Foreign funds maintain buying momentum on Bursa

PETALING JAYA: Foreign investors continued with the purchase of Malaysian for the fourth consecutive week last week ended Jan 19, although the level seems to be gradually decreasing, MIDF Research said.

Based on preliminary data from Bursa, which excluded off market deals, foreign investors acquired RM702.2 million net amount last week, lower than the RM772.2 million net bought in the week before.

“Last week, foreign investors were net buyers on all five trading days,” the research house said in its fund flow report today.

It said foreign buying peaked on Tuesday as foreign investors pumped in RM227.2 million net of funds, tracking gains from Asian markets such as the Kospi, which gained 0.72% and attracted the highest amount of funds during the week at US$307.4 million (RM1.2 billion) net.

Moreover, MIDF Research said the oil prices stood firm at US$69.15 per barrel (pb) despite retreating from its December 2014 high of US$70.26 pb.

However, on Wednesday it said there was a big dip in buying activity as the net inflow retreated to RM37.5 million net, the lowest in a day since Dec 26, 2017.

“We note that on this day, bucked the trend as other regional peers, namely Taiwan, Thailand and the Philippines experienced an increase in foreign inflows.” Nonetheless, it said foreign buying regained its momentum on the next two days, hovering above the RM100 million mark.

“The highlight was on Friday, when fears of a US government shutdown were looming, but foreign investors still bought RM111.3 million net on that day, which coincided with the Bursa’s highest daily gain in nine days of 0.4% combined with the ringgit hitting the strongest since May 2016 as markets priced in a probability of a rate hike by the Monetary Policy Committee this week,” it noted.

Meanwhile, it said foreign participation remained active as the foreign average daily trade value (ADTV) stood above the RM1 billion mark for the third week running despite a 20% weekly decline.

The retail ADTV also remained elevated at RM1.76 billion, marking the fourth week above the RM1 billion level, it added.

Source: The Sun Daily

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