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Lotte Chemical not seeing margin squeeze despite rising oil prices 

KUALA LUMPUR: Despite higher oil prices, petrochemical firm Lotte Chemical Titan Holdings Bhd foresees its profit margin remaining at a reasonable level given strong demand for petrochemical products with limited market supply capacity.

“Our business is a margin game. As long as there is strong demand with limited supply, the margin will be maintained. If oil prices go up, the polymer prices will pick up as well,” Lotte's executive vice president of corporate planning Philip Kong told reporters after the group's first AGM since its listing on July 11, 2017.

Kong expects oil prices to range between US$50 and US$70 per barrel this year.

“That's fine with our industry because we believe with demand, the market can absorb any increase in our polymer prices,” he explained.

Lotte produces olefins and polyolefins, which are raw materials for plastic product manufacturing.

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PETALING JAYA: Foreign investors lapped up RM580.2 million net worth of Bursa Malaysia-listed stocks last week, excluding off-market deals, bucking the trend of US$1.9 billion (RM7.4 billion) offloaded by foreign investors in seven exchanges in the region tracked by MIDF Research.

The highlight of the week was on Thursday when foreign investors pumped RM430 million net into Bursa Malaysia stocks, the highest amount since March last year.

Heavy inflows were also seen in other Asian bourses amid increasing Brent crude oil prices.The FBM KLCI followed the tide of foreign fund inflows to end the day at a record high of 1,895 points.

Malayan Banking, IHH Healthcare and Malaysia Airports Holdings recorded the highest amount of inflows from foreign investors last week.

On a year-to-date basis, foreigners have so far accumulated RM3.44 billion net of local equities. Meanwhile, foreign investors have been net buyers in 13 out of the 16 weeks this year compared with 14 during the same period in 2017.

Both foreign and retail participation remained healthy as both of their average daily trade value stood above the RM1 billionb level for the 15th and 12th week so far in 2018, respectively.

Ringgit extends losses against US dollar

KUALA LUMPUR: The ringgit extended its losses against the US dollar today weighed by rising US bond yields, a dealer said.

At 6pm, the ringgit was quoted at 3.8965/8995 from 3.8950/9000 on Friday.

OANDA Head of Trading in Asia-Pacific, Stephen Innes, said a rising US bond yields buoyed the US dollar despite higher oil prices which usually played favourably for the ringgit.

“Higher US yields have played a role in supporting the US dollar as surging oil prices make for a compelling inflationary storyline,” he said.

US 10-year Treasury yield touched a peak of 2.979%, the highest since January 2014, adding to gains made last week after US Federal Reserve officials signalled further interest rate increases in 2018 following solid growth in US economy.

The ringgit, however, ended mostly higher against a basket of major currencies.

The local note rose against the Singapore dollar to 2.9452/9481 from 2.9624/9665 on Friday and appreciated against the yen to 3.6005/6043 from 3.6172/6229 previously.

It strengthened against the British pound to 5.4411/4464 from 5.4779/4865 on Friday and vis-a-vis the euro, it advanced to 4.7658/7706 from 4.7909/7982 previously. — Bernama