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Streched valuations

Bucking the downturn across the regional markets, the FBM KLCI ended modestly higher as continued selling in glove heavyweights were offset by buying support in IHH and selected banking heavyweights. We believe the local bourse should trade in an upward bias tone following the change of MCO status for Selangor, Johor, Penang and KL. Meanwhile, the number of Covid-19 confirmed cases daily has dropped to year-to-date low. However, note that the negative sentiment on Wall Street overnight could cap the upside potential on the local front.

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Technical Focus – LHI

One of the largest fully integrated producers of poultry, eggs and livestock feed in Southeast Asia with strong presence in Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam and Singapore. Committed to expand the Malaysia, Philippines and Vietnam operations via additional capacities and infrastructures, whilst targets 160 Baker’s Cottage outlets by end-FY21 (from 103 outlets since end-FY20). Sequential earnings recovery is on the table, premised to the stabilising poultry prices in Malaysia as well as Indonesia in recent months. Technically, the flag-formation breakout above RM0.71 may lead price towards the immediate resistances at RM0.775-0.82, with long term target at RM0.885.

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Rebound in sight

The FBM KLCI ended the first trading session of March in red amid continued selling pressure in glove heavyweights following further developments on Covid-19 vaccine. Although the arrival of the Covid-19 vaccine has dented the sentiment on healthcare sector, the local bourse was supported by the positive sentiment on the recovery-theme sectors. Meanwhile, we also expect 5G and tech stocks to trade firmer following overnight Nasdaq performance.

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Chin Well Holdings Bhd – 1st Mar 21

With the recovery still remain at infant stage, we reckon that outlook remains challenging as global economic recovery remains at an uneven patch with temporary shutdown in manufacturing activities and tepid demand. While the North America segment remains upbeat, the softer demand from other regions of the world continues to bog down the overall performance.

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OCK Group Bhd – 1st Mar 21

We attended the post quarter results analyst briefing and came away feeling re-assured on OCK Group Bhd (OCK) recovery moving into FY21f. FY20 was largely affected by the slowdown of sites deployment due to the Covid-19 pandemic with domestic mechanical & engineering works were halted for several months. Moving into the FY21f, we note that the re-implementation of Movement Control Order (MCO 2.0) will be less severe given the relaxation of business operations, whilst the deployment of Covid-19 vaccination may provide some relieve, particularly towards end-2021.

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Serba Dinamik Holdings Bhd – 1st Mar 21

While the oil & gas business segment will continue to anchor the overall earnings growth, Serba Dinamik is gradually shifting towards other business segments, particularly the ICT business segment. For the time being, the ICT segment orderbook of approximately RM2.2bn (close to 12.0% of total orderbook of RM18.7bn) will sustain earnings visibility over the foreseeable future.

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Technical Focus – MESB

Primarily involved in the retailing and trading of quality leatherwear products and operates a few boutiques and over 270 consignment retail counters throughout premier departmental store in Malaysia. Consumer spending may accelerate following the roll-out of Covid-19 vaccine across the globe. Solid balance sheet with a net cash position of RM19.1m in 2QFY21, translating to net cash per share of 18.0 sen (c.35.2% of share price). Technically, price has rebounded to form a flag-formation breakout above RM0.55, targeting the next resistances at RM0.575-0.595, with long term target at RM0.63.

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Sentiment still dour

Mirroring regional downtrend, the FBM KLCI ended the week in red despite final hour bargain hunting. However, we believe buying support could emerge as the market sentiment is likely to turn positive following the news on the arrival of China’s CoronaVac vaccine in Malaysia. Nevertheless, we expect the political developments may provide the volatility to the market. On the side note, commodities upcycle in crude palm oil and Brent crude oil are likely to sustain over the near to mid-term based on the current momentum.

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AME Elite Consortium Bhd – 26th Feb 21

As of 3QFY21, AME is equipped with an unbilled construction orderbook of approximately RM200.0m, representing unbilled orderbook-to-cover ratio at 1.1x against FY20 construction revenue of RM185.2m that will provide earnings visibility over the next two years. While there were 22 Covid-19 cases reported at the worker’s dormitory, AME has conducted immediate sanitisation and set up a separate off-site quarantine centre.

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OCK Group Bhd – 26th Feb 21

As of FY20, OCK owns and manages over 4200 telco sites in Malaysia (500 sites), Myanmar (1,000 sites) and Vietnam (2,700 sites) that will provide stream of recurring income over the long term. We note OCK will actively participate on the National Digital Network Initiative (Jendela) plan with RM4.0bn infrastructure works for more than 1,700 sites to be tendered by 1Q2021, whilst capitalising on the 5G transition that may see demand for telecommunication sites quadruple against the number of 4G sites.

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Return of volatility

The FBM KLCI has rebounded strongly amid bargain hunting activities as steel-related and technology stocks were traded higher following several strong sets of results under the respective sectors. Meanwhile, healthcare sector was the sole decliner in the broader market. We believe the market will be pricing in Covid-19 vaccination progress and market may trend on an upward bias tone, focusing on recovery theme stocks. On the commodity side, the crude palm oil price has climbed above RM3,700, while Brent oil price is firmly trading above USD65.

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SLP Resources Bhd – 25th Feb 21

Moving in FY21f, we believe that sales from the local market will continue to take charge (>50%), after raking 53.3% of total revenue in FY20 as oppose to only 39.0% recorded in FY19. For now, SLP will focus on ramping up the production of kitchen and garbage bag, targeting 25% of production output in FY21f (from less than 20% recorded in FY20).

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Econpile Holdings Bhd – 25th Feb 21

As of 2QFY21, Econpile’s is equipped with an unbilled construction orderbook of approximately RM930.0m from 23 on-going projects. Moving forward, the group’s unbilled orderbook-to-cover ratio at 2.3x against FY20 revenue of RM403.0m will provide earnings visibility over the next three years.

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Rebound in sight

Selling pressure in the glove counters persisted, pushing the FBM KLCI into the negative territory in the afternoon trading session. Whilst the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme kickoff did not boost the local bourse yesterday, we opine some bargain hunting activities to arise in lower liners after close to 1,000 counters closing in the red. Meanwhile, the Brent oil price continues to climb above USD67.

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Bargain hunting may take shape

In contrast with the regional gains, the FBM KLCI failed to sustain its intraday gains as the key index slipped into negative territory during the final trading hour. We expect the arrival of the second batch of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine today and the vaccine distribution to different states will continue to attract buying interest in recovery-theme stocks moving forward. Meanwhile, crude oil price continued to remain firm above the USD65 level for the time being. Also, traders will focus on high earnings certainty sectors during this reporting season.

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Leong Hup International Bhd – 24th Feb 21

Regionally, LHI plans to (i) strengthen their ready-to-eat (RTE) and ready-to-cook (RTC) products in Singapore market, (ii) improve production of aquatic feed in Vietnam operations and (iii) capitalise on the stability of poultry prices stemmed by the Indonesia’s government effort to enforce aggressive culling activities and improve feed volume to capture additional market share.

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Technical Focus – PPHB

Primarily focused on the production and sale of paper packaging products and is supported by seven manufacturing plants in Malaysia and two sales offices in Malaysia and Singapore. Offers JIT (Just–In-Time) services, Total Packaging Concepts, Designing & Supply Chain Management. Solid balance sheet with a net cash position of RM48.7m in FY20, translating to net cash per share of 25.8 sen (c.25.3% of share price). Technically, a breakout above RM1.03 may target the next resistances at RM1.08-1.17, with long term target at RM1.25.

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Corporate earnings in focus

Selling pressure in glove heavyweights triggered as Covid-19 could come to an end with the arrival of Covid-19 vaccine. Despite selling activities on Wall Street overnight, we believe there could be some fresh buying support given the IDSS and PDT short sale have been extended for another 6 months. We believe traders may lookout for bashed down stocks yesterday. Also, we observed that the Brent oil price has climbed strongly overnight above USD65.

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Econpile Holdings Bhd – 22nd Feb 21

The latest win bumps Econpile’s outstanding orderbook of approximately RM950.0m, which translates to an orderbook-to-cover ratio of 2.4x against FY20 revenue of RM403.0m that provide earnings visibility over the next 2 years. Following the washout year in FY20, we believe that earnings recovery is largely on track with construction activities begun to normalise which was already demonstrated in 1QFY21.

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Technical Focus – KRONO

Engages in the provisions of business consulting for information technology software and data solution related businesses with key clientele include Jollibee Food Corporation, Toshiba Information Equipment (Philippines), Ocean Park (Hong Kong) and NCS Internal Video & Surveillance Smart City (Singapore). Leveraging on the tabling of MyDigital that aims to achieve 80% of end-to-end online government services integration by 2025 together with 80% usage of cloud storage across government agencies by 2022. Demand is expect to accelerate as businesses are migrating to online processes. Technically, price has formed a flag-formation breakout above RM0.86, targeting the resistances of RM0.925-1.00, with long term target at RM1.10.

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Arrival of Covid-19 vaccine

Bucking the regional trend, the FBM KLCI snapped three-day losing streak to close higher on bargain hunting. Sectors such as telecommunication and technology were headed higher following the launch of MyDigital initiative and the Malaysia Digital Economy Blueprint. Whereas the key index is subject to further consolidation, we believe the earlier-than-scheduled national vaccine rollout on coming Wednesday and the declining number of Covid-19 cases should lift the market sentiment and traders may focus on recovery theme again.

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HSI warrants take centre stage post CNY holidays

It was another buoyant week for the Hang Seng Index (HSI) futures as it extended its win streak to three weeks in a row with prices touching their highest in 32 months. With the market being closed on Monday in conjunction with the Lunar New Year holidays, trading in the HSI futures resumed Tuesday on a higher note as prices..

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Sentiment remain cautious

In line with most regional peers, the FBMKLCI skidded on profit taking activities for the third straight session and market sentiment may remain cautious ahead of the weekend. Despite ongoing profit taking, we opine the downside risk could be limited as some bargain hunting may start to take place ahead of the full blown reporting season next week. Meanwhile, the Brent crude oil price has loses its grip, pulling back from level above the USD65.

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Back below 1,600

Following the announcement of MCO extension in several states, the local bourse endured a rough ride as economic recovery progress took another backseat. The weakness was also largely in line with the negative performance across regional peers which we reckon that the pullback is deem to be healthy to allow the recent gains to be digested. While the market liquidity has yet to taper, we think the rotational play amongst the lower liners may prolong with the on-going batch of corporate earnings release largely in focus.

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Liquidity driven market

Profit taking activities emerged on the FBM KLCI, snapping the four-day positive streak. We believe sentiment should stay positive, despite the mixed trading tone on Wall Street and the MCO extension in several states as we think the ongoing rally in the crude oil price and the clearer timeline for the Covid-19 vaccination programme should be the focus for the economic to recover moving forward. As we are heading into the reporting season, companies with high earnings certainty could be under the limelight.

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Technical Focus – 17th Feb 21

Specialised in high rise residential, mixed and commercial developments with several notable contracts completed include Menara Hap Seng 3, KL Eco City Phase 1 & 2, One Central Park and Westside III. Outstanding orderbook of RM2.20bn, representing an orderbook-to-cover ratio of 6.8x against FY19 revenue of RM322.8m will sustain earnings growth at least for the next 3 years. Healthy balance sheet with a net cash position of RM65.6m in 3QFY20, translating to net cash per share of 10.1 sen (c.10.9% of share price). Technically, price has rebounded above the daily EMA20 level, suggesting further recovery to target the next resistances at RM0.965-1.08 with long term target at RM1.20.

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