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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.
SINGAPORE'S economy grew 2.2% in 2002 but may not fully recover until 2004, Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong said yesterday, suggesting the city-state might have escaped recession in the 4th quarter.
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.