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FBM KLCI to trade higher next week on bullish divergence

KUALA LUMPUR: Bursa Malaysia is expected to trade higher next week on the back of bullish divergence.

Phillip Capital Management Senior Vice President (Investment) Datuk Dr Nazri Khan Adam Khan said this is a reversal pattern, which is an indication that the recent downtrend is nearing its end and the market is about to experience a fresh revival.

“The local bourse is expected to trend higher, remaining above the 1,600-point benchmark, which would also draw mild bargain hunting interest despite concerns over the global economic outlook amid the prolonged trade war,“ he told Bernama.

As the week just ended, the FTSE Bursa Malaysia (FBM KLCI) ended at a high note at 1,609.33, the highest since the slip on Aug 13 due to recession fears after Dow Jones Industrial Average slumped more than 800 points.

The local bourse persisted to break across the 1,600 resistance level backed by institutional support despite the backdrop of flattish regional markets as the trade war and recessions spooked investors

Going forward, Nazri said aside from continuous political turmoil in Hong Kong, the United Kingdom and Italy, investors are also cautiously awaiting US Federal Reserve chairman Jerome Powell’s speech at the annual Jackson Hole symposium about the outlook for interest rates.

The market would also react to the policies made during the G7 meeting in France over the weekend and the upcoming decision on whether or not Malaysia would remain in the World Government Bond Index (WGBI) in the coming week.

On Friday, the local market ended higher backed by institutional support in government-linked blue chips.

On a Friday-to-Friday basis, the FBM KLCI rose 10.11 points to 1609.33 from 1599.22.

Over the week, the market is was traded range-bound as the market was less enthusiastic pending further market direction especially from the Jackson Hole symposium and G7 meeting.

The FBM Emas Index recovered 78.04 points to 11386.15, the FBMT 100 Index added 73.68 points to 11,219.33 and the FBM Emas Shariah Index rose 80.97 points to 11,924.19.

The FBM 70 firmed 106.33 points to 14,180.45 and the FBM Ace Index declined 34.09 points to 4,555.63.

Sector-wise, the Financial Services Index expanded 130.82 points to 15,655.33, the Plantation Index advanced 83.32 points to 6,841.69 and the Industrial Products and Services Index inched up 0.85 point to 150.57.

Weekly turnover firmed to 10.32 billion units worth RM7.00 billion compared with 8.33 billion units valued at RM6.6 billion.

Main Market volume expanded to 6.95 billion shares worth RM6.28 billion from 5.38 billion shares worth RM5.99 billion.

Warrants turnover rose to 1.86 billion units worth RM421.67 million from 1.75 billion units worth RM449.52 million.

The ACE Market volume added 1.54 billion shares worth RM297.51 million from 1.17 billion shares worth RM187.90 million last week. – Bernama


Ringgit to trade within tight range next week

KUALA LUMPUR: The ringgit is expected to remain stuck in a tight range as the market seeks more direction from key US economic data expected to be released next week.

Bank Islam Malaysia Bhd chief economist Dr Mohd Afzanizam Abdul Rashid said a series of important economic indicators in the US will be out, including the second preliminary reading of second quarter 2019 gross domestic product data and the Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index.

“This would determine sentiments towards the upcoming Federal Open Market Committee meeting scheduled on Sept 17 and 18,“ he told Bernama.

Afzanizam said thus far, US economic indicators have been quite mixed, implying uncertainties over a possible cut in the Federal Funds Rate.

This, he said, would result in a strong dollar as the Fed may not be in a hurry to reduce the rates further.

Meanwhile, VM Markets Pte Ltd managing partner Stephen Innes expects the ringgit to trade with a negative bias within the range of 4.18 to 4.20.

“Unless we get a dovish surprise from the Federal Reserve. The prospect of a stronger dollar amid trade war uncertainty has turned views on the ringgit negative.

“The issue is the stronger greenback is playing into a weaker yuan and this is negative for Asia forex and the ringgit,“ he said, adding that the ringgit’s performance would also depend on Fed chair Powell’s policy messaging at the Jackson Hole symposium.

For the week just ended, the local market was mostly lower as investors cautiously awaited the Jackson Hole outcome and developments in the US-China trade war.

The ringgit ended the week weaker at 4.1900/1930 from 4.1760/1810 recorded last Friday.

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

It was down against the Singapore dollar to 3.0213/0237 from 3.0097/0140 and depreciated versus the Japanese yen to 3.9284/9327 from 3.9230/9288

The local unit also edged down vis-to-vis the pound to 5.1147/1201 from 5.0763/0828 and dropped against the euro to 4.6333/6383 from 4.6283/6346. – Bernama


Bursa Malaysia to trade higher next week on bullish divergence

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 24 ― Bursa Malaysia is expected to trade higher next week on the back of bullish divergence. Phillip Capital Management Senior Vice President (Investment) Datuk Dr Nazri Khan Adam Khan said this is a reversal pattern, which is an…


DRB-Hicom turns black in Q1 with RM46.21m net profit

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 23 — DRB-Hicom Bhd returned to the black with a net profit of RM46.21 million in the first quarter (Q1) ended June 30, 2019 after having chalked up a net loss of RM66.60 million in the same period last year. Revenue jumped 29.5…


Bursa Malaysia ends at intra day high on institutional support

KUALA LUMPUR: Bursa Malaysia ended at an intra-day high backed by institutional support in selected heavyweights, especially government-linked counters.

The benchmark FTSE Bursa Malaysia (FBM KLCI) ended 0.42% or 6.86 points higher at 1,609.33, after trading between it and the lowest point of 1,594.59.

The market barometer opened 6.70 points lower at 1,595.77.

Market breadth, however, was on a negative note as losers slightly outpaced gainers by 400 to 381, with 397 counters unchanged, 780 untraded and 13 others suspended.

Turnover was slightly lower at 2.01 billion units worth RM1.74 billion compared with 2.04 billion units worth RM1.75 billion yesterday.

Bank Islam chief economist Dr Mohd Afzanizam Abdul Rashid said that the local bourse ended in range-bound trading as the market was less enthusiastic pending further market direction.

“It seems that 1600 points remains as the psychological level, and it remained steady as it was supported by local institutional funds.

“At the moment, investors especially retail are very cautious about the external environment as there have been clear signs of a global economic slowdown,” he told Bernama.

He added that the government is now conducting demand management to help the economy to grow.

“While the intervention is welcome, the markets are very cautious especially areas relating to the trade war which is very edgy. At this juncture, a second rate cut by the central bank is quite possible,” he said.

On the local bourse, Tenaga Nasional rose 10 sen to RM13.76, IHH and CIMB Group gained one sen to RM5.68 and RM5.07 respectively, Maybank added eight sen to RM8.64 and Petronas Chemicals added two sen to RM7.22.

As for actives, Ekovest expanded four sen to 84.5 sen, Iskandar Waterfront leaped eight sen to 95 sen, AirAsiaX slid one sen to 18.5 sen and Dayang Enterprise lost three sen to RM1.49.

The FBM Ace declined 94.01 points to 4,553.63, the FBM 70 advanced 44.50 points to 14,180.45, the FBM Emas Index recovered 47.36 points to 11,386.15, the FBM Emas Shariah Index appreciated 54.24 points to 11,924.19 and the FBMT 100 Index was 44.84 points higher at 11,219.33.

Sector-wise, the Financial Services Index strengthened 67.22 points to 15,655.33, the Plantation Index rose 69.04 points to 6,841.69, and the Industrial Products and Services Index was 0.18 point higher at 150.57.

Main Market volume increased slightly to 1.38 billion units worth RM1.60 billion from 1.31 billion units worth RM1.60 billion, compared with yesterday’s 1.27 billion units worth RM1.47 billion.

Warrants turnover decreased to 369.33 million units worth RM82.98 million from 404.69 million units worth RM95.73 million yesterday.

Volume on the ACE Market declined to 354.58 million units worth RM54.87 million from 317.62 million units worth RM55.75 million yesterday.

Consumer products and services accounted for 247.14 million shares traded on the Main Market, industrial products and services (163.94 million), construction (253.59 million), technology (122.17 million), SPAC (nil), financial services (37.88 million), property (168.03 million), plantations (15.29 million), REITs (10.82 million), closed/fund (nil), energy (187.54 million), healthcare (21.57 million), telecommunications and media (111.80 million), transportation and logistics (26.11 million), and utilities (19.55 million).

The physical price of gold as at 5.00pm stood at RM194.91 per gramme, down five sen from RM194.96 at 5.00pm yesterday. — Bernama


Petronas Dagangan Q2 net profit slips to RM172.75m

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 23 — Petronas Dagangan Bhd’s net profit slipped to RM172.75 million in the second quarter ended June 30, 2019 (Q2 2019) from RM314.42 million, mainly due to lower gross profit coupled with higher operating expenditure and lower…


Ringgit ends easier in cautious trade

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 23 — The ringgit closed lower against the US dollar today as market players await more clues on the global monetary policy direction from the highly-anticipated Jackson Hole symposium. At 6pm, the ringgit finished at 4.1900/1930…


Petronas Dagangan Q2 net profit shrinks on higher opex

KUALA LUMPUR: Petronas Dagangan Bhd’s (PDB) net profit for the second quarter ended June 30, 2019 fell 45.06% to RM172.75 million from RM314.42 million a year ago due to lower gross profit coupled with higher operating expenditure and lower other income.

Its revenue for the quarter increased by 5% to RM7.61 billion from RM7.28 billion. PDB boosted overall sales volume by 8% against the corresponding quarter last year. It declared an interim dividend of 14 sen per share for the quarter.

For the six months period, its net profit dropped 12.94% year-on-year to RM463.95 million from RM532.90 million, while revenue was up 2.40% to RM14.69 million versus RM14.35 million in the previous year.

Managing director and CEO Datuk Seri Syed Zainal Abidin Syed Mohd Tahir said amidst a challenging market environment, it has continued to boost its overall sales volume and this is strong testament to the effectiveness of its business strategies and the quality of its products.

He said mogas volume alone increased by 6% quarter-on-quarter and this reflects the confidence for its new fuel, Petronas Primax 95 with Pro-drive, since launched in January this year.

“Nevertheless, we are cognisant of the impact that the continued volatility of oil price, economic condition and consumers’ sentiment will have on PDB’s overall profitability, and growing our volume will remain our key strategic focus,” he said in a statement.

Syed Zainal anticipated that the market will remain challenging but will continue to push for volume growth through leveraging its newly launched fuel and lubricants, its extensive supply and distribution chain as well as vast network of stations and partners.

“Over and above this, we remain committed to increase profitability by leveraging strategic partnerships to grow our non-fuel offerings. We will continue to increase station throughput by providing seamless and frictionless customer experience through our digital innovation,” Syed Zainal said.


Malakoff posts RM52.25m net profit for Q2

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 23 — Malakoff Corporation Bhd’s net profit was marginally lower at RM52.25 million for the second quarter ended June 30, 2019, from RM52.55 million recorded in the same period last year. Revenue also declined to RM1.81 billion…


Malakoff’s Q2 earnings flat at RM52.25m

KUALA LUMPUR: Malakoff Corp Bhd’s net profit for the second quarter ended June 30, 2019 dipped 0.57% to RM52.25 million compared with RM52.55 million a year ago primarily attributed to lower contribution from Tanjung Bin Energy Sdn Bhd (TBE) coal plant as a result of the plant’s 73-day scheduled maintenance outage and rectification works as well as lower contributions from associates investments.

The group recorded RM1.81 billion in revenue, a 6.6% decrease from RM1.94 billion reported in the corresponding quarter last year, primarily due to lower energy payment recorded from TBE coal plant following the plant’s 73-day scheduled maintenance outage and rectification works performed from March 31, 2019 to June 12, 2019.

For the six months period (1H19), its net profit jumped 13.09% to RM129.25 million from RM105.45 million a year ago primarily attributed to improved contribution from TBE power plant, lower barging and demurrage costs following timely completion of the coal unloading jetty and lower net finance costs.

It recorded a revenue of RM3.82 billion, an increase of 7.7% compared with RM3.55 billion reported in the corresponding period of the preceding year primarily due to higher energy payment recorded from Tanjung Bin Power Sdn Bhd power plant on the back of higher applicable coal price.

The Malakoff board of directors also approved the payment of an interim dividend of 2.44 sen per share in respect of the financial year ending Dec 31, 2019.

Malakoff CEO Datuk Ahmad Fuaad Kenali said it will continue to focus on improving the efficiency of its power plants going forward. The group recently completed the 73-day scheduled outage at TBE power plant to undertake major rectification works. This is expected to increase the resilience and reliability of the power plant.

“As part of Malakoff’s strategic growth initiative, the recent acquisition of Khazanah Nasional Bhd’s stake in Shuaibah 3 Independent Water and Power Plant and Shuaibah 3 Expansion Independent Water Plant projects will increase the group’s overall power generation and water production capacity to 6,708MW and 544,375 m3/day, respectively,” he said in a statement.