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Friday, July 20, 2018

Market Daily Report: FBM KLCI retreats, weighed down by telcos

KUALA LUMPUR (July 20): The FBM KLCI closed 4.57 points or 0.26% lower on profit taking after nine straight days of gains. At 5pm today, the KLCI settled at 1,754.67 points.

Areca Capital Sdn Bhd chief executive officer Danny Wong Teck Meng told that investors took profit on telecommunication stocks.

"Today’s market was affected by the telcos especially Telekom Malaysia Bhd (TM) and Digi.Com Bhd," Wong said.

TM was the biggest decliner in percentage terms among the 30 KLCI stocks followed by Digi.Com and Axiata Group Bhd. TM closed 2.31% lower at RM3.81, Digi.Com fell 1.94% to RM4.54 while Axiata was 1.36% lower at RM4.34.

Across Bursa Malaysia, 2.89 billion shares worth RM2.53 billion were traded. The most-active counter was My E.G. Services Bhd (MyEG) with some 159 million shares transacted. MyEG rose 12 sen to close at RM1.24.

Asian stock markets took cue from China share gains. In China, the Shanghai Stock Exchange Composite rose 2.05% while Hong Kong’s Hang Seng was up 0.76%. Elsewhere, South Korea's Kospi climbed 0.3%.

Reuters reported that Asian shares pushed higher on Friday, clawing back earlier losses in volatile trade as China’s stocks recovered sharply and the yuan bounced from a one-year low with market participants suspecting state support for the currency.

Source: The Edge

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Market Daily Report: FBM KLCI rises as Bursa construction stocks lift sentiment

KUALA LUMPUR (July 19): The FBM KLCI gained 6.17 points or 0.35% after foreign investors became net buyers of Malaysian shares and as Bursa Malaysia construction stocks rose.

Bursa Malaysia construction stocks rose after Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said today Malaysia will defer the planned Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High Speed Rail (HSR) instead of unilaterally cancelling the project.

At 5pm, the KLCI closed at 1,759.24 points. Bursa Malaysia's construction index gained 10.14 points or 4.87% to 218.43 points.

“If you look at the trade today, the construction sector has been doing very well. News reports talked about the likelihood of a return of the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore HSR project,” Rakuten Trade Sdn Bhd vice president of research Vincent Lau told over telephone.

The selldown of Malaysian shares by foreign investors has toned down recently. Lau said today foreign investors turned into net buyers of Malaysian shares for the first time in July 2018 yesterday.
Today, Malaysia's construction sector and foreign investor sentiment led to a notable rise in share-trade volume and value across Bursa Malaysia. A total of 3.49 billion shares worth RM3.03 billion were traded. Yesterday, the bourse saw 2.63 billion shares transacted for RM2.18 billion.

Today, Bursa Malaysia top gainers included Malayan Banking Bhd and Iskandar Waterfront City Bhd (IWCity). IWCity rose 17.5 sen to 74.5 sen with about 134 million shares traded to close among Bursa Malaysia's most-active counters.

Source: The Edge