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Mplus Market Pulse - 3 Jan 2024

Publish date: Wed, 03 Jan 2024, 08:38 AM
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Stock Markets Started 2024 On A Mixed Note

Market Review

Malaysia: The FBM KLCI (-0.11%) closed lower in line with the negative regional markets performance as investors continue to take profit without any significant fresh leads. On the broader market, the Utilities sector (+2.80%) gained momentum on the back of YTL-related and water-related stocks.

Global markets: Wall Street ended mixed dragged by the decline in tech giants, as bond yields rebounded. The European stock markets ended lower, while the Asian stock markets ended mixed following the decline in December China’s manufacturing PMI and the sentiment was affected by the Japan’s earthquake.

The Day Ahead

Without any significant catalysts, coupled with the softer manufacturing activities in China, the FBM KLCI closed lower. Similarly, Wall Street started the year on a mixed note led by Apple Inc following the downgrade from Barclays. We believe the overall sentiment could be turning negative as 10-year Treasury yields climbed near 4.00%. Meanwhile, investors could be waiting for the next FOMC meeting (end Jan) to identify potential rate cut signals going forward. Also, we believe the heightened geopolitical tension in the Red Sea region may spark downside risk for the markets. Nevertheless, we still expect buying interest to emerge on the local front with catalysts such as the potential revival of KL-SG HSR, NETR, NIMP as well as the launching of PADU systems. On the commodity markets, Brent oil prices ended around the USD76/bbl level, despite the rising tension in the Red Sea.

Sector focus: We like the overall Utilities sector, especially related to the (i) NETR blueprint, (ii) potential water tariff revisions and (iii) data centre that consumes high volumes of water. Hence, we expect water-related stocks to emerge as a growing segment at least for the 1Q24. Other catalysts such as KL-SG HSR and easing requirements of MM2H may benefit the Construction, Building Material, and Property sectors.

FBMKLCI Technical Outlook

The FBM KLCI ended lower. However, the technical readings on the key index were slightly mixed, with the MACD Histogram extending a weaker negative bar, while the RSI dipped slightly below the 50 level. The resistance is envisaged around 1,470- 1,480 and the support is set at 1,440-1,450.

Company Brief

Sunview Group Bhd has via its wholly-owned Fabulous Sunview Sdn Bhd inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Saudi Arabia-based Vision Ambassadors Company for International Trade Consultancy to seek renewable energy development and investment opportunities. The renewable energy company said the collaboration will jointly identify locations of potential projects, with both parties serving as the principal investors. Vision Ambassadors, according to Sunview, specialises in investments for the development of businesses and small enterprises, with "tremendous momentum in international and local relations". (The Edge)

Nestcon Bhd has bagged RM251.5m in construction works for a mixed development in Mukim Petaling in the Klang Valley. Nestcon said its wholly-owned Nestcon Builders Sdn Bhd had accepted a Letter of Award (LOA) from Altimas Sdn Bhd. The work under the LOA consists of main building works for the proposed mixed development of parcel 2, one block of 30-storey apartment suites (408 units) and one block of 34-storey apartment suites (526 units) comprising amenities, car parks and shops. The completion of the contract works is within 34 months, which will commence on Jan 3 and is scheduled for completion by Nov 2, 2026. (The Edge)

Edaran Bhd has secured a RM356.56m contract to provide hardware and software rental services to the Royal Malaysian Customs Department. The technology company said its wholly-owned Edaran IT Services Sdn Bhd secured the 48-month contract from the Ministry of Finance (MOF), and that the letter of award was accepted on Tuesday. (The Edge)

PBA Holdings Bhd, whose main subsidiary Perbadanan Bekalan Air Pulau Pinang (PBAPP) is the licensed operator for water supply in Penang, saw its share price surge to RM1.89, its highest since the company's listing. The stock opened at RM1.52, up six sen or 4.11%, before surging 43 sen or 29.45% to an intra-day high of RM1.89. The stock then pared gains to close at RM1.81, still higher by 35 sen or 23.97%. It was the fifth top gainer on Bursa Malaysia. Earlier on Tuesday, Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow announced that the state will be signing either a Memorandum of Understanding or an agreement on financing with Perak on the Sungai Perak water scheme in 2024. Under the scheme, Perak will be supplying Penang with treated water, with Penang requesting for 700m litres of water per day, according to the Malay Mail. (The Edge)

Flexidynamic Holdings Bhd has proposed a private placement of up to 28.46m shares, representing 10% of its issued share capital, to yet-to-be-identified third-party investors. Based on an indicative issue price of 18.5 sen per placement share, the exercise is expected to raise gross proceeds of up to RM5.27m, the gloves manufacturing solutions provider said in a bourse filing on Tuesday. It plans to use the placement proceeds for working capital and future business expansion. (The Edge)

Loss-making oil bunkering services provider Fast Energy Holdings Bhd shot up to a near one-year high on the first trading day of the year as the ACE Market-listed stock surged as much as 65.38% in early trade, before paring about half its gains. The penny stock, which jumped 8.5 sen to 21.5 sen, later closed at 17.5 sen — still up 4.5 sen or 34.62% — valuing the company at RM37.67m. Fast Energy was the third most actively traded stock across Bursa Securities on Tuesday. The reason behind the sudden surge was not clear, with the group’s last update on Bursa Malaysia being its third quarter ended Sept 30, 2023 (3QFY2023) results. The group reported a net loss of RM3.92m for the nine-month period (9MFY2023), more than double the RM1.84m net loss it incurred in the previous corresponding period. (The Edge)

AGX Group Bhd, a third-party logistics services provider preparing to go public on the ACE Market of Bursa Malaysia, has signed an underwriting agreement with TA Securities Holdings Bhd to underwrite a total of 21.65m new shares in AGX's upcoming initial public offering (IPO). AGX's IPO comprises a public issue of 96.5m new shares, and an offer for sale of 30m existing ordinary shares. TA Securities also serves as the principal adviser, sponsor, and placement agent for the group's IPO. (The Edge)

Bursa Malaysia-listed Straits Energy Resources Bhd said its subsidiary Tumpuan Megah Development Sdn Bhd is set to enter the marine biofuel trading and bunkering industry in the first quarter of 2024, after it was certified by the International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC EU) scheme. The breakthrough comes as the maritime industry accelerates its transition to low-carbon alternative fuels, such as sustainable biofuels, as part of the global decarbonisation agenda. (The Edge)

The planned disposal of a 20.77% stake in troubled Boustead Naval Shipyard Sdn Bhd (BNS) by Boustead Heavy Industries Corp Bhd (BHIC) to the Ministry of Finance, Inc has been extended for a fourth time to Jan 31, 2024. The disposal is part of the government’s plan to assume full control of the RM9.13bn littoral combat ship (LCS) project, which BNS failed to deliver on time. (The Edge)

Technology services provider Heitech Padu Bhd has secured a RM58.88m contract to provide Next Generation Network services for the Inland Revenue Board (LHDN). Heitech Padu said it had accepted and signed the Letter of Acceptance from LHDN on Dec 29. The group said the contract will be from Jan 1, 2024 to June 30, 2027, spanning three years and six months. (The Edge)

Source: Mplus Research - 3 Jan 2024

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