Warrants Commentary (14 October to 18 October)
The Hang Seng Index (HSI) futures continued to trend higher last week after a strong performance from the prior week. Last Monday, the HSI futures opened at 26,420.0 and finished the day with a 0.5% gain. On the same day, the US said that they are eyeing to clinch ‘phase one’ of the US-China trade deal, though China wants another round of talks before signing, according to sources (CNBC, 14 Oct). The HSI futures fell 0.2% on Tuesday before rebounding 1.5% over the next two days to finish at 26,881.0 points on Thursday. The bullish momentum hit a wall on Friday when China released weaker than expected third quarter gross domestic product (GDP) data as a result of the prolonged trade dispute (Bloomberg, 18 Oct). The HSI futures pulled back from October’s high of 27,016.0 to close 0.8% lower at 26,675.0 last Friday.
Last week, the Malaysia warrants market saw a total of RM320.5mil traded, which is a 16.8% increase from a week ago. Warrants over the HSI continued to dominate the warrants space with a RM233.2mil turnover. Among the most active warrants, call warrant HSI-C7F topped the list with RM96.4mil traded. Bullish investors took the opportunity of each fall in the HSI futures to collect this call warrant, net buying a total of 7.3mil units at the end of last week. Meanwhile, investors who are bearish on the HSI instead favoured put warrant HSI-H8B, which saw RM50.4mil traded. Investors accumulated a total of 10.3mil units as the bid price of this put warrant declined 27.3% week-on-week (w-o-w) to RM0.200.
On the local front, call warrant GTRONIC-C1 emerged as the top traded stock warrant with RM3.7mil turnover last week. Another notable warrant which investors heavily traded was MYEG-C82, which saw RM2.7mil traded as the underlying share price had the worse weekly decline since May 2019. MY E.G. Services (MYEG), an e-government services provider, saw its share price lose a total of 10.0% on Thursday and Friday combined. Investors who were looking for a rebound in MYEG shares took home 4.1mil units of MYEG-C82 as the bid price of this call warrant fell 35.0% w-o-w to finish at RM0.065 last Friday.
Top warrants by value traded:
|Issuer||Exercise level||Expiry date|
|HSI-C7F||90.4||Macquarie||27,400||30 Dec 2019|
|HSI-H8B||50.4||Macquarie||25,600||28 Nov 2019|
|HSI-H8E||32.2||Macquarie||24,600||30 Dec 2019|
|HSI-H8F||20.2||Macquarie||26,400||30 Dec 2019|
|HSI-C7J||9.6||Macquarie||30,000||27 Feb 2020|
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