Thursday, 8 March 2012

KLCI lags key regional markets’ recovery

KUALA LUMPUR (March 8): Key regional markets racked up gains of up to more than 2% on Thursday, as investors’ sentiment was boosted by hopes that Greece could avert a default and positive news on the US economy.

However, the FBM KLCI lagged the regional markets and managed to close up only 3.53 points or 0.22% to 1,578.36, after falling 15.08 points – the worst loss for this year – on Wednesday. Turnover was 1.77 billion shares valued at RM1.76 billion. Advancing counters beat decliners 415 to 336 while 339 stocks were unchanged.

Reuters reported that in Europe, indications are major banks and pension funds are likely to take part in the Greek deal, easing concerns about a chaotic default. But some hedge funds and Greek pension funds are still holding out, injecting uncertainty before the deadline expires later in the day.

Greece aims to persuade 90% of creditors to take part in the bond swap. With two-thirds acceptance or more it may be able to trigger collective action clauses (CAC) to force bondholders to accept losses, an event that would have knock-on effects for banks but has largely been priced-in.

Among the key regional markets, the Nikkei 225 rose 2.01% to 9,768.96, Hang Seng Index 1.32% to 20,900.70, Shanghai Composite Index 1.06% to 2,420.28, Taiwan’s Taiex 1.03% to 7,984.56, South Korea’s Kospi 0.94% to 2,000.76 and Singapore’s Straits Times Index 1.96% to 2,970.38.

At Bursa Malaysia, penny stocks fell in active trade as traders decided to stay on the sidelines. Recent leaders Naim Indah Corp and HWGB fell in active trade while recent IPO China Stationery Ltd continued to lose ground.

Naim Indah fell 2.5 sen to 63 sen with 360 million shares done. clarified on Thursday there was no proposal from new major shareholder Datuk Raymond Chan Boon Siew to inject new development projects into the company.

CSL lost 10 sen to RM1 on continued selling as the allure of the second listing on Bursa Malaysia, which would have brought Chnia stocks back into focus, seemed to have faded. Its IPO price was 95 sen when it was listed on Feb 24 and it rose to a high of RM1.39 on Feb 28.

Mild buying of blue chips saw Tenaga adding seven sen to RM6.26, CIMB five sen to RM7.36 and Sime four sen to RM9.84. Their gains pushed the KLCI up by 2.34 points. Genting added six sen to RM10.80 and Genting Malaysia three sen to RM3.86.

PLANTATION []s rose on firmer crude palm oil prices, which rose RM34 to RM3,293, the highest since Feb 28. PPB added 16 sen to RM16.90, Sungai Bagan 12 sen to RM3, Far East and United Plantations 10 sen each to RM7.40 and RM24.50. However, Batu Kawan fell six sen to RM18.64.

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