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goldentriangle Dow Jones closed at 21,408.52 (-5.82)
11/07/2017 04:25
masterus US dollar pressured by Trump Jr emails, focus on Yellen testimony
Wednesday, July 12, 2017 - 09:11

2017-05-17T023921Z_1426918253_RC14402E6220_RTRMADP_3_GLOBAL-MARKETS.JPG The US dollar wobbled in early Asian trading on Wednesday as investors, already wary ahead Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen's testimony, digested emails released by President Donald Trump's eldest son suggesting he welcomed Russia's help in last year's election campaign. PHOTO: REUTERS
[TOKYO] The US dollar wobbled in early Asian trading on Wednesday as investors, already wary ahead Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen's testimony, digested emails released by President Donald Trump's eldest son suggesting he welcomed Russia's help in last year's election campaign.

Ms Yellen will give her semi-annual monetary policy testimony before Congress later on Wednesday and on Thursday, and investors will be parsing it for or clues on when the Fed will start reducing its massive balance sheet.

The US dollar index, which measures the US currency against a basket of six major rivals, was slightly lower on the day at 95.641.

Against its Japanese counterpart, the US dollar slipped 0.2 per cent to 113.675 yen, moving away from a four-month high of 114.495 yen marked on Tuesday.
12/07/2017 13:14
masterus U.S. Dollar Could Crash 20%
Tucker Higgins Tucker Higgins Follow Jul 11, 2017 5:46 PM EDT
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U.S. Dollar Could Fall Another 20%

Foreign-exchange expert Douglas Borthwick say the U.S. dollar might plunge another 20% in the second half, as he believes the Trump administration wants a weaker greenback that will benefit U.S. trade.

"We've got another 20% to go before I feel satisfied that the U.S. has reached that weaker-dollar policy," Borthwick, who writes about forex for TheStreet, said during our latest Trading Strategies roundtable for investors.

Borthwick, managing director of Chapdelaine FX, said that the dollar will have to fall lower for longer to help fulfill the Trump administration's stated goals of improving U.S. manufacturing.

He said the U.S. Dollar Index (^DXY) is lower than it was before Donald Trump's election, "but it's still not low enough. The weaker-dollar policy that the Trump administration is pursuing is based on making the U.S. competitive -- and it has to be competitive not just for a couple of months where the dollar is weak, but for the next four to eight years."

A declining U.S. dollar could boost sectors besides manufacturing, such as commodities, which are generally denominated in dollars. The dollar has been on a downward move since January compared to a basket of major currencies. The greenback is now at at its lowest point since September 2016, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.

President Trump has divided from his administration on dollar policy. Though Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin has said a strong dollar is good for the U.S. economy, Trump has said he prefers a weak dollar because that benefits manufacturing.
12/07/2017 13:15
masterus Oil rally eases as data show big drop in US crude stockpiles, rise in production
Crude inventories fell by 7.6 million barrels in the last week, compared with analysts' expectations for an decrease of 2.9 million barrels.
U.S. oil production ticked up by 59,000 barrels a day to nearly 9.4 million barrels a day.
OPEC said its oil output rose by 393,000 barrels per day in June, led by a rebound in Nigeria and Libya.
12/07/2017 22:55
masterus Oil Prices Could Head Back Over $50 Before Year End
Jul. 13, 2017 1:55 PM ET| Includes: USO

Long only, value


Growing U.S. petroleum exports could balance U.S. oil supply and demand more quickly than the market expects.
Oil and fuel storage in the U.S. could return to the middle of the range of the five-year-average based on the growth in exports.
The easiest and most direct way for investors to participate in a near-term rise in oil prices is to buy shares in the United States Oil Fund on the stock-market.
A surge in exports of oil and finished petroleum products could send West Texas Intermediate crude oil prices back over $50 per barrel before the end of the year. A recent New York Times article highlighted the new oil export terminal in Corpus Christi, Texas. According to the paper, "Suddenly buyers from all over the world are purchasing the new American supplies, from South Korea to India - even oil-rich Venezuela, which uses the light sweet crude that comes out of American shale to blend with its gooey heavy crude. The light crude is highly prized even while global oil markets are saturated."
14/07/2017 07:24
masterus S&P 500 2,459 +11.44 +0.47%
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Oil ends higher to tally a gain of more than 5% for the week
By Myra P. Saefong and Sara Sjolin
Published: July 14, 2017 3:06 p.m. ET


Nigeria supply setback, higher crude demand forecast lift prices
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Oil scored a weekly gain of more than 5% on Friday, as reports of supply issues in Nigeria and a higher forecast for crude demand helped send prices up for a fifth session in a row, to their highest finish in nearly two weeks.

August West Texas Intermediate crude CLQ7, +1.30% rose 46 cents, or 1%, to settle at $46.54 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. It rose roughly 5.2% for the week and settled at its highest since July 3, according to FactSet data. September Brent crude LCOU7, +1.38% on London’s ICE Futures exchange climbed 49 cents, or 1%, to $48.91 a barrel, with prices up about 4.7% from a week ago.
15/07/2017 16:01
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13 HOURS AGO by: Jessica Dye
The US dollar has fallen to its lowest point in nearly 10 months on the heels of soft data on inflation and retail sales that have dimmed expectations for a third interest-rate increase in 2017.

The dollar index — which measures the greenback against a basket of peer currencies — has declined 0.6 per cent on Friday, taking it to 95.15 — its lowest point since late September, according to Bloomberg data. The index is also on track for its steepest one-day slide since June 27.

The weak reports have thrown into question whether policymakers at the Federal Reserve have been right to see other soft economic data since the start of the year as “transitory”, justifying their decision to forge ahead, for now, on a planned course of interest-rate increases in 2017.
15/07/2017 16:05
masterus Dollar falls after US CPI, retail data disappoint
Reuters, New York
The dollar extended its earlier decline against a basket of major currencies on Friday, after weaker-than-forecast data on consumer prices and retail sales in June raised doubts about US economic growth and whether the Federal Reserve would raise interest rates again in 2017.

US consumer prices were unchanged in June and retail sales fell for a second straight month, pointing to tame inflation.

Economists had forecast the CPI edging up 0.1 percent last month and its drop of 0.1 percent in May and the lack of a rebound in June could trouble Fed officials who have largely viewed the recent moderation in price pressures as transitory.

"The CPI data begs the question, at what point does transitory becomes something that is more sustained, in terms of the softness," said Richard Franulovich, senior currency strategist at Westpac Banking Corp in New York.

The dollar index, which tracks the greenback against six major rivals, was down 0.5 to 95.248 after earlier falling to 95.186, its lowest since September 2016.
16/07/2017 10:04
masterus The ugly finish for the US dollar points to trouble ahead
Sun 16 Jul 2017 13:04:09 GMT Author: Adam Button | Category: News
Author: Adam Button

US dollar closed on the lows

No one stepped up to but the US dollar on Friday, it closed on the lows of very close against the euro, Australian dollar and the Canadian dollar. Sterling wasn't far away.

The market -- generally -- still likes the US dollar but a close on the weekly lows is a technical signal you can't ignore. Add in the breakouts against the pound, CAD and Aussie, and you have a recipe for a brutal week ahead.

What's even worse is that there is no top-tier data on the calendar to give USD a hand; and the Fed is in the communication blackout.
17/07/2017 12:10
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US dollar falls to 10-month low on doubts the Fed will raise rates again in 2017
Bets up that Federal Reserve is done increasing US interest rates
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UPDATED : Tuesday, 18 July, 2017, 9:58am


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The data boosted the Australian dollar given the country’s trade relationship with China, analysts said. The Aussie shot to a more than two-year high of US$0.7840, with bulls targeting the 200-week moving average around US$0.8018, before turning negative against the dollar and last trading down 0.3 per cent at US$0.7801.
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18/07/2017 10:46
masterus China’s tanks and soldiers ‘READY FOR WAR’ as army hurtles to border
CHINA has sent thousands of tanks and vehicles to its border amid fears of a looming explosive war.

By Henry Holloway / Published 19th July 2017
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CHINA: People's Liberation Army forces have been shipped a disputed border
Beijing has deployed the People’s Liberation Army to its western frontier over a deepening feud with rival India.

Military hardware has been shipped on freight trains to the Sikkim province as conflict looms.

The two nuclear-armed neighbours have been at each others throats as they both stake a claim to disputed lands on the border.

Soldiers and ground vehicles have been deployed as China carries out live fire drills in the Himalayas.
20/07/2017 10:30
masterus July 20, 2017 10:00 am JST
In a signal to China, India joins US-Japan naval exercises
Beijing's ramped-up Indian Ocean activity has New Delhi on 'full alert'
AKIRA HAYAKAWA, Nikkei staff writer
MUMBAI India is stepping up its guard against China on the high seas as well. In the Indian Ocean, on the sea route in China's "One Belt, One Road" initiative, a joint exercise was recently conducted by Japan, the U.S. and India.

The Indian navy sent an aircraft carrier to the event for the first time, and the exercise was carried out in mid-July with the American nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Nimitz and the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense warship Izumo, a helicopter carrier.

The joint exercises have been conducted intermittently since 2007, and the three countries all say they are not targeted at any specific country. However, they apparently hope to send a message to China. In particular, "India has been on full alert for China's move," according to a person involved in the joint exercise, as the Indian navy has spotted a dozen Chinese warships and other vessels as well as submarines in the Indian Ocean in past two months.

China has been increasingly active around the Indian Ocean in recent years. A Chinese submarine entered the port of Colombo in Sri Lanka in 2014. In the east, port construction led by China is under way in Myanmar and Bangladesh. In the west, the port of Gwadar in southern Pakistan was built with Chinese support, and Chinese warships and other vessels have called there. The Chinese navy has set up a base in Djibouti in Africa as well.

At the U.S.-India summit in June, Prime Minister Narendra Modi emphasized the importance of strengthening and expanding cooperation in defense and security. In a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the Group of 20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, earlier this month, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Modi agreed to strengthen cooperation in naval security.
20/07/2017 10:35
masterus KUALA LUMPUR: AmInvestment Research sees the ringgit trading around 4.12 to 4.15 to the US dollar on Friday following several concerns affecting the greenback.

In a note to clients, the research house pointed out that it appears that the US$ is on the hit due to (1) concerns the Russian investigation may slowdown tax reform & other growth policies; (2) the potential story of Euro tapering; and (3) slower interest rate hike cycle by the Fed.

“These noises somewhat support our view that the intraday trade for ringgit against the US$ could reach around 4.12-4.15 from our fundamental analysis during our computation.
21/07/2017 09:34
masterus Bottom falling out of US dollar: Drops to near 2-year low vs the euro, 2017 loss now 10%
The dollar hit a nearly two-year low against the euro, after the European Central Bank signaled it could start discussing in the fall a plan to pare back its bond purchases.
The dollar was also under pressure because of concerns the Russian investigation could slow down tax reform and other pro-growth policies of the Trump administration.
One strategist said there's no longer any resistance against dollar weakening.
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21/07/2017 10:05
goldentriangle Dow Jones closed at 21,580.07 (-31.71)
23/07/2017 09:52
masterus U.S. Dollar Sunk by Wave of Buying in Aussie, Euro
23 hours agoByJames Hyerczyk
The U.S. Dollar hit its lowest level against a basket of currencies since August 2016 last week as a boatload of negative factors piled up against the Greenback, causing investors to lose confidence in the currency.
September U.S. Dollar Index futures finished the week at 93.679, down 1.251 or -1.32%.
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Weekly September U.S. Dollar Index
The dollar was under pressure at the start of the week because dovish comments from Fed Chair Janet Yellen and disappointing consumer inflation and retail sales the previous week lowered the chances of a third Fed rate hike later in the year.
Last week’s selling pressure came in waves. The first wave of selling was fueled by a steep rally in the Australian Dollar that was caused by hawkish comments from the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA). The second wave of selling was attributed to hawkish comments from European Central Bank (ECB) President Mario Draghi, which drove the Euro to a multi-year high.
23/07/2017 14:55
goldentriangle Dow Jones closed at 21,513.17 -66.90
(-0.31 percent)
25/07/2017 05:58
masterus Chinese crude oil imports are expected to exceed 400 million tons this year, and to further rise next year, Zhang Haichao, vice president of Sinopec Group, told Reuters on Tuesday.

The estimate provided by Zhang means that Chinese demand for foreign crude would rise by 400,000 bpd, and for the first time ever, rising imports could make China the world’s top crude oil importer on an annual basis, according to Reuters.

Chinese customs data has revealed that the world’s second-largest consumer of crude oil imported 8.55 million bpd during the first half of the year, or 212 million tons in total – a 13.8-percent annual increase. The growth in imports comes on the back of higher refinery runs after a maintenance period, as well as dwindling local crude production.
26/07/2017 10:04
masterus Brent rise to $50 above.
26/07/2017 10:04
masterus Senate Health-Care Debate Opens With Rejection of McConnell Plan
26/07/2017 11:14
goldentriangle Nasdaq was tumbling and
closed at 6,382.19 -40.56 (-0.63 pcent)
28/07/2017 04:53
goldentriangle North Korea says new missile test proves it has capability to nuke any part of US
They launched second flight test of an intercontinental ballistic missile on Saturday.
30/07/2017 10:28
goldentriangle http://www.oregonlive.com/today/index.ssf/2017/07/north_korea_says_new_missile_t.html
30/07/2017 10:28
goldentriangle Nasdaq collapsed and closed
at 6,348.12 -26.55 points , -0.42 %
01/08/2017 06:54
meistsk3134 who going take over the grandpa??????
01/08/2017 21:04
william retiree soon teh...
04/08/2017 15:34
leslieroycarter In order to prevent take over bid , PBB should increase the no of shares via share split and bonus issue , creating a big capital base , double or triple the present paid up capital . After split , the share shall be more tradable to facilitate trading and creation of more attractive atmosphere.
04/08/2017 17:19
leslieroycarter Hoping the days may come when Tey stepped down.
07/08/2017 16:57
masterus The Russian government will intensify efforts to cut the country’s dependence on US payment systems and the dollar as a settling currency, said Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov on Monday, as quoted by RIA Novosti.
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“We will, of course, speed up the work on import substitution, reduce dependence on US payment systems, on the dollar as a settling currency and so on. It is becoming a vitally important,” said Ryabkov.

“The US is using its dominating role in the monetary and financial system to impose pressure on foreign business, including Russian companies,” added the deputy minister.
07/08/2017 23:25
masterus 16 HOURS AGO by: Amy Kazmin in New Delhi
On a windswept Himalayan plateau usually frequented by seasonal yak herders, hundreds of troops from China’s People’s Liberation Army and the Indian Army are locked in a stand-off over a small but strategic piece of land.

Bullets are not flying, but rhetoric is, with Beijing warning New Delhi to “correct its mistake” by withdrawing its troops from the contested terrain, that China calls its own. 

India — which says it is has merely come to the defence of its tiny neighbour Bhutan that also claims the land — has ruled out a unilateral withdrawal, while insisting it wants a peaceful resolution of the problem.
07/08/2017 23:29
masterus Flyer launched for the protest.
DHARAMSHALA: Tibetans living in exile in India are going to hold a protest rally under the banner 'Tibet's independence, India's security' in Delhi over worsening relations between India and China due to the Doklam issue. Tibetan Youth Congress (TYC), one of the largest groups formed of young Tibetans in 1970, has given a call to this rally. It will take place on August 11, 2017. Tibetans will gather at Ramlila Maidan and will hold procession till Jantar Mantar in the national capital.
The organization has 35,000 members worldwide. "We are the largest NGO in exile and are going to hold this rally to highlight that Tibet's independence is the safest guarantee for India's security and peace along the Himalayas. We believe that Tibetans must be a part of discussions concerning the borders" said Tenzin Jigme, President of TYC.

Headquarters of the TYC are situated in Mcleodganj near here. It has 88 chapters in various countries, out of which 65 are in India who would be participating in this protest along with some Indian groups also, said officials of the organization. "Confirmations about the Indian leaders and groups will come in a day or two" they said.
07/08/2017 23:31
masterus Hong Kong dollar hits 10-year low against greenback
City's currency suffers sell-off for higher-yielding US dollar and yuan
JOYCE HO, Nikkei staff writer

HONG KONG -- The Hong Kong dollar hit its weakest level against the greenback in a decade on Tuesday, as flush liquidity continued to curb Hong Kong money market rates and spurred carry-trades for the higher-yielding dollar and yuan.

The local currency, pegged at 7.75-7.85 to the dollar, edged beyond 7.82 for the first time since August 2007, when the U.S. subprime mortgage crisis erupted. It breached the mid-point of the trading band in June, after a sustained devaluation since January.

The Hong Kong dollar is one of the few currencies in the region that has devalued against the U.S. dollar year-to-date, along with the Philippines peso and Sri Lankan rupee. It has so far weakened by 0.89%, while the Japanese yen and Australian dollar have risen 5.4% and 9.76% respectively.

"The recent weakness in [the Hong Kong dollar] is clearly a 'pricing phenomenon' on the back of a continued widening in the interest rate differential between the U.S. and Hong Kong," wrote Irene Cheung, senior strategist for Asia at the Australia and New Zealand Banking Group, in a note on August 4.
09/08/2017 13:06
goldentriangle Dow jones & Nasdaq both in red !
Dow Jones closed at 22,048.70 (-36.64) (-0.17%)
Nasdaq closed at 6,352.33 (-18.13) (-0.28%)
10/08/2017 05:36
stockranger jut switched some holding to Petronm for exciting news on extraordinary performance soon.

Should refer to : https://klse.i3investor.com/blogs/david_petronm/129620.jsp
10/08/2017 10:28
goldentriangle All asian stock markets big plunged !
Hang Seng=> 27,276.47 (-480.62)(-1.73%)
Shanghai=> 3,240.69 (-34.88)(-1.06)
Taiwan=> 10,324.48 (-145.90)(-1.38%)
Korea => 2,342.00 (-26.39)(-1.11%)
10/08/2017 11:56
goldentriangle Nasdaq Collapsed (Tech stocks bubble burst?)
Nasdaq closed at 6,216.87 (-135.46) (-2.13%)
Dow Jones also Tumbling Down (Economy Crisis Come?)
Dow Jones closed at 21,844.01 (-204.69) (-0.93%)
11/08/2017 05:16
goldentriangle OMG, Hong Kong Hang Seng further Collapsed,
As at 1.55pm Hang Seng at 26,921.72 (-522.28)
11/08/2017 13:57
masterus KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 15 — The ringgit is expected to return to its ‘fair value’ in the second half of this year, much earlier than initially expected in the first half of 2018, according to Standard Chartered’s (StanChart) latest Global Research report released today.
The report showed that the ringgit remained highly attractive from a valuation standpoint.
“This is particularly relevant in an environment where investors, in their search for yield, are settling for assets with stretched foreign exchange (FX) valuations elsewhere in emerging markets,” it said.
StanChart justified that it had a short- and medium-term “overweight” FX weightings on the Malaysian currency.
It recently estimated the ringgit to trade at 4.20 against the US dollar in the third quarter this year and 4.10 at end-2018.
15/08/2017 17:24
masterus August 16, 2017 4:13 am JST
Volatility spikes as Hong Kong dollar continues to slide
Jittery traders keep eyes peeled for hint of market intervention

© Reuters
HONG KONG -- The Hong Kong dollar's fall to the lowest level since the global financial crisis last week has raised anxiety among currency traders who now see a higher likelihood of market intervention. A nervous market has in turn made the currency more vulnerable to wild swings.

Under a currency board system, the Hong Kong dollar is pegged to the greenback at a range of HK$7.75-7.85. The exchange rate hovered at close to the HK$7.75 ceiling at the start of 2017, but it has declined gradually to fall to near HK$7.8275 on Aug. 9. That price is within arm's reach of the HK$7.8294 low recorded on Jan. 20, 2016.

While within the accepted range of the pegged system, the Hong Kong dollar's weakness is surprising, given that Hong Kong equities have excelled this year even among high-performing Asian peers, and housing prices are on the rise as well. Normally one might well expect investor cash to pour in, buoying the currency.
16/08/2017 15:28
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Credit Suisse sees ringgit improve to 4.10 over next few months
Sulhi Azman
The Edge Financial Daily

August 17, 2017 09:51 am MYT

This article first appeared in The Edge Financial Daily, on August 17, 2017.
KUALA LUMPUR: Credit Suisse expects the ringgit to trade at 4.10 against the US dollar “over the next few months”, with the country’s upcoming stronger-than-expected economic growth to provide support for the local currency.

“Combined with [the] recently high oil prices and improving August trade seasonality, this helps to keep us constructive on the ringgit, targeting 4.10 versus the US dollar over the next few months,” Credit Suisse’s two fixed income analysts Ray Farris and Trang Thuy Le said in its regional Asia foreign exchange (forex) strategy report yesterday.

Credit Suisse’s forecast of the ringgit was in line with the most recent estimate by Standard Chartered plc (StanChart).

Yesterday, StanChart forex strategist Divya Devesh forecast the ringgit to rebound to a fair value of 4.10 against the US dollar by the year end, adding that he remains “overweight” on the local currency.

The ringgit has rebounded by 4.4% from 4.4938 recorded on Jan 4, 2017.

As for the country’s economic growth — measured by gross domestic product (GDP) — Credit Suisse forecasts the Malaysian economy to grow by 6% in the second quarter of this year (2Q17). This is well above the consensus estimate of 5.4%, and 5.6% that the country managed to chalk in 1Q17.
17/08/2017 10:04
leslieroycarter I had been Holding PBB for a number of years , bought RM 20 per share , yearly div not enough to compensate the returns like normal FD from banks . There are idiots always boasting they bought the stock at RM 5. Do u know RM 5 was in year when? Should be more 25 -30 years ago . Do u know how much Nestle then ? Also around RM 5 , Do u know how much Nestle now? Do not compare an apple to an orange coz it means nothing .
21/08/2017 18:17
masterus News » Business » International Business News » Malaysia's c.bank reserves rise to $100.4 bln as of Aug 15
Malaysia's c.bank reserves rise to $100.4 bln as of Aug 15

Reuters | Aug 22, 2017, 12:34 PM IST

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 22 (Reuters) - Malaysia's gross international reserves rose to $100.4 billion as of Aug. 15, from $99.4 billion on July 31, the central bank said on Tuesday. Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) said reserves were sufficient to finance 7.9 months of retained imports and were 1.1 times the short-term external debt. The central bank released the following international reserves data, expressed in billions of dollars: Aug 15 July 31 July 14 June 30 Total gross 100.4 99.4 99.1 98.9 international reserves Foreign currency 93.9 93.0 92.4 92.5 reserves IMF reserves position 0.8 0.8 0.8 0.8 SDRs 1.2 1.1 1.1 1.1 Gold 1.5 1.5 1.5 1.5 Other reserve assets 3.0 3.0 3.3 3.0 ($1 = 4.2800 ringgit) (Reporting by Emily Chow; Editing by Amrutha Gayathri)
22/08/2017 20:25
leslieroycarter A deplorable 270 ringgit for 20k+ investment still analyst claimed is the best?
23/08/2017 15:15
stockranger Switching my portfolio to Petronm....................could get better return

Aug 1, 2017 10:50 AM | Report Abuse

Petronm is poised to surge much stronger later with the cup handle formation and limited sellers.

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3. Business growing with good marketing strategy
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6. Earnings consistently being strengthened
7. Backed by established industry leader in Philippines
8. Forward P/E of at least 10x
24/08/2017 11:12
masterus The U.S. dollar weakened on Wednesday as investors reduced exposure in higher-yielding assets after U.S. President Trump’s threat of a government shutdown and comments about the possible termination of a North American trade agreement.
In a speech In Phoenix, Arizona, late Tuesday, Trump warned he might terminate the NAFTA trade treaty with Mexico and Canada after a three-day conference failed to settle deep differences. He also stated that he may shut down the government if he does not get funding for a wall on the U.S. –Mexico border.

Trading conditions were thin as investors awaited speeches from Fed Chair Janet Yellen and European Central Bank President Mario Draghi on Friday in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Therefore, the market may have over-reacted to Trump’s comments. No one can be certain whether Trump was trying to publicly negotiate changes to the current treaty, or if he was actually serious about ending NAFTA completely.
Investors didn’t waste time trying to determine whether Trump’s comments were a negotiation ploy or a real threat. They moved money into the Japanese Yen for protection. This move weighed on the U.S. Dollar.
The EUR/USD also rose after the release of strong German and French PMI survey readings.
Essentially, the dollar remained under pressure because the buying was too thin to mount an intraday counter-trend move.
U.S. Economic News
Disappointing U.S. economic data also pressured the U.S. Dollar. Flash Manufacturing PMI came in below expectations at 52.5. Analysts were looking for a reading of 53.4. Flash Services PMI data, however, exceeded expectations. New Home Sales were ugly, coming in at 571K, well below the 611K forecast.
In other news, Dallas Federal Reserve President Robert Kaplan said on Wednesday that high levels of debt in the United States represent an impediment to future growth.
During a Q&A session at the Permian Basis Petroleum Association Membership luncheon in Midland, Texas, the FOMC member also said he wants to be patient and wait for more data before raising argument for removing some monetary accommodation from the economy.
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16/09/2017 07:16
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Extract of Analyst Report from RHB

Petron Malaysia

Fuel Happy

We initiate coverage on Petron with a BUY recommendation. Our TP of MYR16.20 (60% upside) is based on a 12.5x FY18 P/E. The company owns over 580 service stations nationwide, distributing gasoline, diesel and LPG products. Petron also owns an 88,000bpd refinery in Port Dickson, Malaysia with a Nelson Complexity Index of 3. We believe the refinery would provide the company with a competitive advantage, thereby enabling it to take advantage of refined product spreads.

Third largest retail station operator in Malaysia. Petron Malaysia (Petron), a major fuel retail distributor in Malaysia, has the third largest market share in the country behind Shell and Petronas Dagangan (PETD MK, NR). It owns over 580 service stations nationwide, distributing gasoline, diesel and LPG products.

Besides retail marketing, the company also owns an 88,000bpd refinery located in Port Dickson, Malaysia with a Nelson Complexity Index of 3. The refinery is capable of producing gasoline, diesel, liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), kerosene and low sulphur waxy residue (LWSR). The refinery has an average utilisation rate of c.50% due to the unfavourable economics of LSWR which, in turn is due to its low complexity rate. The company is 73.4%-owned by Petron Corp, the largest oil refining and marketing company in the Philippines.

The refinery could provide alpha. Its retail fuel segment plays a volume game, ie the more retail stations imply a higher volume. As such, we expect its retail volume to grow by c.4% each year, driven by the opening of new stations. Our base case scenario assumes Petron would open 15 new stations every year. Its commercial fuel segment earnings are driven by spreads for naphtha, kerosene and LSWR. We expect spreads for naphtha and kerosene to range between USD2-7/bbl for the long term. As such, we believe the commercial fuel would provide the company with a higher earnings growth potential, compared to that of its peers.

Healthy balance sheet. As of 1H17, it is a net cash company; we expect Petron to end FY17F in a net cash position. Total borrowings are at MYR66.4m, while its cash position is at MYR156m. This is comparable to the situation at the end-FY16, when it was in a net debt position of MYR136m. Net cash from operations and free cash flow has been on an increasing trend, attributed to better cost management as well as the asset performance mechanism (APM), which transmits changes in oil prices to retail fuel prices.

BUY. We initiate coverage on Petron with a BUY recommendation, supported by a TP of MYR16.20. We arrive at our TP by pegging a 12.5x P/E to FY18F EPS of MYR1.30. As a comparison, Petronas Dagangan is trading at 24.6x P/E for FY18, at a 70% premium to Petron. We like Petron as we believe its retail fuel segment would provide a stable base of earnings due to the APM mechanism, while its commercial fuel segment would provide an earnings boost, an advantage the company holds over its peers due to its refinery.
03/10/2017 09:38
leslieroycarter EPF buying n selling all the times , just to play a few cts ....
04/10/2017 16:44
shernlee hei guys..not spamming..we jus wan to invite those long term investor join this group to get more info..

08/10/2017 12:42
Jonathan Keung PBB always low profile. nothing happenning maybe spike up just before result or dividends. PBB meant for institution not contra plays
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