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  • BANGKOK, Oct 4- Most Southeast Asian stock markets gained on Thursday, with the Philippine main index posting its second straight record closing high in strong volumes as optimism about domestic growth boosted consumer-related stocks such as SM Investments Corp.

  • SYDNEY, Oct 4- Australian shares extended their gains by 0.3 percent on Thursday, hitting a 14- month high after banks offset losses in mining, as investors eyed further interest rate cuts in the wake of soft retail sales data. Top banks continued this week's post rate-cut gains, led by Westpac Banking Corp.

  • KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 4- A Malaysian court kept on hold the licence granted to Lynas Corp Ltd's controversial rare earth plant by delaying until Oct. 10 a decision on whether it will consider judicial reviews to permanently block production.

  • SYDNEY, Oct 4- Australian shares extended their gains by 0.3 percent on Thursday, hitting a 14- month high after banks offset losses in mining. Top banks continued this week's post rate-cut gains, led by Westpac Banking Corp.

  • KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 4- Following is a table of Kuala Lumpur tin market prices provided by a Malaysian trader. Date KL Premium/ Spot Bid Offer Final Volumes* Oct 4 22,300 70 20 30 540 Oct 3 22,100 106 25 50 200 Oct 2 21,860 53 15 35 385 Oct 1 21,600 41 18 28 175. #E, J and M signify purchases by European, Japanese, and Malaysian buyers.

  • KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 4- A Malaysian court kept on hold the licence granted to Lynas Corp Ltd's controversial rare earth plant by delaying until Oct. 10 a decision on whether it will consider judicial reviews to permanently block production.

  • KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 4- Pay-TV firm Astro Malaysia Holdings Bhd will raise about $1.5 billion by selling shares at the top end of a marketing range, as privatisation schemes and economic growth cement Malaysia's position as Asia's top destination for IPOs this year.

  • DUBAI, Oct 4- HSBC Holdings Plc is to significantly scale back the scope of its global Islamic banking operations, as the business becomes the latest area to be affected by a wider restructuring at the UK- based bank.

  • KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 4- A Malaysian court has postponed to Oct. 10 a hearing on the temporary operating licence granted to Lynas Corp Ltd's controversial rare earth plant, activists said on Thursday. The Kuantan High Court had been expected to rule on whether it will consider judicial reviews seeking to block the plant.

  • SINGAPORE, Oct 3- Danish oil and shipping group A.P. Moller Maersk says it will talk to Vitol to determine whether one of its tankers was used by the trading house to ship Iranian fuel oil. The cargo was transferred aboard the Danish tanker from Vitol's floating storage off Malaysia, the document shows, and shipped to storage in Singapore.

  • MELBOURNE, Oct 4- Australian shares were up 0.2 percent on Thursday as banks rose while miners fell, with sentiment dented by soft retail sales figures for August and declines in oil and copper prices. Top banks continued this week's post rate-cut gains, led by a 1.2 percent rise in Westpac Banking Corp.

  • OCBC Investment Research cut its target price for palm oil company Golden Agri-Resources Ltd to S $0.76 from S $0.81 and kept its' buy' rating, citing a larger-than-expected drop in crude palm oil prices. 10:09 STOCKS NEWS SINGAPORE- Maybank starts Hutchison Port at' buy'.

  • Kenanga has' outperform' calls on Malaysian Pacific Industries Bhd with a target price of 3.10 ringgit per share) and Notion VTec Bhd with a target price of 1.50 ringgit per share. It had' market perform' calls on Unisem Bhd, SAM Engineering& Equipment Bhd, JCY International Bhd and Kelington Group Bhd.

  • RHB Research has downgraded the consumer sector to' neutral' from' overweight', as current premium valuations are deemed hard to sustain. Its coverage on the consumer sector comprises 10 stocks, with QL Resources Bhd and Super Group.

  • DanaInfra Nasional Bhd is finalising plans to issue a 1.5 billion ringgit sukuk tranche by mid-November to finance the Sungai Buloh-Kajang mass rapid transit line, with one portion to be marketed as retail bond as raised in the federal budget for 2013 announced last week.

  • BANGKOK, Oct 4- Following is some company-related and market news that could have an impact on the local market. SE ASIA STOCKS-Most retreat; energy-related shares weak. Thailand's second-biggest liquefied petroleum gas company has bought LPG businesses in Malaysia and Vietnam, it said in a statement.

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  • KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 4- Malaysian construction firm Ahmad Zaki Resources Bhd won a 673 million ringgit contract to build a 50- storey hotel in the country's capital city, according to a filing to the local stock exchange late on Wednesday.

  • Finding Confidence in Malaysia

    Aninda Mitra, Head of Economics, Southeast Asia, ANZ says Malaysia will have to answer some tough questions if the government's economic programs aren't successful. He thinks it will be key to see if the social programs continue.

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