Bursa Malaysia to move upwards with fund inflow next week

23 Dec 2017 / 13:16 H.

KUALA LUMPUR: Bursa Malaysia is expected to move upwards, supported by the firmer ringgit against the US dollar and the continuation of foreign fund inflow, said a dealer.
Affin Hwang Investment Bank Vice-President and Head of Retail Research Datuk Dr Nazri Khan Adam Khan said the country received a net fund inflow of RM10 billion this year after experiencing outflows in the last three years.
He said year-to-date, the ringgit appreciated about 10% against the greenback, while Bursa Malaysia grew by eight percent.
"I expect the FTSE Bursa Malaysia KLCI (FBM KLCI) to move up to 1,780 level before the first week of 2018 as investors are snapping out stocks before year-end," he told Bernama.
Besides that, Nazri Khan said recovery in commodity prices, including Brent crude and crude palm oil (CPO) also translated into a strong sentiment for Malaysia.
"Against these backdrop of strength, I believe the local market should be able to play catch-up with the rest of the world," he told Bernama.
Nazri Khan also expects economic growth to remain healthy with a five percent growth expected next year.
On the external front, he said the major US tax cuts approved this week were expected to spur American economy, besides having a spillover effect on emerging markets like Malaysia.
On a Friday-to-Friday comparison, the FBM KLCI gained 7.17 points to 1,760.24, with the market being mostly influenced by window dressing and profit-taking ahead of the festive season.
The FBM Emas Index improved 72.91 points to 12,661.75, the FBMT 100 Index increased 77.42 points to 12,334.27, the FBM Emas Syariah Index surged 120.14 points to 13,010.87, the FBM 70 bagged 189.73 points to 15,650.44 and the FBM Ace added 37.08 points to 6,465.50.
On a sectoral basis, the Finance Index rose 8.32 points to 16,594.83, the Plantation Index improved 90.29 points to 7,900.40, while the Industrial Index advanced 12.37 points to 3,192.53.
Total turnover increased to 12.22 billion shares worth RM10.94 billion from 11.07 billion units worth RM13.65 billion last week.
Main Market volume slipped to 6.45 billion shares worth RM9.92 billion from to 7.09 billion shares valued at RM12.96 billion.
Warrants turnover was up at 1.03 billion units valued at RM178.09 million against last week's 974.17 million units worth RM126.08 million.
The ACE Market expanded to 4.61 billion shares worth RM804.24 million from 2.95 billion shares valued at RM546.69 million transacted previously.
Gold futures contract on Bursa Malaysia Derivatives is likely to trade higher next week on renewed buying interest ahead of the year-end.
Phillip Futures Sdn Bhd Dealer Chang Hui Ying said the local gold futures were expected to have more trading volume next week after the long Christmas weekend and at the last business week of the year.
"Bursa Malaysia gold would track the steadily trading COMEX gold, with its support seen at RM164.00 a gramme and resistance is at RM169.00 a gramme," Chang told Bernama.
On a Friday-to-Friday basis, December 2017 rose 20 ticks to RM167.10 a gramme, while January 2018, February 2018 and March 2018 increased 24 ticks each to RM167.70, RM168.40 and RM169.10 a gramme, respectively.
Weekly turnover eased to 14 lots worth RM199,190 from 18 lots worth RM280,320 last week, while open interest on Friday was lower at 103 contracts against 105 contracts previously. — Bernama


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