Saturday, August 17th, 2019


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Cautious mood to weigh on ringgit next week

KUALA LUMPUR: The ringgit is expected to trade in a cautious mood next week, while moving in a tight range of between 4.17 and 4.19 against the US dollar as sentiment for USD/MYR remained fragile.

Bank Islam Malaysia Bhd chief economist Dr Mohd Afzanizam Abdul Rashid said the ringgit gained some strength against the US dollar on Friday amidst external uncertainties, and due to the better-than-expected second quarter 2019 (2Q19) gross domestic product result, which came in at 4.9% against consensus estimates of 4.7%.

The GDP posting was mainly due to private consumption, while investments and government spending were largely tepid, he added.

“Net exports grew at double-digit pace, but, largely driven by a contraction in imports. So, on net growth, prospects are still highly uncertain as consumer spending momentum may not hold up in view of weak sentiments.

“Against such a backdrop, the USD/MYR remained fragile next week and the exchange rate would linger around RM4.17-RM4.19, as risk aversion is expected to remain prevalent,” he told Bernama.

For the week just-ended, the local market saw a volatile trading pattern with risk appetite mostly influenced by the external factors, especially developments in the US-China trade war.

The local market was closed on Monday in lieu of Hari Raya Aidiladha which fell on Sunday.

The ringgit ended the week higher at 4.1760/1810 against 4.1830/1860 recorded on last Friday on the back of the stronger 2Q19 gross domestic product results.

The local currency also traded firmer against most other major currencies.

It rose against the Singapore dollar to 3.0097/0140 from last Friday’s 3.0259/0285, improved versus the Japanese yen to 3.9230/9288 from 3.9522/9561 and edged up against the euro to 4.6283/6346 from 4.6858/6908.

The local currency, however, depreciated vis-a-vis the pound to 5.0763/0828 from 5.0763/0828 as appetite for the British currency strengthened on the country’s latest political developments, with the cross-party government measures being taken to avoid a no-deal Brexit.

The growing optimism over a substantial stimulus package by the European Central Bank also helped push British pound higher. — Bernama

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FBM KLCI to stay range-bound amid global volatility

KUALA LIMPUR: Bursa Malaysia is expected to trade range bound next week against the backdrop of global volatility and despite a stronger than expected second quarter gross domestic product (GDP) announcement.

Phillip Capital Management Senior Vice President (Investment) Datuk Dr Nazri Khan Adam Khan said the market barometer is expected to decline towards the 1580 points support level next week, driven by global weakness.

“The benchmark FTSE Bursa Malaysia (FBM KLCI) joined the global equities rout as recession fears begin to appear. This is due to inverted US treasury yields and concerns over the US economic health.

“Following the mixed performance across the globe, we expect the FBM KLCI to hold up at the 1,600 points level against a healthy domestic economic outlook,” he told Bernama.

He said on the technical front, the FBM KLCI showed a resilient break below the meaningful 1,600 points support.

“The local bourse charted a small “Bearish Harami” candlestick pattern near the aforementioned support mark, an indication that the bears are pushing against the bulls,” Nazri Khan said.

He also said the immediate support for the local bourse would stay near 1,580 points and conversely, the immediate resistance is located at 1,600 points, while the next resistance is seen at 1,630 points

For the holiday-shortened week, the FBM KLCI slid from its support level of 1,600 in tracking the performance of Wall Street with the Dow Jones Industrial Average falling more than three per cent in two days, while dubbed the worst fall of the year.

On Wednesday, the market temporarily rebounded, as US President Donald Trump delayed the extra tariffs that were expected to hit Chinese export goods to December 15.

However, the local bourse market faced contraction on Thursday again, in line with regional peers, due to heightened global uncertainty.

On Friday, the local market ended mixed backed by the better than expected second-quarter GDP which is expected to be a temporary catalyst for the FBM KLCI next week.

On a Friday to Friday basis, the FBM KLCI fell 15.83 points to 1,599.22 from 1,615.05.

Trading in the week was heavily influenced by Wall Street’s performance, the tariff delay by the US on Chinese goods, as well as Malaysia’s GDP announcement.

The FBM Emas Index declined 132.22 points to 11,308.11, the FBMT 100 Index slipped 127.22 points to 11,145.65 and the FBM Emas Shariah Index fell 83.35 points to 11,843.22.

The FBM 70 weakened 230.25 points to 14,074.12 and the FBM Ace Index declined 109.92 points to 4,587.72.

Sector-wise, the Financial Services Index slid 317.48 points to 15,524.51, the Plantation Index advanced 30.94 points to 6,758.37 and the Industrial Products and Services Index eased 2.92 points to 149.72.

Weekly turnover declined to 8.33 billion units with a value of RM6.6 billion compared with 12.45 billion units valued at RM10.11 billion.

Main Market volume contracted to 5.38 billion shares worth RM5.99 billion compared with 7.64 billion shares worth RM9.19 billion.

Warrants turnover also slid to 1.75 billion units worth RM499.52 million from 2.41 billion units valued at RM596.71 million.

The ACE Market volume also declined to 1.17 billion shares worth RM187.90 million compared with 2.40 billion shares valued at RM318.84 million. — Bernama

Global stock markets recover at end of turbulent week

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