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Dampened by rising Covid-19 cases

The FBM KLCI mirrored the regional weakness to dip below the 1,600 level, but the glove counters finished in the positive region following the release of Kossan’s remarkable results, bucking the market downtrend. However, the sector may see some pullback due to concerns over glove’s ASP on the back of the ongoing Covid-19 vaccination programme. Meanwhile, the CPO prices continue to hover near the RM4,000 level, but positive impact was not reflected on the plantation counters. Tracking the overnight gains on Wall Street, the local bourse may see some mild rebound.
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Spurred by bargain hunting

The FBM KLCI closed with modest gains after paring the morning session losses, but gains were capped by the weakness in index-linked glove counters amid softer glove ASP expectation and market talks over windfall tax on glove companies. Meanwhile, Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) kept the OPR unchanged at 1.75% and this may suggest that Malaysia’s economic outlook may be neutral to upward bias despite the resurgence of Covid-19 cases as well as the implementation MCO3.0. In the US, however, jobless claims fell more than forecast as market condition improved following the economy reopen. Commodities wise, the copper price rose above USD10,000 while the CPO price surged above RM4,200.

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Bank Negara’s OPR decision in focus

The FBM KLCI declined for the fourth consecutive session due to persistent selling pressure from the foreigners and the broader market may further consolidate as concerns over the expansion of MCO 3.0 to several districts in Johor, Perak and Terengganu, which may dampen the buying interest today. Investors will keep an eye on the overnight policy rate (OPR) announcement by Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM). On a side note, the government has launched a RM3.5bn Jaringan Prihatin stimulus package to subsidise data plan subscriptions and mobile device purchases. Commodities wise, oil prices have been rising, boosted by higher fuel demand amid easing of lockdowns in the US and parts of Europe during summer.

Hartalega Holdings Bhd – 5th May 21

While ASPs for the quarter under review is still on the rise, we reckon that the upward trajectory has already hit an inflection point. Still, demand remains relatively robust as it continues to outweigh the current supply. At the same time, the resurgence of Covid-19 cases globally will continue to support the demand over the near term.

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Technical Focus – PESTECH

An international electrical power technology company that offers solutions for High Voltage (HV) and Extra High Voltage (EHV) electrical system with products and services exported to 20 countries across the globe. Outstanding orderbook of RM2.21bn will provide earnings visibility till FY27, supported by 3 concession projects. Aims to venture into the electric vehicle industry, though it is still on the premature stage, particularly in Malaysia market. Technically, traders may anticipate for a breakout above RM1.10, targeting the next resistances at RM1.22-1.28 with long term target set at RM1.43.

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