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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Market Daily Report: FBM KLCI slips with banking stocks as US-China trade spat lingers

KUALA LUMPUR (June 20): The FBM KLCI slipped 5.61 points or 0.3% to its intraday low after investors sold KLCI-linked banking stocks in the final trading minutes. Lingering concerns on the US-China trade spat continued to dictate world market sentiment.

At Bursa Malaysia, the KLCI closed at 1,709.75 points at 5pm as Public Bank Bhd and Hong Leong Bank Bhd shares ended among Bursa Malaysia top decliners. The KLCI erased gains after rising to its intraday high at 1,728.69 points.

“Banks caused the (KLCI's) downturn in the last half an hour of trading,” Areca Capital Sdn Bhd chief executive officer Danny Wong Teck Meng told

Yesterday, the KLCI fell 28.07 points as news of the escalating US-China trade spat hit global markets.

Across Bursa Malaysia today, 1.85 billion shares worth RM2.21 billion were traded.

Public Bank shares closed 58 sen lower at RM22.78 while Hong Leong Bank fell 20 sen to RM18.46.
Asian shares rose. In China, the Shanghai Stock Exchange Composite rose 0.27% while Hong Kong’s Hang Seng was up 0.77%. Elsewhere, Japan's Nikkei 225 rose 1.24% while South Korea's Kospi climbed 1.02%.

Reuters reported that Asian stock markets bounced on Wednesday following a wobbly morning session that highlighted the lingering anxiety and uncertainty surrounding a heated trade dispute between China and the United States. In Asia, bargain hunters turned up to pick up shares on the cheap after the previous day's rout.

Source: The Edge

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Market Daily Report: FBM KLCI slumps 28.07 points, ringgit hit as US-China trade spat escalates

KUALA LUMPUR (June 19): The FBM KLCI fell 28.07 points or 1.61% while the ringgit weakened as the escalating US-China trade spat hit global markets. Analysts said foreign institutional investors sold Malaysian assets on expectation of further US interest rate hikes.

At Bursa Malaysia, the KLCI finished at its intraday low at 1,715.36 points. In currency markets, the ringgit weakened to 4.0030 against a strengthening US dollar at the time of writing.

Inter-Pacific Securities Sdn Bhd head of research Pong Teng Siew told “KLCI fell today mainly due to blue chip stocks on Bursa Malaysia being heavily sold by foreign funds.”
Pong said Inter-Pacific expects foreign selling of Malaysian assets to continue until the later part of this year in anticipation of US interest rate hikes.

Asian shares fell today. In China, the Shanghai Stock Exchange Composite fell 3.78% while Hong Kong’s Hang Seng lost 2.78%. Elsewhere, Japan’s Nikkei 225 dropped 1.77% while South Korea’s Kospi was 1.52% lower.

Reuters reported that Asian stocks sank on Tuesday and Shanghai shares plunged to near two-year lows as US President Donald Trump threatened new tariffs on Chinese goods in an escalating tit-for-tat trade war between the world's two biggest economies.

It was reported that Trump threatened to impose a 10 percent tariff on US$200 billion of Chinese goods, prompting a swift warning from Beijing of retaliation, as the trade conflict between the world's two biggest economies quickly escalated. It was retaliation, Trump said, for China's decision to raise tariffs on US$50 billion in US goods, which came after Trump announced similar tariffs on Chinese goods on Friday.

Source: The Edge