Foreign buying on Bursa last week hit 5½-month high

PETALING JAYA: Foreign funds upped the ante on Bursa during the four-day trading week, acquiring RM514.8 million net of local last week, the largest weekly foreign net inflow recorded in 22 weeks.

“In fact, Malaysia attracted the biggest weekly foreign net inflow amongst the Asean markets (Thailand, the Philippines and Indonesia) we monitor,” MIDF Research said in its fund flow report today.

Marginal foreign net attrition worth RM1.1 million was seen on Tuesday as sentiment was dampened by US President Donald Trump’s move to slap a 10% tariff on about US$200 billion (RM826 billion) worth of imports effective from Sept 24 until 2019 when the levy is hiked to 25%. As a result, the local bourse lost 0.60% to close below 1,800 that day.

Nevertheless, offshore funds turned net buyers thereafter until the week ended. Foreign investors first bought RM56.5 million net on Wednesday followed by RM151.6 million net on Thursday. Friday was the highlight of the week as foreign net buying doubled from the day before to RM307.8 million net, the largest in a day since July 31. Risk-on mood that day was driven by ’s rally to a record high overnight combined with Beijing’s plan for a broad import tax cut for the majority of its trading partners.

“With five more trading days left in September, the month has so far seen a foreign net outflow of RM146 million. Meanwhile, the year-to-date foreign net outflow from Bursa as of last Friday stood at RM8.7 billion, which is still the second lowest foreign outflow amongst the four Asean markets we monitor,” said MIDF.

Foreign investors were more active than retail and local institutions as its weekly average daily traded value (ADTV) was 13% higher at RM1.9 billion, the highest in 14 weeks.

Meanwhile the weekly ADTV of the retail market and institutions both declined by more than 10% but still remained above their healthy levels of RM800 million and RM2 billion, respectively.

Source: The Sun Daily

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