Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Stocks to watch: Sin Heng Chan, Ramunia, MMC, asiaEP

KUALA LUMPUR (March 13) : Malaysian stocks could encounter downward pressure on Wednesday as investors turned cautious on the technical dynamics of the local market. Analysts believe any gains on the FBM KLCI could be stifled by profit taking amid a downside bias perception on the local benchmark.

In a note on Tuesday, Hong Leong Investment Bank Bhd research head Low Yee Huap said the research firm had changed its stance from positive to cautious as it foresees more profit taking consolidation in the local stock market.

Low said “the bears look stronger now” against a backdrop of weaker technical readings in the FBM KLCI.

On Tuesday, anticipation of better US retail sales numbers had spurred Asian stock markets and crude oil prices. Notable gainers include Hong Kong’s Hang Seng which rose 0.97% to close at 21,339.7 points and Australia’s S&P / ASX 200 which climbed 1.21% to 4247.62 while Taiwan’s Taiex was up 1.31% to 8031.51.

Malaysia’s FBM KLCI of 30 blue chip stocks which rose as much as 0.3% to an intraday high of 1569.15 points, however pared earlier gains to settle with a 0.73 point loss to 1564.02 points.

Stocks to watch on Wednesday include Sin Heng Chan (M) Bhd, RAMUNIA HOLDINGS BHD [], MMC CORPORATION BHD [],asiaEP Resources Bhd, Lafarge Malayan Cement Bhd , GEFUNG HOLDINGS BHD [] and YTL Corp Bhd.

Shares of Sin Heng Chan surged on Tuesday, prompting a query from Bursa Malaysia securities over the unusual market activity.

Its share price closed up 29.5 sen to RM1.10 with 8.48 million units done. However, the company said it was unaware of any reason for the unusual market activity.

Ramunia’s unit has secured a RM23.62 million contract from Aquaterra Energy Ltd to fabricate two wellhead support structures.

Gas Malaysia Bhd is seeking a further extension of six months until Oct 6 from the Securities Commission to complete the proposed listing exercise. MMC Corporation said Gas Malaysia had applied to the SC for its approval for the six-month extension.

West River Capital Sdn Bhd (WRC) has rejected TSM GLOBAL BHD []’s request for better offer terms including the price and this has seen the latter resolving to consider other offers.

TSM said WRC’s offer price would remain at RM1.25 per share.

asiaEP’s major shareholder Tian Ee Intertrade Sdn Bhd has made a requisition for an EGM following the company’s decision to terminate its planned private placement, the firm said in statement to Bursa Malaysia on Tuesday. asiaEP shares rose 0.5 sen to close at nine sen.

RHB Research Institute has upgraded LAFARGE MALAYAN CEMENT BHD [] from an underperform to market perform and revised upwards its fair value by 25% from RM5.94 to RM7.43. The research house has also raised its earnings forecast for the cement producer by between 3% and 21% for FY12 to FY14 period. Lafarge shares rose five sen to RM7.26.

Bahamas-based Golden Knights International Ltd emerged a a major shareholder in marble products manufacturer Gefung Holdings Bhd with a 5.11% stake. This follows Golden Knights’ acceptance of its entitlement from Gefung’s rights issue. Gefung shares added one sen to 17.5 sen

YTL Corp Bhd saw heavy trading after its unit YTL Communications Sdn Bhd was reported to be in the midst of implementing the 1Bestarinet project in government schools. The initiative involves the setting up of Internet access to enable virtual learning environment in public schools. Shares of YTL Corp were up two sen to RM1.68 with some 21 million shares done.

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