Public Watchlist: AllianceDBS’s Top Picks for 2019

In the space of a year, global economic conditions have changed from synchronised expansion to peak growth. Key economies are projected to register slower growth on reduced economic activity, negative effects of trade measures, tighter
financial conditions, and geopolitical tensions. Weak demand from Malaysia's export-oriented sectors will result in slower GDP growth.

The new government’s reforms and reassessment on the country’s finances has significant implications on several sectors. Although there may be cases where incumbents are disrupted, we believe this is a rare chance to address
structural issues within key industries. We expect more reforms with the property sector as a potential beneficiary while we see risks for utilities.

We are cautious on the broader market outlook, and are wary of the risks to growth if the trade war intensifies. However, we see stock-specific opportunities emerge. Our end-2019 KLCI target remains at 1,800 based on 16x blended 2019/20 earnings. In a bear case scenario with further deterioration in trade tensions and growth expectations, the KLCI could hit 1,500 (assuming zero earnings growth in 2019; -2 SD of its mean PE).

We see opportunities in: a) stocks that have been oversold; b) situational plays including beneficiaries of new government policies and trade war winners; c) high-quality names where earnings are resilient and there is less risk to be adversely affected by government policies; and d) M&As. Within these categories, our top picks are AMMB, Time dotCom, Hong Leong Bank, Gamuda, Axiata and Matrix Concepts.

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Stock Name Ref Date Ref Price Price Diff Last Range Open Change Volume Note
AMBANK 02-Jan-2019 4.34 4.19
TIMECOM 02-Jan-2019 8.10 9.20
HLBANK 02-Jan-2019 20.64 17.20
GAMUDA 02-Jan-2019 2.35 3.77
AXIATA 02-Jan-2019 3.93 4.37
MATRIX 02-Jan-2019 1.88 1.92

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