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Global markets to be driven by geopolitics in short term

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.

M’sia strongly tipped for rating upgrade

MALAYSIA is a strong candidate for rating upgrades, and 2003 could be a year when the country regains its A rating, said JP Morgan head of Asia sovereign research, David G. Fernandez.

Go for divided strategy advice

As in life, a balanced approach is often the best strategy in investing. That's what strategists are advising Asian investors trapped between the risk of falling markets and the fear of missing out on a relief rally after the imminent Gulf war.

Investors caught between SARS risk and opportunity

B>HONG KONG:/BAsian investor sentiment has soured with the spread of the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) virus, sending portfolio managers scurrying to cash despite cheap stocks across the region.

Make peace with free float shortfall

IT has been three years since index constructor Morgan Stanley Capital International (MSCI) announced that it would adjust its equity indices so as to take into account free float levels. Back then, there was some hand wringing among our stock market players over the possibility of Malaysia suffering an exodus of foreign funds.a href=http://biz.thestar.com.my/bizweek/>LI>B>For the full Bizweek reports click here/B>/a>

Analysts consider re-rating Resorts

RESORTS World Bhd share price has surged more than 28% or RM2.15 from its recent low of RM7.55 posted in April when many were dumping the shares amid worries over the impact of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) outbreak on the company#039;s earnings.

Foreign business news in brief

News in brief on: 'SK Corp signs LNG pact with BP', 'MSCI adds 7 firms to global indices' and 'Vodafone nears deal on Japan unit'.

Nikkei closes above 10,000 points as Asian markets rally

ASIAN stocks rallied, with Japan's Nikkei 225 Stock Average closing above 10,000 for the first time in a year. Exporters such as Tokyo Electron Ltd and Hyundai Motor Co led gains after a US factory production report signalled a rebound in the world's biggest economy.

Astro included in MSCI Index

MORGAN Stanley Capital International (MSCI) yesterday announced the inclusion of Astro All Asia Network plc into its MSCI Standard indices effective Nov 12.