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STOCKS NEWS MALAYSIA-BIMB up on approval for Bank Islam buy talks

Shares of BIMB Holdings Bhd rose as much as 3.82percent after it obtained approval from the country's centralbank to start talks with Dubai Financial Group to buy out thelatter's 30.5 percent stake in Bank Islam.

"Should the deal go through, any potential return on equityenhancement could be a re-rating catalyst for BIMB," HwangDBSVickers Research said in a note on Tuesday.

The research house had a 'hold' rating on the Islamicfinancial institution with a target price of 2.80 ringgit pershare.

By 0244 GMT, the counter rose 3.5 percent to 3.25 ringgitper share, outperforming the broader index's 0.14percent rise.

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(Reporting by Yantoultra Ngui in Kuala Lumpur; Editing bySunil Nair; yantoultra.ngui@thomsonreuters.com)****************************************************************

10:04 STOCKS NEWS MALAYSIA-Kenanga cuts Malaysia's REITs to'neutral'

Kenanga Research downgraded Malaysia's real estateinvestment trusts (REITs) to 'neutral' from 'overweight' as itbelieves there is limited room for further yield compressions.

"As investors seek safe havens in defensive stocks thisyear, we note that most Malaysia's REITs are trading athistorically low gross yields, not to mention record low spreadsto the 10-year Malaysian Government Securities (MGS) yields,"the research house said in a note on Tuesday.

Assuming the 10-year MGS yields trend lower to 3.3 percentbased on historical trends in 2013, and Malaysia's REITscontinue to demand current record low spreads, the brokeragesaid it had increased the target prices on Malaysia's REITsunder its coverage.

"However, our new target prices only provide less than 10percent total returns, implying limited share price upsides."

Kenanga downgraded Capitalmalls Malaysia Trust to'market perform' from 'outperform', though it raised the targetprice to 1.80 ringgit per share from 1.69.

It maintained 'market perform' on Sunway REIT , butraised the target price to 1.51 ringgit from 1.42. It alsomaintained 'market perform' on Axis REIT, with a higher targetprice of 3.08 ringgit.

"We prefer KLCC Property (outperform rating;target price of 6.87 ringgit) as an alternative to Malaysia'sREITs as our target price reflects a REIT payout structure and atarget 2013 gross dividend yield of 4.6 percent," it added.

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(Reporting by Yantoultra Ngui in Kuala Lumpur;yantoultra.ngui@thomsonreuters.com; Editing by PrateekChatterjee)

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09:11 MALAYSIA STOCKS NEWS-Latexx shares surge after buyoutoffer from Austrian firm

Shares in Malaysian rubber glove maker Latexx Partners

surged 27.4 percent on Tuesday after Austrian firmSemperit AG Holdings made a 603 million ringgit($196.58 million)takeover offer in cash.

The offer announced by the Austrian medical gloves maker onMonday is the third such deal for Latexx. It involves Semperitproposing to pay 2.30 ringgit per Latexx share and 1.77 ringgitper warrant.

Last year, the Malaysian firm received a 852 million ringgitbuyout proposal from private equity firm Navis and another offerfrom Malaysian rival YTY Industry Holdings to merge some of itsunits in a deal valued at 1.37 billion ringgit.

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(Reporting by Niluksi Koswanage in Kuala Lumpur;niki.koswanage@thomsonreuters.com)

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