundtable discussions dwelt on the KLSE#8217;s lacklustre performance for 2002, and the factors contributing to its weakness. The concluding part talks about the market#8217;s probable outlook for this year, given the looming prospect of war in Iraq.
THE last trading day of 2002 saw the KLSE Composite Index (CI) closing not with a bang, but with a whimper. The much anticipated last minute window-dressing activities failed to make an impact. Instead heavyweight Maybank #150; a key component stock of the CI #150; lost 45 sen, dragging the market down.
THE KLSE got off to a rocky start in the first trading day of the year as window-dressing activities that had lent support to the market in recent weeks apparently disappeared. The Composite Index (CI ) skidded nearly 14 points or 2.15% to 632.4 yesterday, as investors sold down their holdings, on heightened fears of war between the US and Iraq.
Apart from the large investments abroad that have made headline news such as the acquisition of Unilever group assets by IOI Corp Bhd and Wessex Water by YTL Power International Bhd, there were also many companies with smaller market capitalisation which crossed the border last year.