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THE bad times will end. It is just a matter of when. It is hard to mark that date on our calendars as recent economic data keep presenting a mixture of horrific tales (of more challenges to come) and hopeful signs (that the worst is over and recovery could be sooner than expected).
Stock picking can be a mighty tricky task, and more so, when the markets arevolatile. But with expectations that equities may be oversold and a recoverymay be in the offing, it is hard to resist scouring for gems with the hope thatone can reap handsome gains upon a recovery. StarBizWeek offered fiveanalysts the chance to name their top two stock picks.
PETALING JAYA: Since the beginning of March this year, global equity markets have experienced what experts are still divided on whether to call a bear market rally or the start of a bull run.
PETALING JAYA: UMW Holdings Bhd is confident of securing a new contract for its jack-up drilling rig, Naga 2, to replace the US$170mil contract that was terminated by PCPP Operating Co Sdn Bhd recently, said president and chief executive officer Datuk Abdul Halim Harun.
PETALING JAYA:b/b>Analysts are cautious on the earnings growth potential of Petronas Gas Bhd (PetGas) going forward as the company negotiates a fourth gasb/b>processing transmission agreement (GPTA) with parent company Petroliam Nasional Bhd (Petronas), and as the group faces a weaker outlook in the natural gas sector amid higher operating costs.
PETALING JAYA: Trading volume on Bursa Malaysia yesterday fell to its second lowest level since March, amid waning interest from investors to chase up pricey stocks as the benchmark FTSE Bursa Malaysia KL Composite Index (FBM KLCI) heads into its fifth month of straight gains.