Market Review for KLCI: The FTSE Bursa Malaysia Kuala Lumpur Composite index lost 4.10 points or 0.25% on Tuesday. The Finance Index fell 0.45% to 14189.02 points, the Properties Index up 0.24% to 1158.54 points and the Plantation Index down 0.15% to 6994.46 points. The market traded within a range of 13.17 points.
The KLCI closed down at 1635.37 points more than one-week low as Southeast Asian stock markets mostly fell. Market sentiment remained bearish after ringgit continues to slide and as crude oil prices dropped.
Market forecast for KLCI: The FBM KLCI index is expected to trade sideways as the investors sentiments can remain cautious after the FED officials comment on the interest rate hike, however if market finds fresh leads in coming session then it may give a positive movement.
KLCI COUNTER SPECIFIC NEWS :
- External pressures and not public debt are one of the issues that may cause rating agencies to rethink their ratings on Malaysia at present, said Fitch Ratings managing director and global head of sovereign and supranational group.
- The ringgit opened lower against a rejuvenated US dollar today.
- Oil markets have seesawed since the beginning of the week, torn between data that points towards a bottoming out of prices following an over 50 percent fall over the last year.
- Alliance Financial Group Bhd (AFG) is planning to raise RM4 billion from a bond issue for general banking and working capital requirements as well as to finance existing debt redemption.
- Berjaya Land Bhd saw its net profit for the first quarter ended July 31, 2015 drop 74% to RM9.91 million, from RM37.66 million a year ago, mainly due to higher prize payout coupled with the absorption of Goods and Services Tax (GST) expense, lower revenue from hotels and resorts business and higher finance costs.
- Affin Hwang has downgraded FGV to Sell form Hold after the recent surge in the company’s share price.
GLOBAL FACTORS AND WORLD INDICES:
- Shares in Hong Kong rose Tuesday following gains in New York after top Federal Reserve officials moved to reassure dealers about the US economy after being spooked by last week’s decision to hold interest rates. The Hang Seng Index climbed 0.18 per cent, or 39.65 points, to close at 21,796.58.
- China stocks rebounded for the second day on Tuesday, in a further sign of improving investor sentiment that may help the market gradually stabilise after the rout since mid-June.
- Asian shares rose on Tuesday and the dollar held steady as US markets bounced back and the European Central Bank said it was prepared to ease monetary policy further.
- Taiwan stocks rose on Tuesday mostly following overseas markets and some bargain hunting after the previous day’s losses, but further gains were capped due to uncertainties ahead of the central bank’s policy meeting.
- The introduction of a new accounting standard for financial instruments will be challenging for the banking industry, especially when it comes to modeling for expected losses, the European Central Bank’s supervisory chief said on Tuesday.
- The dollar advanced against the euro and other leading currencies Monday on comments from US central bankers who continue to eye a 2015 interest rate increase.
- US home resales fell more than expected in August, a cautionary sign for the US housing market which has recently looked on stronger footing. The National Association of Realtors said on Monday existing home sales dropped 4.8 per cent to an annual rate of 5.31 million units.
- Gold steadied below a near three-week high on Tuesday, retaining overnight losses as Asian equities and the dollar edged higher and as investors worried over the possibility of a US interest rate hike later this year.
- Oil prices rebounded on Monday , looked like a technical correction from heavy losses last week as the basic global oversupply picture remained intact.