Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Stocks to Watch Ariantec, V S Industry, Grand-Flo, United Plantations, APM

KUALA LUMPUR (April 17): External factors may continue to have an upper hand in dictating the direction of Malaysian stocks on Wednesday. For now, dynamics of the European sovereign debt market will be closely watched, on concerns that Spain's rising bond yields could threaten the stability of the region's economy.

That, together with the landscape in the US and China, could have an impact on Asian financial markets, as investors evaluate the effects of these major global importers on emerging exporting nations like Malaysia.

The FBM KLCI of 30 stocks fell 1.32 points to close at 1,596.19 on Tuesday.

Stocks to watch Wednesday include Ariantec Global Bhd, V.S INDUSTRY BHD [], GRAND-FLO SOLUTION BHD [], United PLANTATION []s Bhd, and APM AUTOMOTIVE HOLDINGS BHD [].

Bursa Malaysia has queried information TECHNOLOGY [] firm Ariantec on the unusual trading patterns of the stock. It was the most actively traded stocks in the morning session on Tuesday.

V S Industry shares go ex-dividend on Wednesday. The electronic products contract manufacturer plans to pay a second interim single-tier dividend of two sen a share for financial year ending July 31, 2012.

Grand-Flo, an enterprise data collection and collation system solutions provider, plans to reward shareholders with a final dividend of 1.2 sen a share for financial year ended Dec 31, 2011. The firm said that the dividend proposed is in line with its dividend policy, which aims to distribute to its shareholders a minimum of 20% of the group's net profits for each financial year.

United Plantations plans to reward shareholders with a special and final dividend with a combined value of 60 sen a share for financial year ended December 31, 2011. United Plantations said the special portion comprises a 50% gross payment of the stock's par value of RM1 less 25% tax. This translates into 37.5 sen a share. The final dividend of 30% less tax, translates into 22.5 sen.

APM has established a wholly-owned subsidiary, PT APM Auto Components Indonesia, to undertake production and sale of automotive heat exchange products on an industrial lot at Suryacipta Industrial City in Karawang, West Java. It said the Indonesian authorities had approved the deed of establishment of the subsidiary, and that completion of the facility was expected by the end of 2012. Operations would commence in the second quarter of 2013.

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