Saturday, December 3, 2011

#Stocks to watch:* Glomac, Mah Sing, Tan Chong, Fibon

KUALA LUMPUR (Dec 3): The FBM KLCI may trend higher and again test the psychologically important 1,500 level in the week ahead, starting Monday, Dec 5 on more'' global liquidity and economic optimism.

On Friday, Dec 2, the FBM KLCI closed in positive territory as some key regional markets reversed their earlier losses, but gains at the local market remained muted as investor sentiment stayed cautious.

Week-on-week, the KLCI was up 57.45 points to end at 1,489 with the market capitalisation up RM39.59 billion to RM1,269.59 billion.

Affin Investment Bank head of retail research Dr Nazri Khan said the sentiment could be propped by the coordinated move by central banks including China and Brazil to ease monetary policies.

Another positive factor is the rising expectation of an aggressive cut in the ECB interest rate and stronger EU deal to resolve the debt crisis.

'However, despite the gains spotted worldwide, we recommended caution since the liquidity move is yet to address the core problems that Europe faces which is to provide a long-term sustainable funding solution to the troubled European banking community,' he said.

Dr Nazri expected the broad market to trend higher slowly as they digest more clarity on the EU plan to deal the problems (possibly disclosed in the upcoming Dec 9, EU summit).

'These may includes details on how to enforce budget balancing for troubled countries, how to implement tough austerity measures especially for Portugal, Italy, Ireland, Greece and Spain, how to leverage the rescue funds and how to strengthen the ECB to backstop future crisis,' he pointed out.

Among the stocks which could see trading interest are GLOMAC BHD [], MAH SING GROUP BHD [], TAN CHONG MOTOR HOLDINGS BHD [] and Fibon'' Bhd.

Glomac's net profit for the second quarter ended Oct 31, 2011 rose 50pct to RM23.78 million from RM15.88 million a year ago, underpinned by on-going projects particularly Glomac Damansara, Glomac Cyberjaya, Saujana Rawang and Bandar Saujana Utama.

Its revenue for the quarter however declined 4.3pct to RM134.83 million from RM140.89 million, due to completion of two projects namely Glomac Tower and Glomac Galleria.

Mah Sing's proposed joint development of 4.08 acres of prime land along Jalan Tun Razak-Jalan Pahang faced a setback after the conditions were not met.

However, Mah Sing said it would explore options to move ahead on this. The project is a niche development ' M Sentral -- with an estimated gross development value of RM900 million and it is part of the RM9-billion 58 acre riverside urban regeneration project.

The Edge weekly reports that Tan Chong Motor Holdings Bhd, which invested nearly US$45 million in Nissan Vietnam Co Ltd since acquiring a controlling stake in the company last year, is optimistic that it will reach break-even earlier than anticipated.

Meanwhile, Fibon ' a chemical compounds producer -- is poised to enter a new phase of growth with the upcoming launch of its new switchboard Fibon LogiCube.

Anther company which could see trading interest are sports shoe sole manufacturer Xingquan International Sports Holdings Ltd.'' Its chief executive officer Wu Qingquan is confident that it can maintain its double digit growth in revenue for the financial year ending June 2012, said.'' The compound annual growth rate from 2006 to 2011 was 39%.

Last Friday, MMC CORPORATION BHD []'s Tanjung Bin Energy Sdn Bhd has sealed a power purchase agreement with TENAGA NASIONAL BHD [] to supply electricity over 25 years. However, the price of electricity which Tanjung Bin would sell to Tenaga was not disclosed in the statement to Bursa Malaysia.


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