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Good demand for HSI and KLCI warrants amid volatile market

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Overall warrants turnover for the first week of March increased slightly by 3.2% week-on-week (w-o-w) to RM419.3mil, mainly driven by the increased trading activity in warrants over the Hang Seng Index (HSI) and FBM KLCI Index (KLCI) with both contributing a total of 34.5% of the total warrants turnover.

The HSI index yoyo-ed throughout last week, moving between the positive and negative territory with fluctuation in bond yields. At the start of the week, the index rose 1.6% to surpass the 29,000 level, closing at 29,452.5 points before falling 1.2% on Tuesday. However, the index rebounded 2.7% on Wednesday, posting the biggest one-day gain since January, though it slid 2.6% for over the next two days, weighed down by investors’ fears on potential interest rate hikes and stock sell-off (Reuters, 5 March). 

Both HSI-HGK and HSI-CFK remained popular among investors with a total of 128.9mil units and 113.3mil units traded, respectively. At the end of the week, investors net bought 2.2mil units of HSI-HGK (unchanged) while they net sold 4.2mil units of the call warrant HSI-CFK (+10.1%).   

On the local front, Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) decided to maintain the interest rate at its record low of 1.75% from its latest monetary policy meeting scheduled last Thursday (4 Mar). This decision was made based on BNM’s optimism on the global economic recovery, though still uneven, coupled with the country’s improvements in external demand and continued consumer spending. Further, the recent roll-out of domestic Covid-19 vaccine program may boost positive sentiments and economic activity. Following this, the local bourse KLCI closed slightly above the 1,600 level on Friday i.e. 1.2% higher at 1,600.1 points; the index rose 1.4% w-o-w. The put warrant FBMKLCI-HDA (+14.3%) with an exercise price of 1,550 was the most active warrant over KLCI with investors taking home 2.2mil out of 16.7mil units traded.  

Elsewhere, the rubber glove counters were volatile last week; Supermax tumbled 7.0% w-o-w while Top Glove fell 0.2% w-o-w. Call warrants SUPERMX-C1I and TOPGLOV-C1D managed to secure spots in the top 5 most active warrants last week. 

Top warrants by volume traded:

Warrant nameVolume
IssuerExercise level/priceExpiry date
HSI-HGK128.9Macquarie27,00028 May 2021
HSI-CFK113.3Macquarie31,00029 Jun 2021
SUPERMX-C1I100.4KenangaRM14.0026 Jul 21
TOPGLOV-C1D83.8CIMBRM7.0030 Jul 2021
SUPERMX-C9880.3KenangaRM4.5031 May 21

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