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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.

Minority shareholders block Henderson unit buyout

Shareholders of Henderson Investment Ltd yesterday rejected a US$704mil plan by parent Henderson Land Development Ltd to take it private, killing the deal in a rare victory for Hong Kong shareholder activists.

Fighting the Bears

Will it hurt to look at the stock market in 2003? What are the stocks worth putting your money in?

How high can it go?

ASK around.It is a foregone conclusion that the local stock market is currently not too far off its lowest ebb. The mostpertinent question is how high can the Kuala Lumpur Composite Index (CI)go in 2003?

Interest-rate futures to remain in consolidation trading

MDEX Interest-rate futures. A weekly column by G.M. Teoh.

ST Engineering 2002 net profit down 3%

Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd, South-East Asia#146;s largest defence contractor, posted yesterday its first drop in annual profit since 1997 on weakness in its aerospace and marine divisions, and warned of similar earnings next year.

2003 uptrend for Islamic bonds

AS the equity markets continue to take a beating in the uncertain global geopolitical climate, economists are more bullish on the growth prospects of the bond markets, particularly Islamic private debt securities (PDS), this year.

Underlying strength has turned bullish

MDEX Interest-rate futures. A weekly column by G.M. Teoh.

Elite seen returning to profit in current year

UNITED Engineers (M) Bhd (UEM) expects its wholly-owned subsidiary Expressway Lingkaran Tengah Sdn Bhd (Elite) to return to profitability in the current financial year ending Dec 31, UEM managing director Abdul Wahid Omar said.

US dollar drops further

WAR fears and uncertainties over the health of the US economy continued to apply downward pressure on the US dollar, sending it to a three-year low against the euro and a four-month low against the yen yesterday.