The FBM KLCI index lost 10.71 points or 0.65% on Thursday. The Finance Index fell 0.25% to 14107.75 points, the Properties Index dropped 0.45% to 1180.61 points and the Plantation Index down 1.22% to 7358.69 points. The market traded within a range of 12.54 points between an intra-day high of 1661.19 and a low of 1648.65 during the session.
The KLCI extended its losing streak for the third day after closing lower at 1648.65 points amid overnight losses in US market. Market sentiment was muted as oil prices continued to slide.
Market forecast for KLCI:
The KLCI index is expected to end the week with bearish sentiments on the back of the week global economical outlook, technically the index had crossed the level of 1660-1657 and it can drop further in near term.
KLCI COUNTER SPECIFIC NEWS :
- Malaysia palm oil futures closed lower on Wednesday as traders squared positions ahead of key supply and demand data fr U.S and Malaysia.
- Country Heights Holdings Bhd (CHHB) has inked a joint venture agreement with Galaxus Corp Sdn Bhd (Galaxus) and Tan Sri Lee Kim Tiong.
- EG Industries Bhd is disposing of six parcels of unexpired leases of industrial land, measuring 6.28ha in Bandar Kuala Ketil in Kedah, for RM9 million to calcium-based chemical product manufacturer and trader Schaefer Kalk (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd.
- SP Setia Bhd,the country's biggest listed property developer by sales, is confident it can achieve its RM4 billion sales target for this year, underpinned by RM9.5 billion of unbilled sales.
- Kumpulan Perangsang Selangor Bhd’s (KPS) independent director Rosely @ Mohamed Ross Mohd Din told shareholders that the Selangor state-owned investment holding company will find a new business to invest in, after the disposal of its 90.83% stake in Titisan Modal (M) Sdn Bhd, which wholly owns the water treatment operator Konsortium ABASS Sdn Bhd.
- PUC Founder (MSC) Bhd (PUCF) has obtained the approval from Bursa Securities and the Securities Commission Malaysia (SC) for its proposed renounceable rights issue of irredeemable convertible unsecured loan stock (ICULS), with warrants to raise up to RM83.9 million.
- SCGM Bhd posted a net profit of RM4.79 million for the financial second quarter ended Oct 31,2015 (2QFY16), a 57.6% increase from RM3.04 million a year ago, helped by favourable product mix, lower fuel cost and strengthening of US dollar against the ringgit.
- Berjaya Food Bhd net profit plummeted 96% to RM6.2 million or 1.65 sen per share in its second financial quarter ended Oct 31, 2015 (2QFY16), from RM163.60 million a year ago, due to the remeasurement gain of RM158.60 million last year and foreign exchange loss.
- Sanichi Technology Bhd shares surged 18.75% in early trade today after Sanichi yesterday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with German firm Protev International GmbH to form a joint venture in providing a one-stop product and service centre to all its customers worldwide in the manufacturing of plastic injection moulds and tools.
- Kimlun Corporation Bhd rose 2.08% this morning after AllianceDBS Research said renewed buying interest had emerged in Kimlun and that Kimlun had on Dec 9 traded higher to RM1.45 before closing near the day’s high at RM1.44 (up 6 sen or 4.34%).
- Transocean Holdings Bhd executive director Tan Swee Hock has voluntary resigned from his post effective yesterday after being charged by the Securities Commission Malaysia (SC) for insider trading.
GLOBAL FACTORS AND WORLD INDICES:
- A sense of unease spread across Asian stock exchanges Thursday with investors spooked by the sharp sell-off in oil sending most regional markets lower.With crude sitting around seven-year lows energy firms came under further pressure, following more losses on Wall Street.
- China shares ended lower on Thursday, giving up modest gains even after regulators reassured investors that reforms to company listings would not open a floodgate of new offerings.The CSI300 index of the largest listed companies in Shanghai and Shenzhen fell 0.4 per cent.
- Hong Kong shares weakened on Thursday, pulled lower by resource shares, as investors remained wary of falling commodity prices and ahead of a likely US interest rate rise next week.The Hang Seng index fell 0.5 per cent, to 21,704.61.
- Tokyo's benchmark stock index fell for a third straight session on Thursday as a strong yen dented exporters, and after Wall Street dropped on oil prices sinking to fresh seven-year lows.The Nikkei 225 at the Tokyo Stock Exchange sank 1.32 per cent, or 254.52 points, to 19,046.55 by the close.
- Australian shares fell 0.84 per cent on Thursday led by financials as stronger-than-expected jobs data further diminished the chances of a Reserve Bank rate cut.The S&P/ASX 200 index slipped 42.75 points to 5037.7 at the close of trade.
- Singapore GDP growth will remain lacklustre, reflecting a weaker outlook for China and Asean, as well as lower trend growth with domestic restructuring.The bank expects government measures in the property, transport and telecommunication sectors to be closely watched.
- Vehicle sales in China rose 20 per cent in November from a year earlier to 2.5 million vehicles, an industry association said on Thursday.The increase was the largest since October 2013 and compares with an 11.8 per cent rise in October and a 2.1 per cent increase in September.
- Oil prices edged up in Asia on Thursday following signs of a slight improvement in US demand but concerns that an oversupply will persist past next year kept the the commodity struggling at multi-year lows.
- The dollar eased against most rivals in Asian trade on Thursday, with commodity-linked units enjoying support from a slight uptick in oil prices, while its Australian counterpart surged on the back of a strong jobs report.
- Gold failed to log gains despite a 1.1 percent drop in the dollar index on Wednesday to its lowest in a month.