Bursa Malaysia to trade cautiously next week

On a Friday-to-Friday basis, the benchmark FBM KLCI settled 46.41 points weaker at 1,730.74. — Picture Ahmad Zamzahuri
On a Friday-to-Friday basis, the benchmark FBM KLCI settled 46.41 points weaker at 1,730.74. — Picture Ahmad Zamzahuri

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 13 ― Bursa Malaysia is likely to trade cautiously next week with domestic and external factors continuing to dictate the market, said analysts.

 Inter-Pacific Securities Sdn Bhd Head of Research Pong Teng Siew said the market would be dependent on how the US market performed at its close yesterday.

“If the Dow Jones Industrial Average manages to follow through on tonight’s rebound and if the rebound was strong enough, then there might be enough appetite for investors to take risks. 

“But if the recovery tonight is not very convincing, then that could set the stage for more selling on Monday. I think investors would want to wait and see what happens in the US markets (at its close on Friday),” he told Bernama. 

Pong noted that Budget 2019 had been viewed with quite an anticipation in the market.

“There was talk about more taxes to clear the government’s debts. This is introducing a bit of uncertainty in the market, as to whether the market thinks these taxes are going to be painful enough or there will be only a small increase in taxes.

“But most investors are waiting to see how much of an increase in revenue raising the government is going to engage in,” he added.  

Meanwhile, OANDA Head of Trading in Asia Pacific Stephen Innes said the US Treasury Department would release its currency report on Monday, with some rumours saying they would not classify China as a currency manipulator.

“This could avert an emerging Asia currency meltdown and would forestall an escalation of the US-China trade war. We will have a much more positive tone provided there is no currency manipulation noise from President Trump,” he added.

Innes said Budget 2019 headlines would intensify ahead of its announcement on November 2, and this could keep investors nervous. 

In the week just ended, Bursa Malaysia underwent a volatile week, starting on a weak note on Monday on the back of rising US government bond yields and a weak Chinese market after its Golden Week.

Further weaknesses shrouded the market on Wednesday in line with Wall Street’s declining performance on fears of rising interest rates. The local market recovered yesterday on bargain hunting activities.

On a Friday-to-Friday basis, the benchmark FBM KLCI settled 46.41 points weaker at 1,730.74.

The FBM Emas Index lost 425.77 points to 11,981.86, the FBMT100 Index fell 405.01 points to 11,809.62 and the FBM Emas Shariah Index depreciated 522.86 points to 11,988.96.

The FBM 70 contracted 819.03 points to 13,860.09, while the FBM Ace gave up 222.04 points to 5,008.02.

On a sectoral basis, the Finance Index eased 183.5 points to 17,528.62, the Plantation Index was 70.63 points easier at 7,411.80, and the Industrial Products and Services Index eased 5.40 points to 171.60.

Weekly turnover increased to 10.15 billion units valued at RM10.68 billion against 9.2 billion units worth RM9.18 billion.

Main Market volume was slightly higher at 6.71 billion shares worth RM10.03 billion versus 6.33 billion shares worth RM8.49 billion last Friday.

Warrants turnover appreciated to 1.90 billion units worth RM357.70 million from 1.64 billion units valued at RM392.29 million.

The ACE Market volume gained to 1.57 billion shares valued at RM289.37 million compared to 1.54 billion shares worth RM297.83 million.  ― Bernama