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Mplus Market Pulse - 20 Jan 2023

Publish date: Fri, 20 Jan 2023, 10:01 AM
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Market Review

Malaysia:. The FBM KLCI (+0.1%) inched marginally higher after re-tested the 1,500 level, buying interested was noted in Petronas-related heavyweights. The lower liners marched higher, while the financial services sector (-0.2%) pulled back after Bank Negara maintained OPR at 2.75%.

Global markets:. The US stockmarkets remained downbeat as the Dow (-0.8%) slipped after the US hit its debt limit, which weighed on potential default that may derail the economic growth and the Treasury market. The European stockmarkets endured their worst day of the year, while the Asia stockmarkets ended mixed. The Day Ahead The FBM KLCI eked out marginal gains following the decision by Bank Negara Malaysia to maintain the overnight policy rate (OPR) at 2.75%. Nevertheless, we expect the sideways trend on the local bourse may turn into a negative biased environment prior to the Lunar New Year holiday after Wall Street extended its slide amid increasing concerns on softer economic activities going forward and the expectation of the Fed’s tone to remain hawkish. Commodities wise, the Brent crude oil traded above USD86, while the CPO price stayed above RM3,850.

Sector focus:. The Bank Negara’s decision to pause the OPR hike may trigger further profit taking activities on the banking sector. Besides, the technology sector may tick lower following the decline on Wall Street. On the other hand, investors may favour the energy sector amid firmer crude oil price, while the consumer, tourism, aviation and REIT could be taken as a proxy towards the recovery theme following reopening of China’s borders.

FBMKLCI Technical Outlook

The FBM KLCI booked modest gains, heading towards the key 1,500 level. Technical indicators remained positive as the MACD Histogram trended higher, while the RSI is hovering above 50. Should the key index crossed above 1,500, the next resistance is envisaged around 1,510-1,520, support is located at 1,450-1,460.

Company Brief

Digi.com Bhd has appointed Tengku Datuk Seri Azmil Zahruddin Raja Abdul Aziz as chairman, succeeding Tan Sri Dr Halim Shafie. Prior to this appointment, he was the chief investment officer at Khazanah Nasional Bhd responsible for Khazanah’s entire investment portfolio. (The Star)

Ecobuilt Holdings Bhd’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Rexallent Construction Sdn Bhd, has bagged a construction contract from ADM Design and Management Sdn Bhd worth RM92.5m. The project is expected to be completed within 8 months by 4th September 2023. (The Star)

IGB Real Estate Investment Trust (IGB REIT)’s 4QFY22 net property income (NPI) rose 12.8% YoY to RM105.6m, mainly due to lower rental support provided to tenants arising from the economic reopening and improving retail sales of tenants. Revenue for the quarter increased 24.6% YoY to RM148.7m. A distribution per unit (DPU) of 2.46 sen, payable on 27th February 2023 was declared. (The Edge)

IGB Commercial REIT’s 4QFY22 net property income dropped 14.1% YoY to RM27.3m on higher operational costs. Revenue for the quarter, however, rose 6.9% YoY to RM49.4m. A distribution per unit of 1.49 sen, payable on 27th February 2023 was declared. (The Edge) Axis Real Estate Investment Trust (Axis REIT)’s 4QFY22 net property income rose 12.7% YoY to RM62.0m, on the back of income from new acquisitions, new tenancies from existing properties, and positive rental revisions. Revenue for the quarter rose 12.4% YoY to RM70.7m. A distribution per unit of 2.33 sen, payable on 28th February 2023 was declared. (The Edge)

CapitaLand Malaysia Trust’s 4QFY22 net property income rose 23.0% YoY to RM40.8m, amid continued retail recovery and improved portfolio occupancy, coupled with write-back of provision for doubtful debts. Revenue for the quarter gained 4.3% YoY to RM68.9m. A distribution per unit of 2.06 sen, payable on 22nd February 2023 was declared. (The Edge)

RHB Bank Bhd has issued subordinated notes of RM500.0m at nominal value, under the bank's RM5.00bn multi-currency medium-term note programme. The notes mature in 10 years and are non-callable for the first 5 years. They have a coupon rate of 4.51% per annum, payable semi-annually in arrears throughout the entire tenure. Proceeds raised from the subordinated notes will be utilised for the company’s general working capital and other corporate purposes. (The Edge)

Digistar Corp Bhd, via its subsidiary Panorama TV Asia Broadcast Sdn Bhd, has signed a cooperation agreement with Indonesian diversified group PT MNC Asia Holding Tbk to provide internet TV services. The pair is aiming to launch the service in May 2023, mainly targeting hospitality and healthcare centres. (The Edge)

Datuk Seri Amir Hamzah Azizan, the chief executive officer of the Employees Provident Fund (EPF), has been appointed as the chairman of Malaysian Resources Corp Bhd (MRCB), replacing Tan Sri Azlan Zainol who passed away on 12th January 2023. The appointment of Amir Hamzah is a redesignation from his previous post as a non-executive director of the group since 1st September 2021. (The Edge)

YTL Power International Bhd’s wholly-owned unit has been granted a RM1.10bn Islamic term financing facility to fund the development of a data centre in Kulai, Johor. The facility was emplaced to YTL DC South Sdn Bhd for the development of the 48.0-MW IT load hyperscale data centre. The joint mandated lead arrangers are Malayan Banking Bhd (Maybank) and OCBC Bank (M) Bhd. (The Edge)



Source: Mplus Research - 20 Jan 2023

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