Bursa set to stage technical rebound 
Published on: Monday, April 15, 2019

KUALA LUMPUR: Bursa Malaysia is likely to stage a technical rebound this week with the benchmark FTSE Bursa Malaysia KLCI (FBM KLCI) hovering at the 1,640 level.

Phillip Capital Management Malaysia Senior Vice-President (Investment) Datuk Dr Mohd Nazri Khan Adam Khan said foreign selling was seen decreasing to about RM318 million last week from about RM417 million last week, signalling the possibility of fresh demand this week.

“The latest US Federal Reserve (Fed) hints about little need to change interest rates for all of 2019, will also help to lift interest,” he told Bernama.

However, he said the weakening ringgit may pose some cautious stance this week.

On Friday, the ringgit stood 4.1120/1170 against the US dollar amid lingering worries over the disappointing February Industrial Production Index (IPI) data along with the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) recent downgrade of its global growth forecast.

The IMF trimmed global 2019 gross domestic product growth to 3.3 per cent from its previous forecast of 3.5 per cent made in January this year.

Meanwhile, Bank Islam Chief Economist Dr Mohd Afzanizam Abdul Rashid said recent high frequency indicators such as the IPI and exports indicated that the Malaysian economy had slowed further in the first quarter of 2019.

“Hence we think investors’ appetite will remain timid this week.

“It seems there will be a technical rebound, though it appears to be elusive for now given the heightened uncertainties on the horizon,” he said.

He said the GDP was likely to grow 4.2 per cent in the first quarter of this year. 

“As such, corporate results in the US should give us more clue and conviction on the current market dynamics,” Mohd Afzanizam added.

He said the ongoing US-China and US-European Union trade frictions would also be the main key risk factors alongside the uncertainty over Brexit after the deadline was extended to Oct 31, 2019. – Bernama



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