Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Stocks to Watch Axis REIT, Chin Well, Bumi Armada, CIMB, Hartalega

KUALA LUMPUR (April 16): Malaysia's stock market benchmark could take the cue from external factors on Tuesday as global economic headwinds take centre stage in a still-fragile macro landscape.

Analysts said dynamics across the US, China and European countries will be closely watched as investors assess the impact from these major importing nations on world financial markets.

In Malaysia, it will be interesting to see whether domestic funds could offer adequate support to the FBM KLCI against a still-volatile global backdrop which have thrown most Asian indices into the red.

The FBM KLCI of 30 stocks fell 5.61 points to close at 1,597.51 on Monday.

Stocks to watch on Tuesday include Axis Real Estate Investment Trust (Axis REIT), Bumi Armada Bhd, CHIN WELL HOLDINGS BHD [], CIMB Group Holdings Bhd, and HARTALEGA HOLDINGS BHD [].

Axis REIT's first quarter net profit rose 27% from a year earlier, as a higher top line and a revaluation surplus mitigated the impact of higher expenses. In a statement to the exchange on Monday, Axis REIT said its net profit came to RM20.96 million in the quarter ended March 31, 2012 versus RM16.49 million previously while revenue was up 18% to RM32.29 million from RM27.25 million.

Bumi Armada will offer oil and gas support services to Russia-based OAO Lukoil in a deal worth an estimated U$200 million (RM614 million). In a statement to Bursa Malaysia on Monday, Bumi Armada said the job includes engineering, procurement, installation and pre-commissioning of subsea in-field and inter-field pipelines for the Filanovsky field in the Caspian Sea.

Chin Well, a screw and bolt manufacturer, plans to pay a tax-exempt interim dividend of 2% for the financial year ending June 30, 2012.

Reuters reported that CIMB will enter into an agreement to acquire a controlling 60% stake in the Philippines-based conglomerate San Miguel Corp's unlisted banking arm "soon", quoting a senior board member. The deal will allow San Miguel — the Philippines's most diverse conglomerate — to keep a minority stake in the unlisted bank while focusing on its new ventures such as power, mining, telecoms, infrastructure, and more recently, airlines.

RHB Research Institute Sdn Bhd has slashed its net profit forecast for Hartalega, a nitrile glove manufacturer, by between 6.1% and 18.5% for financial years 2012 till 2014. The research house said it has taken into account the glove manufacturer's lower capacity utilisation, and average selling prices apart for costlier raw material and higher net interest expenses.

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