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Brian Brinker
Brian has worked on a wide range of commercialisation and innovation projects, including for the Malaysian Prime Minister's office and various multinational companies. He focuses on trending and understanding how fast changing circumstances can impact markets and companies. He holds a Master's Degree in Global Affairs from an American University.

No. of Articles : 44
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Top-performer

Who Are The Top Performers And Hot IPOs Of 1H14?

What are the stocks that have been heating up the Malaysian stock market?

  • 30 June 2014
  • Bursa Malaysia, Perspective
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    1H14 Market Round-Up: What’s Happening In Malaysia?

    By and large, it’s been an exciting year for investors in Malaysia through the first two quarters where we saw the KLCI losing, and then winning.

  • 30 June 2014
  • Bursa Malaysia, Perspective
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    KLCI Hits New Highs; Will Bursa Malaysia Climb Higher?

    Bursa Malaysia turned in stellar performance as the KLCI hit all-time highs 26 times in 2013 and ended the year 10.5 percent above 2012’s index. Will it continue to benefit with the buoyant equity market?

  • 23 June 2014
  • Bursa Malaysia, Corporate Digest
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    3 Things You Should Know About Bursa Malaysia

    Bursa Malaysia has enjoyed strong growth in operating revenue over the last several years with a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 10 percent from FY09 to FY13. In FY09, the company’s operating revenues came in at only RM297.8 million.

  • 23 June 2014
  • Bursa Malaysia, Malaysia Corporate Digest
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    3 Things You Should Know About Gamuda

    Gamuda has enjoyed strong revenue growth over the last five years. In FY09, the company pulled in RM2.7 billion and this revenue had grown to RM3.9 billion in FY13.

  • 16 June 2014
  • Bursa Malaysia, Malaysia Corporate Digest
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    Gamuda Will Benefit From Malaysia’s Rising Infrastructure Investments

    As Asia embarks on its growth trajectory, the demand for better economic and social infrastructure has also expanded in tandem. Gamuda is one such beneficiary of such phenomenon.

  • 16 June 2014
  • Bursa Malaysia, Malaysia Corporate Digest
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    3 Things You Should Know About Malaysia Airports Holdings

    CIMB Research expects MAS to reduce its number of flights by up to 20 percent year-on-year in FY15. Coupled with the imperative of raising ticket prices, the house thinks that the fall in number of passengers will be greater.

  • 09 June 2014
  • Bursa Malaysia, Corporate Digest
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    Will Malaysia Airports Holdings Fly to New Heights?

    The wait is finally over. Last month’s opening of the world’s largest air terminal dedicated to low-cost carriers, or known as KLIA2, showcased Malaysia’s undertaking to be a major hub for regional travel as well as to cater to increased tourist arrivals.

  • 09 June 2014
  • Bursa Malaysia, Corporate Digest
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    The Multi-Utilities Sector In Asia: Hot Or Not?

    The multi-utilities sector is a hot sector to be in right now. Emerging countries, especially in Asia, are investing massive amounts in utilities. It’s the kind of money you can’t ignore.

  • 02 June 2014
  • Bursa Malaysia, Malaysia Corporate Digest
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    3 Things You Should Know About YTL Power International

    The last several years have been a period of strong growth for YTL Power. In FY09, the company brought in RM6.1 billion in revenue.

  • 02 June 2014
  • Bursa Malaysia, Malaysia Corporate Digest
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    Is 20% Return A Thing Of The Past For Malaysia’s Top Retail REIT? (Part 2)

    In its latest 1Q14 results, Pavilion REIT raked in gross revenue of RM101.2 million, lifted by a 7 percent jump in rental income to RM83.1 million. Revenue from its retail segment was up 7.2 percent for the quarter, despite a 3.6 percent dip in office revenues.

  • 26 May 2014
  • Bursa Malaysia, Malaysia Corporate Digest
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    Is 20% Return A Thing Of The Past For Malaysia’s Top Retail REIT? (Part 1)

    The Malaysian Real Estate Investment Trust (M-REIT) market grew substantially in 2013 with the listing of KLCC REIT in May last year, but can it continue doing so?

  • 26 May 2014
  • Bursa Malaysia, Malaysia Corporate Digest
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    Why The Smartphone Trend Is A Boom For Telcos Like Axiata (Part 2)

    At the moment, most research firms are giving Axiata a “Hold” rating, largely due to the uncertainty surrounding the recent merger of XL and Axis in Indonesia.

  • 19 May 2014
  • Bursa Malaysia, Malaysia Corporate Digest
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    Could Smartphone Trends Boost The Saturated Telco Industry? (Part 1)

    Axiata Group is already one of Southeast Asia’s largest and most successful telecommunications companies. With mobile phone markets maturing, however, the company may struggle to sustain growth.

  • 19 May 2014
  • Bursa Malaysia, Malaysia Corporate Digest
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    Bright Future

    Ta Ann: Planting The Seeds For A Bright Future (Part 1)

    Ta Ann Holdings, a major lumber company has emerged as a major player in the palm oil sector and could see some green years ahead for both of these industries underscored by strong global economic growth in 2014.

  • 12 May 2014
  • Bursa Malaysia, Corporate Digest
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    Ta Ann: Planting The Seeds For A Bright Future (Part 2)

    As a commodity producer, Ta Ann is subjected to global commodity price swings for palm oil and lumber. Both of these markets have been somewhat volatile in recent years.

  • 12 May 2014
  • Bursa Malaysia, Corporate Digest
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    IHH Healthcare: A Global Name In Medical Tourism (Part 2)

    IHH Healthcare’s revenues recorded a slight decline in FY13, dipping to RM6.8 billion from RM7 billion in FY12. Before tax profits actually recorded an even steeper decline.

  • 05 May 2014
  • Bursa Malaysia, Malaysia Corporate Digest
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    IHH Healthcare: A Global Name In Medical Tourism (Part 1)

    IHH Healthcare is now one of the world’s largest health care providers, with an impressive network of health care facilities spanning Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.

  • 05 May 2014
  • Bursa Malaysia, Malaysia Corporate Digest
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    UEM Sunrise: Expanding Footprint Around The World (Part 2)

    UEM Sunrise enjoyed strong revenue growth in FY13, with revenue expanding from RM1.9 billion in FY12 to RM2.4 billion in FY13. In FY09, the company’s revenues were only RM346.3 million, so the group has certainly enjoyed a productive few years.

  • 28 April 2014
  • Bursa Malaysia, Malaysia Corporate Digest
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    UEM Sunrise: Expanding Footprint Around The World (Part 1)

    UEM Sunrise is currently in the midst of an expansion across Malaysia, Southeast Asia, and even around the world. We look deeper into this company and see what financial muscles it is packing.

  • 28 April 2014
  • Bursa Malaysia, Malaysia Corporate Digest
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    Sunway: Breaking New Horizons Or Facing Cloudy Days Ahead? (Part 2)

    As seen from how the macro factors are in line to benefit Sunway from the earlier piece (part 1), we now dive into the financial highlights and latest developments of Sunway. Financial Highlights For the financial year ending 31 December 2013, Sunway reported revenues of RM4.7 billion, up from a restated amount of RM4.1 billion [...]

  • 21 April 2014
  • Bursa Malaysia, Corporate Digest
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    Sunway: Breaking New Horizons Or Facing Cloudy Days Ahead? (Part 1)

    With the Malaysian economy expected to grow at about 5% in 2014, what is in store for Sunway. the multi sector conglomerate that has a heavy focus in property development?

  • 21 April 2014
  • Bursa Malaysia, Malaysia Corporate Digest
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    Why Malaysia’s Most Valuable Banking Brand Should Be On Your Radar

    Actively involved in ASEAN markets like Malaysian, Thailand, Indonesia, and Singapore, CIMB looks set to advance and become the most valuable banking brand to take on growth from this region.

  • 14 April 2014
  • Bursa Malaysia, Malaysia Corporate Digest
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    Top-performer

    What Are The Best Performing Stocks Of Malaysia In 1Q14?

    Yes. The first quarter has already ended, and it’s filled with full on volatility. Despite that, there will always be stocks that can still perform, and what are the best performing stocks for Malaysia in 1Q14?

  • 07 April 2014
  • Bursa Malaysia, Perspective
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    How Maybank Is Cashing In On The Regional Growth

    Maybank, one of South East Asia’s largest financial services firms, is no stranger to Malaysia. This giant has seen solid financial growth, and key plans ahead for this giant, show immense opportunities.

  • 31 March 2014
  • Bursa Malaysia, Malaysia Corporate Digest
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    How Bumi Armada Is Riding The Boom In The FPSO Market

    As at 31 December 2013, Bumi Armada has a total order back log of RM22.1 billion, comprising of RM13.2 billion in firm contracts and RM8.9 billion in option extensions.

  • 24 March 2014
  • Bursa Malaysia, Malaysia Corporate Digest
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    US Interest Rates Hike Could Come In Mid-2015: Yellen

    The FTSE Straits Times Index dropped 23.55 points to close Thursday’s trading at 3,057.20, following an announcement by the US Federal Reserve (Fed) that US interest rates hike could kick in as early as mid-2015.

  • 21 March 2014
  • Review, Tradeable
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    Dialog Group: Primed For Success Amid Surging Oil Industry

    The global oil industry is expected to grow in the years to come. With emerging markets generating increasing demand for oil, and already-developed countries still largely dependent on petroleum, demand for oil will remain high.

  • 17 March 2014
  • Bursa Malaysia, Malaysia Corporate Digest
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    Slower Growth And Weak Data From China Puts Dampener On Markets

    Despite the better than expected data that came in from the US, where we saw US retail sales figures beating estimates, and weekly jobless claims falling to their lowest levels in four months, weak data that came out from China, has effectively weighed in on gains we’ve seen in the markets.

  • 14 March 2014
  • Review, Tradeable
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    20 “Buy” Recommendations On SapuraKencana

    SapuraKencana Petroleum is involved in a wide range of oil and gas services. The company is one of the most diversified operators within the sector and provides a host of services. As such, the company’s performance will be closely tied to the growth and performance of the oil and gas sector as a whole.

  • 10 March 2014
  • Bursa Malaysia, Malaysia Corporate Digest
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    Markets Cautious Awaiting US Jobs Reports

    The FTSE Straits Times Index (STI) gained 12.53 points to close Thursday’s trading at 3,129.17 as investors remain cautious while awaiting growth data from the Eurozone, crucial US jobs data to be released today as well as amid the backdrop of political tensions in Ukraine.

  • 07 March 2014
  • Review, Tradeable
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    Why Kossan Is A “Buy” For Research Houses

    Kossan Rubber Industries specialises in the production of various rubber and latex products, especially as used in the health care industries, dentistry, and research.

  • 03 March 2014
  • Bursa Malaysia, Malaysia Corporate Digest
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    Time For Review

    STI Flattish; Yellen Ponders Taper Retreat

    The FTSE Straits Times Index (STI) gained 8.49 points to close Thursday’s trading at 3,096.74 as investors awaited US Federal Reserve (Fed) chairperson’s Janet Yellen’s testimony before the Senate Banking Committee.

  • 28 February 2014
  • Review, Tradeable
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    RM1b Pre-Tax Target; MBS Open To Become A Full-Fledged Bank

    Malaysia Building Society provides a variety of financial services and is in a good position to take advantage of Malaysia’s growing finance sector.

  • 24 February 2014
  • Bursa Malaysia, Malaysia Corporate Digest
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    Singapore Grows 5.5% In 4Q13, Budget Day 2014 Takes Centre Stage

    Industry observers highlighted productivity and social inclusiveness as the main themes for this year’s budget. Other elements include healthcare subsidies and more aid by the government to help SMEs tackle rising operational costs and low-income households to ease the cost of living.

  • 21 February 2014
  • Review, Tradeable
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    Why Durex’s Manufacturer Is Expected To Experience Further Growth; Karex

    Karex Berhad is well-positioned to take advantage of the world’s rising demand for condoms. The global condom industry is expected to grow at a steady rate in the years to come. In fact, global condom sales have risen by 7 percent for the last several years. In 2012, global condom market was 22.8 billion pieces.

  • 17 February 2014
  • Bursa Malaysia, Malaysia Corporate Digest
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    UMW OG’s Shares Up 58.2% Since Debut; Aims To Double Revenue In 5 Years

    Over the next five years, UMW Oil & Gas Corporation will be preparing to move towards deepwater activities, which is its ultimate target.

  • 10 February 2014
  • Bursa Malaysia, Malaysia Corporate Digest
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    STI Pulls Quick Relief Effort, All Eyes Still On Job Data

    We are in the middle of the slew of earnings releases, and defensive stocks like SIA Engineering and Singapore Post have both released their earnings results, where both saw and felt the impact of higher operating expenses.

  • 07 February 2014
  • Review, Tradeable
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    Astro Malaysia: Broadcasting Strong Growth Well Into The Future

    Astro Malaysia has enjoyed strong growth in subscribers over the last few years and should be able to maintain growth through 2014. Most brokerage firms are advising investors to either hold or buy Astro.

  • 27 January 2014
  • Bursa Malaysia, Malaysia Corporate Digest
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    STI Sinks With Doubts Over China And Emerging Markets

    Another bank has joined the chorus of banks raising concerns about emerging markets. Societe Generale, has joined US banking giants, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley and JPMorgan in highlighting a bleak outlook for emerging markets.

  • 24 January 2014
  • Review, Tradeable
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    Slight Gains On STI Over First Full Week Of Trading

    The first full week of trading brought the STI slightly higher on significantly good news from the US. However, any rally was quickly ruffed out by news that China’s growth could be moderating after an spurt of growth in 2H13.

  • 10 January 2014
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    STI Falls Back Down To Earth After Holiday Rally

    2013 ended with the Straits Times Index stuck at levels where it begun 2013 with. While the full year has been topsy turvy, investors might be more heartened to look to 2014 with more optimism.

  • 03 January 2014
  • Review, Tradeable
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    Bracing For Year-End Rally End Of Fiscal Cliff Marks Beginning Of A Bullish 2013

    Santa Finally Brings Some Cheer To Markets

    While the STI is marching ever much closer to breaking even for the year, American markets are soaring to new heights. Perhaps we need some American enthusiasm.

  • 27 December 2013
  • Review, Tradeable
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    Fear Of Taper Tapers Santa Rally

    Investors looked as if they saw a ghost or a Chinese Vampire from Rigor Mortis as they cashed out of markets. This cannot be! The global economic situation looks to be starkly improved and yet investors are fleeing.

  • 13 December 2013
  • Review, Tradeable
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