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Sundaily (Asia) 11/15/2019 06:07
KUALA LUMPUR: The ringgit ended higher against the US dollar as investors reacted positively to the third-quarter (Q3) gross domestic product (GDP) print, which came within market expectations. At 6pm, the ringgit was better at 4.1515/1545 against the greenback from Thursday’s close of 4.1560/1590. FXTM market analyst Han Tan said the local unit remains Asia’s best performer this month. “The ringgit was relatively unperturbed by Malaysia’s Q3 GDP print as the data was in-line with market expectations. “The economic slowdown in Malaysia is in keeping with the global trend, although a formalised but limited US-China trade agreement should improve the outlook for Asian economies,“ he told Bernama. Overall, the ringgit traded within the 4.14-4.
Sundaily (Asia) 11/15/2019 06:04
KUALA LUMPUR: Bursa Malaysia ended the trading day on a positive note after Bank Negara reported a better-than-expected 4.4% economic growth in the third quarter (Q3) -- a touch higher than the market expectation of 4.2%. At 5 pm, the benchmark FTSE Bursa Malaysia KLCI (FBM KLCI) added 1.2 points to 1,594.75 from 1,593.55 recorded at yesterday’s close. The barometer index opened 0.24 of-a-point better at 1,593.79 and hovered between 1,592.22 and 1,596.85 throughout the day. However, market breadth was negative as losers beat gainers 423 to 382, with 454 counters unchanged, 742 untraded and 19 others suspended. Volume narrowed to 2.67 billion shares worth RM1.69 billion from 2.20 billion shares worth RM1.68 billion yesterday. The gross domes.
Sundaily (Asia) 11/15/2019 05:47
PETALING JAYA: Sunway Construction Group Bhd’s (SunCon) wholly-owned subsidiary Sunway Construction Sdn Bhd (SCSB) and Prasarana Malaysia Bhd have been served a writ of summon and a statement of claim by property developer PNSB Acmar Sdn Bhd for over RM711.37 million in damages due to the LRT3 project. “PNSB is claiming that all the construction works in relation to the LRT3 project from Bandar Utama to Johan Setia and the structures such as the project’s poles, bars, and LRT stations had trespassed and/or encroached into its own development project area and has resulted in losses and damages towards PNSB,” SunCon said in a stock exchange filing. Prasarana is the owner of the project and SCSB is the awarded works package contractor. PNSB is.
Sundaily (Asia) 11/15/2019 05:29
KUALA LUMPUR : Dayang Enterprise Holdings Bhd (DEHB) has completed its issuance of RM682.5 million in nominal value of Sukuk Murabahah in two tranches. “Tranche 1 Sukuk Murabahah of RM455.0 million is secured by a list of specified securities while Tranche 2 Sukuk Murabahah of RM227.5 million is unsecured but is guaranteed by Danajamin Nasional Bhd,” it said in a filing with Bursa Malaysia today. DEHB said the proceeds shall be utilised to part finance the settlement sum, including the principal and profit/interest amounts due for certain specified financing facilities of DEHB and its group of companies. Maybank Investment Bank Bhd and United Overseas Bank (M) Bhd are the joint principal advisers, joint lead arrangers and joint lead manager.
Sundaily (Asia) 11/15/2019 05:20
KUALA LUMPUR : Malaysia’s economic growth is forecast to ease slightly to 4.5 per cent in 2020 from the 4.6 per cent expected this year, said RAM Ratings today. It said the country’s economic resilience will rely heavily on domestic drivers in 2020 against the backdrop of a continually challenging external demand landscape. The current ebbing of global growth momentum shows little sign of being arrested anytime soon as forward-looking external cyclical indicators remained weak and the world economy still faced the risks of rising trade protectionism as well as uncertain trade policy direction. The rating agency added that more emphasis on domestic demand-driven expansion, both monetary and fiscal policies will play an integral role as a buf.
Sundaily (Asia) 11/15/2019 05:12
KUALA LUMPUR : Bernama Radio has changed its name to Stesen Berita Bisnes Anda with effect from Oct 1, 2019. The radio station which formerly broadcasts domestic, regional and world news including live field sports, traffic, weather and stock market reports and talk shows in Malay, is now a dedicated Malay language business radio station. Stesen Berita Bisnes Anda will broadcast the latest business news including talks and discussions centred on entrepreneurial and business development. Successful entrepreneurs will share their experience in overcoming the challenges they face in building up their businesses. These broadcasts are targeted at the business community with a special focus on entrepreneurs in small and medium-sized industries. I.
Sundaily (Asia) 11/15/2019 04:00
PETALING JAYA: Australian-listed VIP Gloves Ltd is exploring the possibility of a dual listing in Malaysia or Hong Kong with the emergence of a new shareholder, Hong Kong’s Silver Max Asia Pacific Labuan Ltd, earlier this week. VIP Gloves founder Chen Wee Min said the investment from Silver Max has placed it in a healthy cashflow position to fund its plans for growth. “We are delighted to work with our new strategic partner to shape an exciting future of the group,” he said in a statement. Chen said VIP Gloves is increasing its production capacity to 90 million pieces of gloves per month, from the current capacity of 56 million pieces of gloves per month, with all of its products manufactured on original equipment manufacturer (OEM) basis.
Sundaily (Asia) 11/15/2019 02:30
KUALA LUMPUR: Alibaba Group Holding Ltd has launched its Hong Kong public offering, which forms part of the global offering of 500 million new ordinary shares and listing of its ordinary shares on the Main Board of The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Ltd. The listing in Hong Kong will allow more of the company’s users and stakeholders in the Alibaba digital economy across Asia to invest and participate in the e-commerce giant’s growth. “In addition to expanding the company’s overall investor base, the offering will tap into substantial new capital pools in Asia and create a nearly round-the-clock market for global investors to trade Alibaba shares,” it said in a statement today. Alibaba Group chairman and chief executive officer Daniel Zhang sa.
Sundaily (Asia) 11/15/2019 01:28
PETALING JAYA : GDB Holdings Bhd has secured a RM67.9 million construction contract as it has been appointed as the main contractor for Hap Seng Star Mercedes-Benz Autohaus in Setia Alam, Selangor. The contract entails the construction of a 3S (sales, service and spare parts) Autohaus, comprising a seven-story block, which consists of a ground floor and six storeys with two mezzanine floors and a rooftop.
Sundaily (Asia) 11/15/2019 00:59
PETALING JAYA : An overwhelming majority of working professionals across Asia, including Malaysia, considered a workplace culture that encouraged and rewarded diverse opinions as the most crucial element in retaining top talent, according to the latest Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) report by recruitment firm Hays. About 86% of respondents in Malaysia believed building a positive workplace culture that encourages respect and regard for diversity of opinion has a positive effect on talent retention; but only 65% said their organisations already practiced this – the lowest number in Asia after Japan. In terms of leadership, 72% said their leadership team was diverse, and 80% considered a diverse leadership team to have a positive impact on the r.
Sundaily (Asia) 11/14/2019 23:50
KUALA LUMPUR: The recent decision by the central bank to revise the statutory reserve requirement (SRR) for banks is not a precursor to another potential cut in the Overnight Policy Rate (OPR), said Bank Negara Malaysia governor Datuk Nor Shamsiah Mohd Yunus ( pix ). Speaking to the media at the third quarter GDP briefing this morning, she said the OPR would always be monitored by the Monetary Policy Committee. "We are not on any preset course.
Sundaily (Asia) 11/14/2019 23:07
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s economic growth slowed to 4.4% in the third quarter (Q3) of the year, from the 4.9% registered in Q2. Speaking at a media briefing this morning, Bank Negara Malaysia governor Datuk Nor Shamsiah Mohd Yunus said growth remained anchored by continued expandion in private sector spending. “This was mostly due to a lower growth in key sectors and a decline in the mining and construction activities,“ Department of Statistics Malaysia chief statistician Datuk Seri Mohd Uzir Mahidin explained. Nor Shamsiah noted however, that over the first nine months of the year, the economy had registered an overall growth of 4.6%. In addressing a question of the ability of the economy to meet the government’s headline GDP projection of
Sundaily (Asia) 11/14/2019 22:14
TOKYO: Oil prices posted early gains as OPEC's outlook for oil demand next year fuelled hopes that the producer group and its associates will keep a lid on supply when they meet to discuss policy on output next month. Optimism that the United States and China could soon sign an agreement to end their trade war also seeped into the market after White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said a deal was "getting close", citing what he called very constructive discussions with Beijing. Brent crude futures were up 30 cents, or 0.5%, at $62.58 a barrel by 0147 GMT, having dropped 9 cents on Thursday. West Texas Intermediate crude was up 29 cents, or 0.5%, at $57.06 a barrel, after falling 0.6% in the previous session. The rosy mood came after the.
Sundaily (Asia) 11/14/2019 22:11
WASHINGTON: The United States and China are getting close to a trade agreement, White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said on Thursday, citing what he called very constructive talks with Beijing about ending a 16-month trade war. Kudlow said negotiators for the world's two largest economies were in close touch via telephone but he gave no further details on the timing of a possible deal. "We're getting close," he told an event at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington.
Sundaily (Asia) 11/14/2019 22:03
BRUSSELS: The European Union's investment arm said Thursday it will stop funding fossil fuel projects from 2022 as part of a new strategy aimed at fighting climate change, in a decision environmental campaigners hailed as a "significant victory". The European Investment Bank, the world's largest multilateral lender, had been criticised by climate groups for funding gas projects that potentially threatened the EU's commitment to the Paris climate goals. But despite gas proving a potential sticking point, the EIB's board of directors -- which is composed of representatives of members states and the European Commission -- approved the new energy policy on Thursday. "We will stop financing fossil fuels, and we will launch the most ambitious cli.
Sundaily (Asia) 11/14/2019 21:05
KUALA LUMPUR: The ringgit rebounded at the opening today on technical correction ahead of the third-quarter gross domestic product (GDP) announcement. At 9am, the ringgit was quoted at 4.1470/1500 versus the US dollar against 4.1560/1590 on Thursday. Axi Trader Asia-Pacific market strategist Stephen Innes said traders would now look to Malaysia GDP print for monetary policy clues. “But with the market singular focused on the trade talks, the GDP print may need to blow out the expectation to get a significant rise from the ringgit bulls,” he said in a statement today. The local note was mixed against other major currencies. The ringgit increased against the Singapore dollar to 3.0468/0501 from Thursday’s close of 3.0492/0532 and appreciated
Sundaily (Asia) 11/14/2019 21:03
KUALA LUMPUR: Shares on Bursa Malaysia were mixed on Friday, amid the subdued key regional indices following a series of downbeat economic data and uncertainties surrounding the ongoing US-China trade war. At 9am, the benchmark FTSE Bursa Malaysia KLCI (FBM KLCI) gained 1.39 points to 1,594.94 from the 1,593.55 recorded at Thursday’s close. At the opening bell, the barometer index inched up 0.24 of-a-point to 1,593.79. Market breadth was however negative with losers beat gainers 119 to 117, with 215 counters unchanged, 1,550 untraded and 19 others suspended. Turnover amounted to 81.23 million shares worth RM28.65 million. In its note today, Malacca Securities Sdn Bhd said the FBM KLCI appeared to be in a consolidation mode from its overboug.
Sundaily (Asia) 11/14/2019 07:09
PETALING JAYA:. British American Tobacco (Malaysia) Bhd’s (BAT) wholly-owned subsidiary Commercial Mar-keters and Distributors Sdn Bhd (CMD) has filed an application for judicial review against the revocation decision by the Health Ministry (MoH) to recatogerise Dunhill HTL-cigarillo as a cigarette and to revoke its approval for sale as a non-cigarette tobacco product. With the revocation, the product is required to comply with the restrictions applicable to cigarettes under the Control of Tobacco Product Regulations 2004. BAT managing director Erik Stoel said the unexpected “u-turn” decision made by MoH without prior notice highlighted the challenging and unreasonable parameters imposed on a legal tobacco company to operate in this country.
Sundaily (Asia) 11/14/2019 05:52
KUALA LUMPUR : The ringgit ended lower against the US dollar for the second straight day as uncertainty surrounding the ongoing United States and China trade war continued to dominate market sentiment. At 6pm, the ringgit eased to 4.1560/1590 against the greenback from Wednesday’s close of 4.1520/1550. AxiTrade chief Asia market strategist Stephen Innes said the ringgit had weakened further due to the lack of positive trade news headlines involving US President Donald Trump yesterday, which initially turned risk sentiment sour as the outlook for a US-China trade deal worsened. In addition, investors also reacted negatively to the weaker-than-expected Chinese industrial production data for October, with output growing 4.7% year-on-year. “I e.

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