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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

WallStreet Update: US stocks rose

It hasn't been like this for a while but the US stocks saw a surge yesterday and rose across the board, supported by the jump in oil price while rally in just made S&P 500 to reach its best day in two months.

Wall Street bullish

All three major averages closed about 1.25 percent higher in high volume trade, with the Dow up about 222 points.

S&P 500 jumped 1.25 percent to 2,084.39 while Nasdaq Composite added 1.26 percent to 4,809.88. jumped 3.43 percent to a record of $703.07, giving the biggest boost to the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq.

All 10 major S&P sectors gained and seven of them were up over 1 percent, led by a 1.75 percent rise in the energy index. Oil rose over 4 percent as supply disruptions in Canada and elsewhere overshadowed fears of oversupply.

International stock markets were helped by solid corporate earnings in Europe, progress on Greek debt talks, and a new pledge by Japan that it was prepared to weaken the yen.

With first-quarter earnings reports almost all in and not quite as bad as expected, investors have become more optimistic that the profit recession that has weighed on large-cap stocks for almost a year may be losing its grip.

The proportion of companies that have raised their forecasts versus those that lowered forecasts is the healthiest it has been since 2011, according to Thomson Reuters data.

Well, let's hope the good and bullish sentiments in the US will flow over to Malaysia as Bursa open at 9am. 

Monday, April 25, 2016

IPIC will pay if 1MDB default

Abu Dhabi's state-owned International Petroleum Investment Co (IPIC) said it would make a US$50.3 million interest payment to holders of notes issued by Malaysian state fund 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB), but only after 1MDB defaults on its payments.

A default by 1MDB will occur if the troubled Malaysian sovereign fund fails to make a payment on the 1MDB Energy (Langat) Ltd bond before Monday, April 25, IPIC said in a filing to the London Stock Exchange on Monday.
IPIC guarantees the bond.
The coupon on the US$1.75 billion bond was due on April 18, but terms of the bond gave a five-day period of grace for the payment, which ends Monday.
The Abu Dhabi fund said neither 1MDB Energy (Langat) nor 1MDB have made the payment so far. It said the guarantee has not been called upon yet.
"As at the time of this announcement, IPIC is not aware of the Guarantee being called upon. IPIC has always honoured its obligations arising from any agreements it has entered in to and will continue to do so," it said in the statement.
It was not clear whether a default had already occurred. 1MDB did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
IPIC said a 1MDB default would not mean a cross-default by IPIC on its own debts.
While the interest on the bond was widely expected to be paid, the stand-off between the two state firms, who are locked in a wider dispute, has worried markets and left bondholders waiting on the payment that was due on Monday.
The Malaysian state investor said the interest was owed by IPIC following an agreement struck on June 4, 2015.
But IPIC called off the deal earlier this month, saying 1MDB and its sole shareholder, Malaysia's Ministry of Finance, had failed to meet their obligations, including the full payment of US$1.1 billion plus interest and that they were now in default.
1MDB's 4.4% US$3 billion 2023 < MY090717251=> was still trading steady in the low 90s. The 5.99% US$1.75 billion 2022 is at 99.5/100.
Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak heads the advisory board of 1MDB, which is at the centre of a multi-billion dollar corruption scandal. Money-laundering investigations concerning the fund are now underway in at least six countries including the United States, Switzerland and Singapore.
Source: Reuters