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Saturday, December 26, 2015

Economic Outlook 2016 [Malaysia]

2015 has been a rather forgettable year for Malaysia. 

The FBM KLCI closed at 1,761.25 points on 31st December 2014 but was last seen at 1,663.51 points on 23rd December 2015 before the market was closed for public holidays on 24th and 25th's a drop of about 5.5%. That is before the Ringgit is being taken into consideration. The RM was one of the worst performing currencies in 2015.

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How 2016 will look like for Malaysia is the BIG QUESTION mark as we head into 2016 within a week's time.

Emerging economies slowdown has been a real concern to global economy including Malaysia, especially with China. The slowdown is exerting downward pressure on commodity prices. While we are expected to see an improvement in the US economy and a moderate recovery in the Eurozone, 2016 is also the year where China is expected to see further decline in their growth. This has hurt the Asian economies as weaker global trade and softer domestic demand takes place. The strengthening US dollar across the board, triggered very much due to the policy divergence between the US and the rest of the world has to a certain extend pulled the commodity prices to a level not seen since the global financial crisis in 2008/2009. This is particularly true with the oil prices. The slump has continued especially after the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) recent decision in a meeting not to curb its' production in the near term. This will also be crucial to how the economy in Malaysia will perform in 2016. 

Moving forward, the prospect of the commodity prices depends largely on these factors:

a) Future Supply Conditions
b) Global Demand, particularly China
c) Strength of the US Dollar


For crude oil in particular, the pace of production by OPEC and non-OPEC members will determine the direction of their prices. With the Saudi-led OPEC's decision not to curb its' production in order to win the market share, it is unlikely that we will see a lack of future supply.


China's economy is expected to soften further in 2016 to 6.5% to 7% as exports are not likely to recover sharply in 2016 and investments continue to be dragged down by weaker sentiment. The China's official Purchasing Manager's Index (PMI) fell to the lowest level in more than 3 years in November indicate a weaker manufacturing conditions and the deflationary environment in the country persists even after the People's Bank of China (PBoc) had made six rounds of interest rate cuts since November 2014 is a concern. Even with that, analysts believe moving forward, China will not experience a hard landing and believe there are still room for the PBOC to adjust its policy since the reserve requirement ratio remains relatively high. More fiscal stimulus is also expected to avert an abrupt deceleration in its' headline growth.

United States of America
The United States of America is probably the good news that we will be reading as the US Labour market conditions strengthen (a near level of full employment) and wage gains are also slowly improving. The first rate hike in December 17 has caused a knee-jerk reactions in financial markets and the greenback has strengthened across the board. Moving forward, analysts anticipate a rather similar trend as observed in the rate hike period in 2004 to 2006 which saw the greenback slowly weakening after the first rate hike as bullish expectations were already priced in prior to the hike.

The Eurozone appears to be finally stabilized. Germany, as had been in the past continue to be the growth engine of the region, with a strong export sector, low unemployment, strong housing and manufacturing sectors and a balanced budget. The euro's depreciation against the USD has revived its' trade performance. The lower oil prices also helped to boost the region's trade surplus, up by 50% in the first nine months of 2015 compared to the corresponding period in 2014. Moving forward, the eurozone is expected to experience a slow and unglamorous pace of recovery but with its' downside risks slowly diminished. However, the moderation of emerging economies especially China might hurt the economy in Eurozone as well. The relatively high unemployment rate in the region is also a concern.

The country's economy continues to decelerate and real growth domestic product (GDP) growth will likely to settle around 4.7% in 2015. Generally, this was due to external sectors although the exports have recovered in ringgit terms since June 2015 although it continue to register negative growth in the 13 months to October 2015 in US dollar terms. Moving forward, with the slumping oil prices, the petroleum-related exports will likely to register a further decline. Support on the other hand is expected to be coming from the electronics and electrical (E&E) and palm oil segments which have benefited from the weaker ringgit. Consumer spending domestically will likely to continue to bear the brunt of higher prices resulting from cost push factors. It is likely that the private consumption growth will weaken to 4.2% in 2016. 

Moving into 2016, the impact of the slowdown in the domestic demand will likely to cause the real GDP growth to remain below its' potential but more positives are expected in the second half of 2016 as the impact of the current rout in commodities will slowly diminished by then. This was because while the current bleak outlook is painted on the crude oil futures, it is likely to see a slight recovery in prices by then. This is especially if the growth in demands remain positive and the prospects of stability in China emerges. In addition, the supply growth will likely to taper off if oil prices remain at the current level. Such a scenario will help Malaysia in its external sector going forward. The real GDP growth is expected to average about 4.4% in 2016.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Star Wars smashes US Box Office record

It is official....Star Wars: The Force Awakens have smashed the US Box Office record.

The previous record, was set by Jurassic World in June with $208.8m. Disney's Star Wars smashes the record for the biggest box office debut weekend in North America with ticket sales of $238m.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens
The new Star Wars film has taken an estimated $517m globally in three days - putting it just behind Jurassic World's $525m tally. While it fail to top Jurassic World's global opening figures, analysts believe the space saga has a huge potential to become the biggest-selling movie of all time, especially since Jurassic World's figure has taken into account of their opening in China which was over the same weekend where it opened everywhere else. Star Wars: The Force Awakens, on the other hand will not debut in the world's second biggest cinema-going territory until 9 January. 

With the trio stars from the original trilogy, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill to reprise their Han Solo, Princess Leia and Luke Skywalker roles alongside the younger franchise newcomers, the movie that is set to "a galaxy far, far away" some 30 years on from the action of 1983's Return of the Jedi had been receiving plenty of good reviews and feedbacks. Fans are loving it and the movie is also attracting the younger generation. 

The force it strong with Disney on this one it seems....

Saturday, December 19, 2015

The Force is with Disney as Star Wars smashed Records

Disney will most likely to look back at their decision to buy Lucasfilm for $4 billion as a great deal now that the Star Wars franchise belonged to the Mickey Mouse company. Because even when Star Wars: The Force Awakens has just been released on the cinema not long, it's already breaking records. 

The force is with the movie as it takes on the Big Screen with a Bang

The movie is estimated to heads towards an opening day Friday over $100 million, and that's a record, topping Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 at $91.1 million set on its opening Friday in July 2011. With over $100 million, Star Wars $100 million is the first triple-digit million-day ever. This all comes after studio estimates showed that The Force Awakens exploded out of the box office at Thursday night previews, taking a record $57 million. Once again it beat out Deathly Hallows, Part 2 which made $43.5 million in Thursday night pre-shows in July 2011.

The Force is strong with Disney on this one, and the next thing to look at is whether the Star Wars: The Force Awakens will have the momentum to beat Jurassic World who raked in $208.8 million last June to be the biggest movie opening weekend of all time. It's probably not a question but many are expecting it to do so with such a strong wave of momentum and positive reviews coming out. 

Jeff Bock, box office analyst for Exhibitor Relations said, "I think it definitely stomps on Jurassic World's records. There would have to be an historic drop not to. But how big this will go? That's the question. We know fans brought out pre-sale tickets, leading to the initial records. But we just don't know how many repeat viewers and part-time Star Wars fans are going to show up on Sunday. Those are the only question marks," 

With the movie being a hit with critics as well, many are looking at it as the movie to beat Avatar to be the biggest of all time....question is on is it in $2 billion or will it surpass the $3 billion mark? The movie is currently scoring a 95% positive rating on

Star Wars mania is also smashing records overseas, where The Force Awakens began to rollout in 12 markets on Dec. 16. The date marked the biggest box office single day of all time in United Kingdom/Ireland, Germany, Norway and Sweden. 

Suddenly the $4 billion investment on the aged old franchise makes a lot of sense for Disney.

Monday, December 14, 2015

Market Daily Report [14 Dec 2015]

The FBM KLCI index lost 10.18 points or 0.62% on Monday.

FBM KLCI index dropped by 0.62%
The Malaysian market seen a sharp drop as low crude oil prices and anticipation of the US interest rate decision hit the Asian market. Across Asia, Japan's Nikkei 225 was down 1.8%, South Korea's Kospi fell 1.07%, while Hong Kong's Hang Seng index dropped 0.72%. Asian share markets.


US policy makers will meet tomorrow (Dec 15) and on Wednesday (Dec 16) to decide on the country's monetary policy. A US rate hike does not bode well for emerging Asian markets like Malaysia as investors turn their attention to US dollar-denominated assets.
A US rate hike will be the country's first increase in about seven years from near-zero levels.

Crude oil prices have fallen below US$40 a barrel on oversupply concerns. At the time of writing, Brent oil was trading at US$37.74 a barrel. Sentiment on crude oil also hit the ringgit as the commodity forms a major component of the Malaysian economy and government revenue. The ringgit weakened to 4.3267 against the US dollar at 5pm.

Newly listed Red Sena Bhd led the top active today
Newly-listed Red Sena Bhd's shares and warrants were the most-actively traded counters with XOX just behind it on Bursa Malaysia today.

British American Tobacco was the biggest loser
The top decliners were British American Tobacco and included both Petronas Gas Bhd and Petronas Dagangan Bhd while the top gainers were Ajinomoto (M) Bhd and Kluang Rubber Co (M) Bhd.

AJI and KLUANG were both in the top gainers for the day

Star Wars: Can it beat "Avatar" in the box office?

In 2005, it appeared that the Star Wars saga was officially over. Lucasfilm and Twentieth Century Fox released Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, which completed the prequels trilogy and tied the story back to the first film in the series. It was done...finished. Period. But then come Disney.

In October 2012 the studio brokered a $4.05 billion deal to buy Lucasfilm, and with the deal came the announcement that they would be starting production on a whole new trilogy of Star Wars films that would keep the epic story going for years and years to come.

Now that we are less than a week to the release of the movie Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the question remains: How big will this be?

Can Star Wars: The Force Awakens set new record in the box office?


Star Wars: The Force Awakens opening on Friday is already setting records for pre-opening ticket sales....but the expectation is higher....can Star Wars beat "Avatar" in the box office to be the biggest of all time?

The movie is on track to have the biggest December opening ever, topping "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," which took in $85 million in the U.S. and Canada on its opening weekend in December 2012.

Ticket seller Fandango says advance ticket sales for "Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens" has already topped every other movie and Imax says it has sold double the previous record. Imax receipts account for a third of pre-release sales for this movie.

Whether it bests the biggest grosser of all time — "Avatar," with $2.8 billion worldwide—depends on word of mouth and whether fans love it enough to watch it multiple times through the new year.

The advantage for Star Wars would be a weaker competition for the month...with Marvel's "Deadpool" only coming out in February while Warner Bros.' "Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice" coming out somewhere in late March.


The buzz is becoming louder on the social media.

"The Force Awakens" had 405 million trailer and teaser views on Facebook and YouTube. That's 87 percent more than this summer's "Jurassic World," which opened domestically with a record $208.8 million in ticket sales and owns the all-time No. 3 spot with $1.7 billion worldwide. No. 2 is "Titanic," at $2.1 billion.

What's more, the 178,000 weekly searches for the movie on Google is more than three times as high as "Jurassic World," which had 51,800 weekly searches a month from release, according to Moviepilot.

"People are searching and craving and demanding content," Moviepilot CEO Tobi Bauckhage said. "That's a very strong signal."

However, history has shown us that advance sales doesn't always equate to record grosses. The first installment of "The Hunger Games" was the leader in advance sales, but topped out at a worldwide gross of $693 million, not even in the all-time Top 10.

What "The Force Awakens" benefits from, however, is interest that now spans multiple generations. The movie also has a much bigger Chinese box office to tap. "Avatar" pulled down a monstrous $204 million in China through 2010, but the theatrical market there is now at least three times as big.


Probably the biggest question mark remains is the movie one has seen it yet and the expectation has been set. With such a strong brand name itself, the excitement for the franchise alone will make this a hit but whether it can beat "Avatar" to be in the all time big, the movie has to deliver...and it has to deliver amid all these expectations and buzz on the movie.

Monday, December 7, 2015

Market Daily Report [07 Dec 2015]

The FBM KLCI index gained 4.13 points or 0.25% on Monday. 

The Finance Index increased 0.42% to 14149.89 points, the Properties Index up 0.27% to 1194.87 points and the Plantation Index rose 0.38% to 7458.45 points. 

The market traded within a range of 7.37 points between an intra-day high of 1675.96 and a low of 1668.59 during the session.

FBM KLCI gained 4.13 points 
The increase was mainly due to higher crude palm oil (CPO) prices. 

Export-oriented counters such as glove counters were performing quite well today. 

Top active for the day
The most actively-traded counter was XOX Bhd while the leading decliner was British American Tobacco (M) Bhd. 

The leading decliner was British American Tobacco (M) Bhd

Bursa Malaysia's top gainer is Top Glove Corp Bhd.

Across Asia, Japan's Nikkei 225 rose 0.99%, while South Korea's Kospi closed 0.54% lower. Hong Kong's Hang Seng fell 0.15%.

Reuters reported Asian share markets turned mixed on Monday, as caution grew ahead of Chinese data, though sentiment stayed, supported by hopes the US economy would be able to handle an expected first increase in interest rates in almost a decade.

U.S. crude futures for front-month delivery fell below US$40 per barrel on Monday, after the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) failed last week to agree on output targets to reduce a bulging oil glut that has cut prices by over 60% since 2014.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Market Daily Report [26 Nov 2015]

After the index's advance in the last few days, we see the FBM KLCI fell 1.33 points or 0.1% as investors locked in gains. 

The FBM KLCI index lost 1.33 points or 0.08% on Thursday. The Finance Index increased 0.05% to 14138.02 points, the Properties Index up 0.06% to 1193.05 points and the Plantation Index down 0.09% to 7513.83 points. The market traded within a range of 14.12 points between an intra-day high of 1688.79 and a low of 1674.67 during the session.

Malaysian shares rose in recent days on news 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) was selling its power assets to China General Nuclear Power Corp, instead of Tenaga Nasional Bhd ( Valuation: 1.20, Fundamental: 1.30).

Investors could have perceived such updates as good news for Tenaga, amid concerns Tenaga might overpay for state-owned 1MDB's power assets to bailout the company.

However, as the news passed, the market sensed a lack of catalysts exciting the share market.

Exports based companies are closely watched as as these firms are seen as beneficiaries of a weaker ringgit against the US dollar.

At 5pm, the ringgit weakened to 4.2218 against the US dollar.
Bursa Malaysia ended the day with 2.33 billion shares, valued at RM1.97 billion transacted.

Top gainers included Ajinomoto (M) Bhd and Chee Wah Corp Bhd. 

Ajinomoto (M) Bhd lead the top gainer for the day
Top losers were Nestle (M) Bhd and Malaysian Pacific Industries Bhd.

Nestle (M) Bhd lost RM1.48 as of closing
The top active counter was Borneo Oil Bhd.

Across the region, Japan’s Nikkei 225 was up 0.49%, while South Korea’s Kospi rose 1.06%

Reuters reported Asian shares advanced on Thursday, while the euro remained under pressure on growing bets the European Central Bank will roll out more stimulus soon, even as the U.S. Federal Reserve looks set to raise interest rates.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Wall Street ends higher on global tension

Wall Street ends higher on Tuesday as energy stock rose along with oil prices after Turkey shot down a Russian warplane near the Syrian border.

The three major U.S. indexes recovered from a morning selloff that was triggered by the overseas news despite some strong U.S. economic data.

Relatively light trading appeared to exaggerate swings in the market, according to Frankel, as many market participants were away ahead of the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday. Markets will be closed all day Thursday and close early Friday.

The Dow Jones industrial average rose 19.51 points, or 0.11 percent, to 17,812.19, the S&P 500 gained 2.55 points, or 0.12 percent, to 2,089.14 and the Nasdaq Composite added 0.33 points, or 0.01 percent, to 5,102.81.

Investors steered clear of many of Nasdaq's higher-valuation stocks like Netflix and instead took safety in cheaper stocks due to geopolitical concerns, according to J.J. Feldman, portfolio manager at Los Angeles-based Miracle Mile Advisors.

The U.S. economy grew at a 2.1 percent pace in the third-quarter, compared with an earlier estimate of 1.5 percent, data showed, but consumer sentiment in November was the weakest since September 2014 ahead of the crucial holiday shopping season.

Advancing issues outnumbered declining ones on the NYSE by 1,893 to 1,162, for a 1.63-to-1 ratio on the upside; on the Nasdaq, 1,659 issues rose and 1,121 fell for a 1.48-to-1 ratio favoring advancers.

The S&P 500 posted 9 new 52-week highs and 8 new lows; the Nasdaq recorded 63 new highs and 74 new lows.

About 6.9 billion shares changed hands on U.S. exchanges below the 7.2 billion average for the last 20 sessions, according to Reuters data.

Source: The Edge Markets

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Market Daily Report [24 Nov 2015]

The FBM KLCI continues its' good run today with 6.13 points or 0.4% higher to close at 1,677.030.

This was a continuation of an increased of 9.01 points or 0.54% yesterday. 

FBM KLCI close at 1,677.030

Tenaga shares rose on news 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) was selling its power assets to China General Nuclear Power Corp. Investors could have perceived such updates as good news for Tenaga, amid concerns that Tenaga might overpay for state-owned 1MDB's power assets to bailout the company.

Today, fund managers said investors’ sentiment towards Malaysia had improved, as the country’s image seemed to be on a better footing with US and China, two of the world’s major economies, extending their hands to Malaysia recently.

The Finance Index increased 0.40% to 14135.16 points, the Properties Index dropped 0.10% to 1197.08 points and the Plantation Index rose 0.06% to 7502.73 points. The market traded within a range of 12.33 points between an intra-day high of 1673.92 and a low of 1661.59 during the session.

Brent futures for January climbed 51 cents to US$45.34 a barrel as of 0745 GMT, while U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude was up 52 cents to the session's high of US$42.27 a barrel.

Bloomberg reported that Malaysia’s ringgit rose the most among emerging-market currencies; while stocks and bonds gained, after 1MDB strucked the deal with China General Nuclear.

Across Bursa Malaysia, there were 2.67 billion shares, worth RM2.39 billion, exchanging hands. A total of 573 stocks declined against 373 gainers.

The top active counter traded today was Instacom Group Bhd.

The top gainer was led by Daibochi Plastic and Packaging Industry Bhd while the top decliners included Nestle (M) Bhd and KESM Industries Bhd.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Market Daily Report [23 Nov 2015]

The FBM KLCI rose 9.01 points or 0.54% today, mainly on Tenaga Nasional Bhd share gains, amid speculation 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) may sell its power assets to foreign bidders.

1MDB's power assets are parked under Edra Global Energy Bhd.

Analysts and fund managers said Tenaga gained as investors could have perceived such updates as good news for Tenaga, amid concerns Tenaga might overpay for state-owned 1MDB's power assets to bailout the company.

The Finance Index increased 0.40% to 14135.16 points, the Properties Index dropped 0.10% to 1197.08 points and the Plantation Index rose 0.06% to 7502.73 points. The market traded within a range of 12.33 points between an intra-day high of 1673.92 and a low of 1661.59 during the session.

FBM KLCI gained 0.54% as of closing for today

Tenaga added 30 sen or 2.3% to RM13.42, to become Bursa Malaysia's fifth-largest gainer.

Actively traded stocks include GENETEC, BORNOIL-WC, INSTACO, GLOTEC, HUBLINE, NEXGRAM, BORNOIL, PUC, PESONA and CONNECT. Trading volume decreased to 2949.13 mil shares worth RM1932.04 mil as compared to Friday’s 2965.92 mil shares worth RM1956.37 mil.

Leading movers were PETDAG, with a gain of 80 cents.

The top decliners included Panasonic Manufacturing Malaysia Bhd and United Plantations Bhd.

Across Asian share markets today, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng fell 0.39%, while South Korea’s Kospi gained 0.7%. Japan markets were closed for holiday.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

1MDB near to $2.3 billion power sale to Chinese-led group

1MDB near to $2.3 billion

1 Malaysia Development Bhd, which has been embroiled in much controversy for the high debt that it has accumulated is closing on an agreement to sell control of its power business to Chinese-led bidding group as part of its plan to wind down its' operations.

An agreement with the consortium, which includes China General Nuclear Power Corp. and Qatar's Nebras Power QSC is coming to a near conclusion. The deal is said to have the 1MDB's Edra Global Energy Bhd. unit at about 10 billion ringgit ($2.3 billion), trumping a rival offer from Malaysian energy producer Tenaga Nasional Bhd. 

With so much controversy surrounding the 1 Malaysia Development Bhd, the impending rising rate by the US Fed and the unconvincing economical data coming out from China, the Malaysian Ringgit has suffered an 18% drop this year, making it as the worst performing currency in Asia. This has been beneficial to the foreign bidders to buy the 1MDB power plants. Tenaga, a Kuala Lumpur-listed utility controlled by the nation's sovereign fund, is wary of overpaying because it needs to justify any acquisition to shareholders. This is to avoid to be seen as a bail out as there are so many news and controversies surrounding 1MDB.

“This deal would be very significant towards improving the sentiments towards Malaysia,” Danny Wong Teck Meng, chief executive officer of Kuala Lumpur-based Areca Capital Sdn., which manages about $224 million in assets, said by phone Friday. “If this deal gets finalized by the year-end, it will remove one big problem clouding the country.”

Foreign investors are normally only allowed to own as much as 49 percent of Malaysian power producers unless they obtain a waiver, as the government provides gas to electricity plants at subsidized prices.

1MDB, which almost defaulted earlier this year, expects 16 billion ringgit to 18 billion ringgit for the power plants and has received bids close to that figure, company president Arul Kanda said Oct. 31. The sale is part of 1MDB’s plan to dismantle its operations after it drew criticism from lawmakers for increasing debts that totaled 41.9 billion ringgit as of March 2014.

1MDB owns a net generation capacity of 5,594 megawatts and is the largest independent 
power producer in Bangladesh and Egypt, according to its website. Besides investments in plants in Pakistan and the United Arab Emirates, it has 3,112 megawatts of capacity in Malaysia, making it the nation’s biggest independent power producer after Malakoff Corp.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Market Daily Report [20 Nov 2015]

The FBM KLCI index gained 1.83 points or 0.11% on Friday. The Finance Index increased 0.32% to 14078.27 points, the Properties Index up 0.25% to 1198.25 points and the Plantation Index rose 0.61% to 7498.52 points. The market traded within a range of 6.35 points between an intra-day high of 1663.48 and a low of 1657.13 during the session.

It is a good way to end the week with a gain in the market after a rather downward trend at the beginning of the week. The FBM KLCI index closed at 1,661.890, a gained of 1.83 points today. It is also an increase of 2.98 points compared to last Friday (13 November 2015), so that makes the closing a lot more sweeter for the index.
FBM KLCI index gained 1.830 points
The increase happened as the global economy recovery is seen to be on the right track. The FBM KLCI index rose with the Asian share markets. 

The top active counter is Instacom Group Bhd and Globaltec Formation Bhd while the top gainers is Nestle, with a gain of 2.30 points. Other blue chips that helped the KLCI eke out gains included Petronas Dagangan Bhd and Tenaga Nasional Bhd. 

The top decliners were Warisan TC Holdings Bhd and Fraser & Neave Holdings Bhd.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Market Daily Report [17 Nov 2015]

The FBM KLCI index gained 5.53 points or 0.33% on Tuesday. The Finance Index increased 0.14% to 14078 points, the Properties Index up 0.11% to 1199.37 points and the Plantation Index rose 0.09% to 7489.19 points. The market traded within a range of 17.30 points between an intra-day high of 1677.37 and a low of 1660.07 during the session.

The increased of 0.33% is the first time after the index had declined for the past four consecutive days. The KLCI had tracked global markets' recovery from the shock of the recent terrorist attacks in Paris, France. This is in line with the regional performance as Asian stocks rose across the board on Tuesday, following a surge on Wall Street overnight, as investors clawed back losses that came on the back of last week's Paris attacks.

FBM KLCI increased 5.530 points to close at 1,661.530
Bursa Malaysia saw 2.16 billion shares, worth RM2.01 billion traded. Gainers outnumbered decliners at 533 against 379, while 346 shares were unchanged.

The top active for the day are Borneo Oil Berhad's warrant, BORNOIL-WC, Hibiscus Petroleum Berhad and Instacom Group Berhad.

The Top 3 Active counters for the index today
The Top 3 Gainer for the day
The top 3 gainers are Daibochi Plastic and Packaging Industry Bhd, UMW Holdings Berhad and Top Glove. 

The top loser for the day is Latitude Tree Holdings Berhad.

Top 3 Loser

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Market Daily Report [16 Nov 2015]

The FBM KLCI index lost 2.91 points or 0.18% on Monday. The Finance Index fell 0.25% to 14058.26 points, the Properties Index dropped 0.45% to 1198 points and the Plantation Index down 0.40% to 7482.82 points. The market traded within a range of 14.51 points between an intra-day high of 1658.80 and a low of 1644.29 during the session.

This is the fourth consecutive day of decline for the index, in line with the weaker sentiments shadowing global market as investors turn cautious after the terror attack that hit Paris over the weekend.

FBM KLCI index fall consecutively for the forth day to close at 1,656.000

Across the board, 1.92 billion shares worth RM1.7 billion were exchanged. Decliners beat gainers at 597 against 347, while 308 counters remained unchanged.

The most actively traded stock was Instacom Group Bhd's warrant, INSTACO-WB, followed by the mother share and Hibiscus Petroleum Bhd. 

Hang Seng index's warrant HSI-HG led the gainers while the decliners were led by DanaInfra Nasional Bhd, United Plantations Bhd  and Panasonic Manufacturing Malaysia Bhd.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Market Daily Report [13 Nov 2015]

The FBM KLCI index lost 4.29 points or 0.26% on Friday to close at 1,658.910. The Finance Index fell 0.20% to 14093.2 points, the Properties Index dropped 0.82% to 1203.42 points and the Plantation Index down 0.12% to 7512.82 points. The market traded within a range of 13.14 points between an intra-day high of 1664.59 and a low of 1651.45 during the session.

FBM KLCI downtrend continues
The FBM KLCI decline, was in line with the dip at most regional markets and as the local economy grew at its slowest pace since the second quarter of 2013.

Most of the indices on Bursa Malaysia ended the day in red, except for technology and mining, which increased 0.24 points and 8.11 points respectively.

There were 339 gainers, 558 losers and 360 counters traded unchanged across the exchange today. Market breadth saw 2.21 billion shares traded, worth some RM2.14 billion.

Top 3 Gainers
Top gainers were led by Fraser & Neave Holdings Bhd, Panasonic Manufacturing Malaysia Berhad and Timedotcom Bhd, with F&N seeing an upside of 48 cents to close at 18.46.

Top 3 Losers
The top 3 losers were British American Tobacco (M) Bhd, Far East Holdings Berhad and Huat Lai Resources Berhad. 

Top 3 Active
The most active counter for the day was Instaco, with 103.08 million shares done.

Kenanga Research head of research Chan Ken Yew sees a rebound next week, as the KLCI downside gap has almost been filled.

“Based on the performance today, we do not discount the possibility of a slight rebound next week, if KLCI manage[s] to hold an uptrend support line, just to fill the upside gap of 1,674.7 points to 1,680.8,” he told today.

However, Chan warned there is still a minor downside risk, unless KLCI can overcome the 1,685-point level to gain a sustainable rebound.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Market Daily Report [12 Nov 2015]

The FBM KLCI closed 0.13% lower today at 1,663.200 as the index is weighed by losses in index-linked plantation stocks, making it the second consecutive day of decline.
FBMKLCI closed at 1,663.200

The Finance Index increased 0.46% to 14121.1 points, the Properties Index up 0.35% to 1213.34 points and the Plantation Index down 1.22% to 7521.61 points. The market traded within a range of 12.26 points between an intra-day high of 1670.03 and a low of 1657.77 during the session.

The index was dragged by losses in plantation stocks such as IOI Corp Bhd, PPB Group Bhd and Kuala Lumpur Kepong Bhd. The inventory numbers released by the Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB) yesterday were higher than expected, which did not bode well for the commodity's prices.

Across the board, a total of 2.14 billion shares worth RM1.85 billion were traded. Gainers beat decliners with 476 versus 409, while 353 counters were unchanged.

The most active stock was Instacom Group Bhd.

Top 3 Active counters today
The gainers were led by Tien Wah Press Holdings Bhd, while Petronas Dagangan Bhd led the decliners.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Market Daily Report [11 Nov 2015]

The FBM KLCI index lost 20.79 points or 1.23% on Wednesday. The Finance Index fell 1.86% to 14056.35 points, the Properties Index dropped 0.94% to 1209.09 points and the Plantation Index down 1.39% to 7614.28 points. The market traded within a range of 16.80 points between an intra-day high of 1674.68 and a low of 1657.88 during the session.

The index closed at 1,665.320.

Across Bursa Malaysia, decliners outweighed gainers by 710 against 279, while 254 counters remained unchanged.

The top losing counter was British American Tobacco (M) Bhd, while gainers were led by Petronas Dagangan Bhd. 

British American Tobacco (M) Bhd is the biggest decliner for the day

Petronas Dagangan Bhd led the gainers with an increase of 94 cents

Hibiscus Petroleum Bhd was the most actively traded counter today, with some 156.44 million shares done.

The FBM KLCI has dropped as investors concern over China's economic growth. Market breadth was negative amid absence of fresh catalyst. The decline of the crude oil also impacted the Bursa Malaysia. 

Reuters reported that Asian stock markets pulled back slightly on Wednesday after a mixed batch of Chinese data showed that growth in the world's second-biggest economy was still in low gear.

It also noted that oil prices resumed their decline on news that US crude stocks jumped last week.

Ringgit and plantation stocks on focus

The focus today will be on both the Ringgit against a much stronger US dollar and the plantation sector. The Malaysian Palm Oil Board will announce this week Oct inventory, output and export numbers, thus the spot light on the plantation sector.

Last Monday, the KLCI eked out a 0.41-point gain to settle at 1,686.11. Yesterday, the Malaysian stock market was closed for the Deepavali holiday.

However, overnight US dollar gains could put the ringgit in the spotlight today. The ringgit was last traded weaker at 4.3825 versus the US dollar.

The Ringgit on spot light against a stronger US dollar

Reuters reported that the prospect of a US rate hike sent the dollar to a seven-month high. A strong dollar eats into the overseas sales at US companies.

In overnight US share trades, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 0.16% to  17,758.21 points. Nasdaq Composite fell 0.24% to 5,083.24.

With the plantation shares like Sime Darby Bhd, Kuala Lumpur Kepong Bhd, IOI Corp Bhd and PPB Group Bhd account for substantial weightage in the 30-stock FBM KLCI, it will be interesting to see how the data will impact the index as a whole. 

CIMB Investment Bank Bhd said in a note Malaysia's Oct palm oil inventory could have climbed to a record 2.72 million tonnes from the preceding month as exports dropped at a faster pace than production.