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Sundaily (Asia) 10/20/2019 07:28
UNDERSTANDING. “volatility” can help you unlock many opportunities. At extreme levels, “volatility” brings great risk to all market participants. But try to remember, risk is related to reward. A manageable level of volatility helps people make money in the stock market. Greater and more frequent price movements create more opportunities for traders. Understanding how it works, and what instruments you can use can help make you a stronger investor. The “Mini” Mid 70. One of the key instruments you can wield is “futures”, a kind of derivative for hedging, trading and arbitraging. The Mini FTSE Bursa Malaysia Mid 70 Index Futures – the FM70 – is a “younger brother” of the FTSE Bursa Malaysia KLCI Futures (FKLI). While the FKLI provides exposure.
Sundaily (Asia) 10/20/2019 07:23
PETALING JAYA:. The newly launched National Transport Policy 2019-2030 (NTP) is expected to be a boon for the aviation sector, according to analysts. MIDF Research highlighted that the Malaysia Airport Holdings Bhd’s (MAHB) efforts such as the Joint International Tourism Development Programme with Tourism Malaysia will facilitate airlines in promoting Malaysia overseas. In addition, the policy paper also brought attention to the trend towards the development of secondary airports to cater to the booming low-cost travelling, as well as plans to restructure the regulatory bodies in the aviation sector. “This in turn would bode well for MAHB’s strategy to attract more airlines and increase connectivity which will moderate effects of the interna.
Sundaily (Asia) 10/20/2019 03:08
SEOUL: South Korea's finance minister said economic growth this year is expected to be around 2.0-2.1%, in line with projections by key international organisations but missing the ministry's target set in early July. "I think this year's economic growth will be around the level of forecasts seen by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)," Finance Minister Hong Nam-ki told reporters on Friday at a media briefing on the sidelines of G20 meeting in Washington. In its regular update on the global economic outlook released late on Tuesday, the International Monetary Fund slashed South Korea's 2019 and 2020 economic growth forecasts by 0.6 of a percentage point each to 2.0% and 2.2%,
Sundaily (Asia) 10/20/2019 03:06
KUALA LUMPUR: A major push for structural reform in an economy requires strong ownership by all stakeholders of the reform agenda as well as enhanced dialogue between the government with business and civil society, says the International Monetary Fund. The IMF said in its blog that while there has been broad agreement on the economic benefits of structural reforms, the political impact is less settled because it would only generate gains in the longer term while inflicting short-term pain on some sectors. It said those affected might be highly vocal and when this happens, politicians might hold back on reforms for fear they would be penalised at the ballot box. “Policymakers should factor in any harm reforms might have on income distributio.
Sundaily (Asia) 10/18/2019 23:24
KUALA LUMPUR : Bursa Malaysia is expected to trend higher next week, tracking the global equity momentum, amid a stronger Wall Street performance and possible Brexit deal. Phillip Capital Management senior vice-president (investment) Datuk Dr Nazri Khan Adam Khan said the sentiment was expected to remain positive following firmer Wall Street performance last week, on the back of robust US corporate earnings and as the broad market remained hopeful of a Brexit deal ahead of the month-end. He said China’s unexpected injection of US$28 billion (RM117.22) cash ahead of its growth data announcement had also helped to stimulate the market. Overall, he noted that growing concerns of a global economic slowdown and looming external uncertainties ari.
Sundaily (Asia) 10/18/2019 22:02
KUALA LUMPUR : The ringgit is expected to trade on a cautious note next week on continuous global trade uncertainties involving major world economies. An analyst said the United States (US)-China trade tensions has continued to dampen the global economy, and the extra tariffs imposed by the US on European Union goods had just added salt to the wound. “These ongoing uncertainties will further enhance the red flags on global economic growth as mentioned in the recent report by the International Monetary Fund (IMF),“ she told Bernama . She said the onset of recession fears and signs of economic slowdown were similar to the signs which preceded the financial crisis a decade ago, adding that the ringgit would need a strong local catalyst to push.
Sundaily (Asia) 10/18/2019 08:11
KUALA LUMPUR: The ringgit ended on a lower note today due to global uncertainties as well as declining oil prices. At 6pm, the local note was quoted at 4.1850/1880 against the greenback compared with yesterday’s close of 4.1780/1830. FXTM market analyst Han Tan said the new form of tariffs between the US and the European Union (EU) is a reminder that trade tensions are far from over. "Starting today, new US tariffs will officially be imposed on US$7.5 billion worth of European goods, the latest reminder to investors that the world economy’s outlook remains tilted to the downside.
Sundaily (Asia) 10/18/2019 08:01
KUALA LUMPUR: Bursa Malaysia ended the week lower, weighed down by selling in heavyweight stocks led by the plantation and telecommunications sectors. The local bourse was tracking the regional peers performance, taking the cue from China’s weakest growth for the third quarter, a dealer said. At 5pm, the benchmark FTSE Bursa Malaysia KLCI (FBM KLCI) slipped 3.35 points to 1,571.15 from Thursday’s close of 1,574.50. The index, which opened 1.78 points easier at 1,572.72, moved between 1,567.85 and 1,576.87 throughout the day. On the broader market, losers led gainers 432 to 401, with 398 counters unchanged, 772 untraded and 14 others suspended. Turnover rose to 2.95 billion shares worth RM2.22 billion from 2.33 billion shares worth RM1.88 bi.
Sundaily (Asia) 10/18/2019 07:41
PETALING JAYA : Econpile Holdings Bhd has been awarded a RM44 million contract for demolition, earthworks, piling and substructure works for the Tropicana Gardens mixed development. The Tropicana Gardens mixed development comprises a 42-storey commercial block housing 630 units of serviced apartments and 397 small office, flexible office (SoFo) units. The overall duration of the contract is estimated to be 16 months, and is expected to contribute positively to the group in the financial years ending June 30, 2020 till FY2021. This latest win comes on the heels of the RM20.8 million contract secured from Tropicana Metropark Sdn Bhd to undertake earthworks, soil nailing works, piling and pilecap and basement lowest floor slab works for the Tr.
Sundaily (Asia) 10/18/2019 07:22
PORT KLANG : Northport (Malaysia) Bhd and POIC Sabah Sdn Bhd have signed a strategic collaboration agreement (SCA) for the establishment of a sister port relationship with the aim of boosting trade links and increasing the cargo flow through their respective ports. The signing of the agreement sealed both parties’ commitment to cooperate in port management and facilitate trade between West Malaysia and East Malaysia as well as the neighboring region with special focus on the BIMP-EAGA (Brunei Indonesia Malaysia Philippines East Asean Growth Area) trade route. Under the agreement, both ports are expected to share their respective range of experience, capabilities, resources, knowledge and know-how in the fields of port management, container
Sundaily (Asia) 10/18/2019 06:23
WASHINGTON : The United States imposed tariffs on a record $7.5-billion worth of European Union goods on Friday, despite threats of retaliation, with Airbus, French wine and Scottish whiskies among the high-profile targets. The tariffs, which took effect just after midnight in Washington (0401 GMT), came after talks between European officials and US trade representatives failed to win a last-minute reprieve. The WTO-endorsed onslaught from US President Donald Trump also comes as Washington is mired in a trade war with China and could risk destabilising the global economy further. In the line of fire are civilian aircraft from Britain, France, Germany and Spain -- the countries that formed Airbus -- which will now cost 10 percent more when i.
Sundaily (Asia) 10/18/2019 06:10
NEW DELHI : Malaysian restaurant chain, Marrybrown Sdn Bhd is set to enter the European market with the opening of an outlet in Stockholm, Sweden in December. The 38-year-old fast food company is working on a number of projects to grow its overseas presence while continuing expansion in the domestic market. "We are opening outlets in Sweden and Nepal in December.
Sundaily (Asia) 10/18/2019 05:10
PETALING JAYA: Digi.com Bhd reported a 9.3% decline in net profit to RM356.05 million for its third quarter ended Sept 30, 2019 compared to RM392.54 million reported in the same period of the previous year, after accounting for a RM202 million depreciation cost and a RM26 million finance cost. Revenue slid 2.3% to RM1.56 billion from RM1.6 billion reported previously. It expects to continue to execute and deliver on its growth strategies, especially in driving postpaid, B2B and prepaid internet growth in the last quarter of the year. “We will continue to sharpen our focus on structural operational efficiencies, investing in what matters most for our customers and continuously drive value creation for our stakeholders,” Digi said. For its po.
Sundaily (Asia) 10/18/2019 05:03
PETALING JAYA: Digi.com Bhd reported a 9.3% decline in profits to RM356.05 million for its third quarter ended Sept 30, 2019 compared to RM392.54 million reported in the same period of the previous year, after accounting for a RM202 million depreciation cost and a RM26 million finance cost. Revenue slid 2.3% to RM1.56 billion from RM1.6 billion reported previously. According to the group’s Bursa disclosure, it expects to continue to execute and deliver on its growth strategies, especially in driving postpaid, B2B and prepaid internet growth in the last quarter of the year. “We will continue to sharpen our focus on structural operational efficiencies, investing in what matters most for our customers and continuously drive value creation for
Sundaily (Asia) 10/18/2019 04:57
PETALING JAYA : Vehicle sales in September 2019 increased 43% to 44,666 units from 31,240 units a year ago, according to the Malaysian Automotive Association (MAA). For the first nine months period, vehicle sales fell 3% to 442,991 units from 454,855 units in the previous year’s corresponding period. On a month-on-month basis, vehicle sales in September was 13% or 6,482 units lower than August 2019 due to a shorter working month, and people adopting a "wait-and-see" attitude ahead of the Budget 2020 announcement. Looking ahead, MAA expects vehicle sales for October to be better compared with September, due to a longer working month.
Sundaily (Asia) 10/18/2019 04:41
PETALING JAYA : Total vehicle sales increased 1.43 % on a year-on-year (y-o-y) basis, while production was up 1.22% y-o-y. In MAA’s statement, sales for the passenger vehicle segment rose 1.49% y-o-y in September, with 40,266 units sold. Commercial vehicle sales also increased 1.04% y-o-y, with 4,400 vehicles sold. On the production side, passenger vehicles increased 1.27% y-o-y in September, with 42,369 units produced. Commercial vehicle production fell 0.74% y-o-y with 2,732 units made. However, according to a statement by the Malaysian Automotive Association (MAA), the sales volume for passenger and commercial vehicles was 13%, or 6,482 units lower month-on-month in September, compared with August 2019. The MAA said the decline was due t.
Sundaily (Asia) 10/18/2019 04:27
PETALING JAYA : The sales volume for passenger and commercial vehicles was 13%, or 6,482 units lower month-on-month in September, compared with August 2019. According to a statement by the Malaysian Automotive Association (MAA), the decline was due to a shorter working month, and people adopting a ‘wait-and-see’ attitude ahead of the Budget 2020 announcement. However, on a year-on year (y-o-y) basis, total vehicle sales was 1.43% higher, while production was up 1.22% y-o-y. In MAA’s statement, sales for the passenger vehicle segment rose 1.49% y-o-y in September, with 40,266 units sold.
Sundaily (Asia) 10/18/2019 03:40
KUALA LUMPUR : The government needs to look into providing incentives and exemptions for local players in the online and digital sectors to create a more competitive and conducive business environment. AIMS Data Centre Sdn Bhd (AIMS) chief executive officer Chiew Kok Hin said while the 2020 Budget has indicated a promising outlook for advancing digital infrastructure and there is still room for Malaysia to grow into a more sustainable and prosperous digital nation. He said the government is building the right foundation for a digital Malaysia following its recent announcement towards implementing the National Fiberisation and Connectivity Plan (NFCP) and promoting more digital application pilot projects utilising fibre optics and 5G infrast.
Sundaily (Asia) 10/18/2019 03:34
SEOUL : Oil prices slid on Friday on jitters over demand from China after the world’s largest oil importer recorded its weakest quarter of economic growth in nearly three decades, dragged down by a trade dispute with the United States. Global benchmark Brent crude oil futures fell by 21 cents, 0.4%, to $59.70 a barrel by 0646 GMT. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures edged down by 4 cents, or 0.1%, to $53.89 per barrel. In the third quarter, China’s gross domestic product (GDP) growth slowed to 6% year-on-year, its weakest pace in 27-1/2 years and below expectations, dogged by soft factory production amid ongoing trade tensions with United States and sluggish domestic demand. “The (China) GDP print has weighed on short-term sent.
Sundaily (Asia) 10/18/2019 03:30
SINGAPORE : Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd has shelved plans for its first U.S. dollar debt deal in 23 years, the airline said on Friday, after sources told Reuters that global investors had baulked at the pricing due to civil unrest in Hong Kong. The airline, the biggest corporate casualty of widespread anti-government protests in the Asian financial hub, on Friday lowered its second-half profit expectations, citing “incredibly challenging” conditions in its home market. Cathay had started meeting investors in Hong Kong and Singapore on Sept. 24 after it mandated four banks to explore carrying out a U.S. dollar denominated bond, according to a term sheet issued at the time, seen by Reuters. It would have been the first U.S. dollar debt deal fo.

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