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No. of Articles : 72
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72 - Market Comms

Market Stands High Despite Internal Worries And Uncertainty Overseas

The FBM KLCI marched to another new historic high of 1,716.47 on 12 April following a narrow amplitude adjustment. It floated above the resistance level of 1,680 at the back of uncertain market sentiments. Foreign funds continued to give support to the local market ahead of the general elections.

  • 23 April 2013
  • Malaysia Market Commentary
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    Editorial Desk

    By the time you read this magazine, it is possible that the 13th General Elections would have been over.

  • 22 April 2013
  • Malaysia Editorial Desk
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    71 - Market Comms (FINAL)

    Strong Market Sentiments Led By Positive News Abroad

    The FBM KLCI rebounded early this month from a 1620 point level to hit 1650 points, pushed up by strong sentiments on the global equity market. According to a report by MIDF Research, foreign investors bought RM 5.7 billion worth of local equities so far this year compared with RM 13.7 billion for the whole of 2012.

  • 19 March 2013
  • Malaysia Market Commentary
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    Headliners (MAS, Digistar, Bumi Armada, Apex Healthcare)

    Malaysia Airlines has signed a purchase agreement with Avions de Transport Regional for 36 ATR 72-600s valued at over US$840 million (RM2.6 billion).

  • 27 February 2013
  • Malaysia Headliners
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    Editorial Desk

    The property sector has often been used as the indicator of the state of a country’s economy. A case in point is the sub-prime crisis that led to one of the worst banking and economic crisis in the US and later Europe and Asia.

  • 25 February 2013
  • Malaysia Editorial Desk
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    Headliners (M’sia Airports Hldgs, Hong Leong Financial Group, Scomi Engineering, Tenaga Nasional)

    Malaysia Airports Holdings and YTL Corporation are putting together a firm 80:20 equity structure to bid for UK’s Stansted Airport valued at around one billion pounds.

  • 23 January 2013
  • Malaysia Headliners
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    Editorial Desk

    February is an auspicious month for the Chinese population all over the world, as they celebrate the Chinese New Year or more globally known as the Lunar New Year.

  • 21 January 2013
  • Malaysia Editorial Desk
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    2013 Market Outlook And Stock Picks: Experts’ Favourites

    Join us as we uncover what market watchers think about investing in the equity market this year and which counters are on their radar.

  • 04 January 2013
  • Perspective
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    Editorial Desk

    It’s the beginning of a New Year and to commemorate the start of a new calendar year, we are offering our readers some interesting new feature stories and special focuses each month.

  • 17 December 2012
  • Malaysia Editorial Desk
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    Olam Versus Muddy Waters; Unfolding The Drama

    In what is evolving to be the worst crisis in the company’s 23-year existence, Olam International has been defending itself against the raft of allegations that were made by Carson Block, director of research at Muddy Waters.

  • 07 December 2012
  • In the Spotlight
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    Headliners(Redtone Int’l, CIMB Group Hldgs, Fraser & Neave Hldgs)

    Petroliam Nasional (PETRONAS) is planning to appoint more independent directors to Progress Energy Resources’ board in order to win Canadian approval for its takeover.

  • 21 November 2012
  • Malaysia Headliners
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    Editorial Desk

    This issues talks about the recently concluded elections and the upcoming fiscal cliff scenario in the US. A look at Proton’s workings with Honda and iCapital.Biz’ recent developments.

  • 19 November 2012
  • Malaysia Editorial Desk
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    Editorial Desk

    In our last issue, we predicted prior to the announcement of Budget 2013, that it was going to be filled with goodies.

  • 22 October 2012
  • Malaysia Editorial Desk
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    SI Portfolio Extends Lead Over STI By Largest Margin

    A double-digit surplus – 10.5 percentage points – in core returns! That was how much our Shares Investment portfolio outmaneuvered when decked against the Straits Times Index (STI), marking our biggest lead since inception.

  • 15 October 2012
  • Perspective
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    QE3 Fever Fizzles; Growth Woes Back In Spotlight

    After a rally fuelled by optimism over central bank stimulus measures, the boost from the Fed’s US$40b asset-buying plan weakened after Philly Fed President Charles Plosser questioned the effectiveness of the latest QE3 and markets slipped back into the red in the second week of the fortnight.

  • 28 September 2012
  • Singapore Market Commentary
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    Market Double Dipped Amidst Slower Global Growth

    21 September 2012 – The Kuala Lumpur Composite Index set a new record closing of 1,654.11 earlier on September before taking a sharp plunge, falling below the crucial psychological 1,650 point level.

  • 28 September 2012
  • Malaysia Market Commentary
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    Editorial Desk

    By the time you read this magazine, Budget 2013 would have been announced.

  • 26 September 2012
  • Malaysia Editorial Desk
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    Finally, QE3! But How Long Will This Rally Last?

    So, Professor Chan’s much sought after, Quantitative Easing Part III is here!

  • 14 September 2012
  • Singapore Market Commentary
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    Is This The Calm Before The Storm?

    Quiescent – that summed up the local equities market showing for the month of August.

  • 31 August 2012
  • Singapore Market Commentary
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    Upward Trend Persists Setting New Record Highs

    The FBM Kuala Lumpur Composite Index gradually rose at the start of the month before taking a sharp plunge, dragged by losses at index-linked plantation counters and selected blue chip stocks.

  • 24 August 2012
  • Malaysia Market Commentary
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    Editorial Desk

    The U.S. Commerce Department reported Thursday that sales of new single-family homes in the U.S. climbed to an annual rate of 372,000 in July from 359,000 in June while sales in June were revised up from an original reading of 350,000.

  • 24 August 2012
  • Malaysia Editorial Desk
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    What To Expect After The Earnings Season?

    Investors were largely on the sidelines as cautious sentiments remained the flavour of the month, despite some sessions of gains in the markets over the fortnight driven by firmer US economic data and expectations of some form of quantitative easing by central banks.

  • 21 August 2012
  • Singapore Market Commentary
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    What To Expect After The Earnings Season?

    Investors were largely on the sidelines as cautious sentiments remained the flavour of the month, despite some sessions of gains in the markets over the fortnight driven by firmer US economic data and expectations of some form of quantitative easing by central banks.

  • 17 August 2012
  • Singapore Market Commentary
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    August – The Harbinger Of Economic Recovery Or Further Gloom?

    Hopes have been building towards a global economic recovery in the third quarter of the year as many analysts had viewed the second quarter as the bottoming of indices.

  • 03 August 2012
  • Singapore Market Commentary
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    Estimate-beating Results Deflect Economic Headwinds To Set New Highs

    With earnings reporting well underway in the Western Hemisphere, stock markets around the world were bestowed with new lease of life as estimate-beating results deflected economic headwinds that had suffocated stock performance over the past few months.

  • 25 July 2012
  • Malaysia Market Commentary
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    Editorial Desk

    Federal Reserve chief Ben Bernanke disappointed global stock markets by not delivering promises of further quantitative easing despite warning that the US economy has slowed significantly.

  • 24 July 2012
  • Malaysia Editorial Desk
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    STI Clears 3,000; Rally To Test Next Resistance?

    Traders were quick to realign their focus on upbeat US corporate earnings and buoyant home builders’ sentiment after Ben Bernanke offered no hint of QE III.

  • 24 July 2012
  • Singapore Market Commentary
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    Gold Bubble: Profiting From Gold’s Impending Collapse

    With gold prices up over 2,500 percent since 1970, and more than 600 percent since 1999, a bubble has formed and will collapse very soon, hurting investors, funds, universities, and central banks.

  • 23 July 2012
  • Book Parade
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    Euro Woes Spell Rocky Road Ahead

    “Trying to time the markets has proved impossible this year,” said CIMB.

  • 06 July 2012
  • Singapore Market Commentary
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    Euro Theatrics Shift Focus As Markets Look On With Unease

    Antonis Samaras, the newly minted Greek Prime Minister put an end to that odd sense of deja vu after Greece’s election results were released on 18 June 2012.

  • 29 June 2012
  • Singapore Market Commentary
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    Bailout Euphoria Fizzles, Mega-IPO Excitement Continues

    Spain, the fourth largest economy in the Eurozone, was the latest to fall since the start of the region’s debt crisis more than two years ago. Despite repeated refutations on an inevitable bailout, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy abandoned his bid to recapitalise the Spanish banks without external help.

  • 27 June 2012
  • Malaysia Market Commentary
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    Betting On China: Chinese Stocks, American Stock Markets, And The Wagers On A New Dynamic In Global Capitalism

    The phrase “Made in China” is ubiquitous, and China’s status as a consumer of everything from natural resources to advanced technology is well established, but how did it get there?

  • 22 June 2012
  • Book Parade
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    Editorial Desk

    Growing concerns over Europe’s debt crisis forced policy makers across the globe to step up efforts to combat a deepening economic slowdown.

  • 19 June 2012
  • Malaysia Editorial Desk
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    Economic Warfare: Secrets Of Wealth Creation In The Age Of Welfare Politics

    The abject failure of government policymakers leading up to and following the 2008 financial crisis has created a perilous environment for entrepreneurs and investors. Ziad Abdelnour, a private equity specialist and noted investment analyst, argues that the political/financial elites have done nothing to fix the structural problems and have instead worsened the situation by creating more market bubbles and waging a war on the most productive members of society.

  • 30 March 2012
  • Book Parade
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    Editorial Desk

    On the back of better-than-estimated economic data and expectations that Europe would tame its crisis, Wall Street capped its best start to a year since 1991. Nevertheless, investors are concerned that the rally has outpaced the global economic growth prospects, causing recent global stock markets to move sideways.

  • 22 March 2012
  • Malaysia Editorial Desk
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    Investor’s Corner (SKP Resources, CBSA, Bina Puri Holdings)

    The outsourcing trend by MNCs creates opportunities for players such as SKP to be their suppliers. We expect SKP to continue seeing good growth momentum. SKP has a strong balance sheet backed by net cash of RM57m as at FY11.

  • 20 March 2012
  • Malaysia Investors' Corner
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    Private Equity in China: Challenges and Opportunities

    China’s rapid growth, expanding openness, and developing consumer market have made the region a hotbed of opportunity – and risk – for today’s multinationals. As Chinese companies become increasingly sophisticated and mature in their conduct of business to expand regionally and globally, the need to tap on to capital has never been more urgent.

  • 16 March 2012
  • Book Parade
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    Editorial Desk

    Shortly after Greece approved a round of budget cuts over the weekend in order to receive a second bailout and avoid a debt default in March, Moody’s Investors Service downgraded the ratings and outlooks of six European countries. However, the downgrade had little impact on financial markets especially when Italy and Spain had successfully sold bonds at lower yields than one month ago.

  • 22 February 2012
  • Malaysia Editorial Desk
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    Markets Never Forget (But People Do): How Your Memory Is Costing You Money — and Why This Time Isn’t Different

    By Ken Fisher and Lara Hoffmans Why do so many investors make the same mistakes repeatedly – being too bullish or too bearish at just the wrong times? Because they forget. Forgetting pain is an instinct – humans have evolved that way to better cope with the problems of survival. But for the complex and [...]

  • 17 February 2012
  • Book Parade
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    Editorial Desk

    As most of the stock markets posted gains in the week when mainland exchanges were closed for the Chinese New Year holiday, market watchers were expecting the Chinese mainland stocks to move higher when it reopened. However, disappointment over a lack of policy easing from the Chinese government sent the Shanghai Composite Index lower by 1.5% on its first day of trading after the week-long holiday.

  • 03 February 2012
  • Malaysia Editorial Desk
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    The Quest For The Sparkling 12 Continues

    We bet investors have been eagerly waiting for the final “show hand” of the remaining six gems in the Shares Investment Portfolio after the unveiling of the first six in issue 425. Let us jump straight to the next SPARKLING SIX!

  • 13 January 2012
  • Perspective
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    Passport to Profits: Why the Next Investment Windfalls Will be Found Abroad and How to Grab Your Share, Revised Edition

    Mark Mobius, the man the Wall Street Journal has proclaimed “the King of the Emerging Market Funds,” spends eight months of the year traveling the globe in search of hidden market bargains overseas and in ‘Passport to Profits: Why the Next Investment Windfalls Will be Found Abroad and How to Grab Your Share, Revised Edition’, he shares what he’s learned.

  • 13 January 2012
  • Book Parade
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    Editorial Desk

    Spooked by global uncertainties – the European debt problem and the slowing of China’s economy – Asian stock indices finished 2011 in negative territory.

  • 09 January 2012
  • Malaysia Editorial Desk
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    12 Gems To Include In Your 2012 Portfolio

    Start off 2012 on the right footing by buying the right stocks! How?

  • 30 December 2011
  • Perspective
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    STI’s 2011 Big Picture

    7 December If you think a roller coaster ride is not rough enough, maybe you would like to take a closer look again at 2011.

  • 30 December 2011
  • Perspective
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    Editorial Desk

    The desired psychological effect of the six central banks’ coordinated actions to ease the cost of borrowing US dollar for lenders was short-lived.

  • 27 December 2011
  • Malaysia Editorial Desk
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    Editorial Desk

    In recent months, concerns over the European leaders’ inability to handle the Eurozone’s troubles have led to even more volatility and upheavals in the global financial markets.

  • 03 December 2011
  • Malaysia Editorial Desk
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    Editorial Desk

    Global equity markets plummeted when Italian borrowing costs rose over 7%, about the same level that had pushed Greece, Portugal and Ireland to request rescue funds but quickly recouped some of their losses after Italy’s Senate approved a budget bill and Mario Monti, a former European Commissioner, was appointed as Italy’s prime minister.

  • 19 November 2011
  • Malaysia Editorial Desk
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    2 Cents Worth

    After looking at the financial tables in your magazine, I observed discrepancies in the profit figures as compared to those released on the Singapore Exchange. Why is it so?

  • 18 November 2011
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    2 Cents Worth

    Investing in a corporate bond is akin to placing money in an instrument that boasts the combination of a fixed deposit and a stock.

  • 04 November 2011
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    2 Cents Worth

    Investment returns can generally be classified into nominal and real rates of returns. However, nominal returns do not paint the full picture.

  • 21 October 2011
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    2 Cents Worth

    Indeed, under the prevailing market condition, betting against the market seems to be the “right” thing to do and CFDs are fast becoming popular.

  • 07 October 2011
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    2 Cents Worth

    Since the beginning of 2011, gold price has climbed more than 34%, hitting US$1,923.70 an ounce on 06 Sep-11, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average is down around 4% during this period.

  • 28 September 2011
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    2 Cents Worth

    The returns from stocks come in two forms, namely capital gain and dividends.

  • 23 September 2011
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    2 Cents Worth

    Q: Gold has surged to a record above US$1,900 an ounce, can I still invest in it?

  • 09 September 2011
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    2 Cents Worth

    Dividends usually come in two major forms, cash and stock. Cash dividends are the most popular, normally paid out of a company’s current earnings or accumulated profits. Scrip dividends, which are gaining popularity, provide the option for shareholders to receive shares in lieu of cash. This option allows shareholders to reinvest in the company without incurring transaction costs.

  • 29 August 2011
  • Malaysia 2 Cents Worth
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    2 Cent’s Worth (S&P Downgrade)

    We feel that the short-term effects of S&P’s downgrade are minimal considering US long-term debt are still within the ‘highly-rated’ zone with no markets near enough to compete in terms of size and liquidity.

  • 26 August 2011
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    2 Cents Worth

    In a market correction, betting against the market seems to be a “correct” thing to do. But before you are ready to take that step and go against the market, it is important to possess basic understanding of the various factors influencing warrant prices.

  • 12 August 2011
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    2 Cents Worth

    Dividends usually come in two major forms, cash and stock. Cash dividends are the most popular, normally paid out of a company’s current earnings or accumulated profits.

  • 29 July 2011
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    2 Cents Worth

    We believe banking stocks offer defensiveness in an uncertain world and we think that it will be a good choice to invest for retirement. Yes, a lot of investors may find Malaysia banks “boring” with no exciting growth story, but they are well capitalized and well run institutions. Moreover, banks are poised to benefit from the rising interest rates and improved capital market revenues when things start to stabilize and get better.

  • 28 July 2011
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    2 Cents Worth

    We suggest that once you have invested in the stock market, pay attention to the market and companies you have invested in. However, for value investors, you need not search for news, look at the share price or read research reports everyday, even though the stock market changes daily.

  • 15 July 2011
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    2 Cents Worth

    We suggest that you start investing in stable blue chip stocks with reasonable dividends payout that can give you some form of return even if your shares move sideways or downwards. Given the prevailing market volatility, capital gain is definitely no longer a sure thing, but if a company is willing to reward its shareholders in the form of reasonable dividend payout, investors would not say no!

  • 01 July 2011
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    2 Cents Worth (Genetec Tech)

    Looking at its latest FY11 results, Genetec Tech has registered a remarkable performance with its earnings soaring 181% as revenue more than doubled year-on-year. The significant improvement in both top- and bottom lines were contributed by strong demand for machines in the hard disk drive segment, following Genetec’s acquisitions of CLT Engineering and Systems South.

  • 24 June 2011
  • Malaysia 2 Cents Worth
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    2 Cents Worth

    For the markets to move up, there is a strong need for encouraging data. But the next earnings season is more than a month away and investors’ sentiment was hit by the recent discouraging economic data, hence we view that a rapid stock market recovery looks unlikely.

  • 17 June 2011
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    2 Cents Worth (Chemoil)

    Chemoil Energy (CE) has returned to the black on a year-on-year basis and performed well on back-to-back quarters (4Q10 and 1Q11). That means to say, the restructuring exercises have begun to yield results! Not only were the company’s costs greatly reduced in 1Q11, sales volume has expanded through its newly acquired OceanConnect Marine bunker trading group.

  • 03 June 2011
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    2 Cents Worth (SingTel)

    Asian countries have repeatedly tightened their monetary policy, amid warnings from economists that soaring food costs could soon drive inflation in their countries out of control. Notably, the Bank of England has signaled the need to hike rates later this year.

  • 20 May 2011
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    2 Cents Worth (SEH, Gold Shares)

    SEH specialises in the design and development of teaching equipment for engineering education, and its products are utilised in public and private universities.

  • 11 May 2011
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    2 Cents Worth (Gold Shares, Hyflux)

    We opine that investors should in fact ‘stay in May & don’t go away’. This is because we believe that our local as well as US corporations are in reasonably good financial shape.

  • 06 May 2011
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    2 Cents Worth (Hyflux, Preference Shares)

    Hyflux has announced the offering of 6% cumulative, non-convertible, non-voting perpetual Class A preference shares (Class A CPS) of $200 million. What are preference shares and what are the benefits of owning them?

  • 21 April 2011
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    2 Cents Worth (Local Bourse, Broad Markets)

    In our previous issue, we have said that based on the technical chart, the local bourse has slipped below the 50 day simple moving average and has also executed a breakaway from its uptrend channel.

  • 20 April 2011
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    2 Cents Worth (CapitaLand, Bonus Issue)

    CapitaLand’s share price is trading near to its NAV, is it a good time to buy?

  • 08 April 2011
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    2 Cents Worth (Commodity Stocks, Market Direction, Rights Issue)

    Q: The Japanese quake adds to the existing bearish mood of commodity markets, especially agricultural commodities. What should I do to my commodities related stocks?

  • 25 March 2011
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