BLOODBATH CONTINUES – FOREIGN FUNDS STEP UP SELLING ON BURSA MALAYSIA – EVEN AS ZAFRUL INSISTS GOVT STILL HAS MONEY

Foreign funds step up selling on Bursa Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR: Foreign funds upped the ante in disposing of stocks listed on Bursa Malaysia, selling RM534.78mil of local equities last week against RM288.13mil in the preceding week, according to MIDF Research.

“As the market reopened on Monday last week, foreign investors sold RM199.66mil net of local equities, with retailers and local institutions as net buyers to the tune of RM72.69mil and RM126.97mil respectively.

“Foreign investors were net sellers every day except Friday during last week,” MIDF said in its weekly fund flow report.

The research house said the largest foreign outflow was recorded on Tuesday at RM298.69mil and the smallest outflow was on Thursday at only RM81.30mil.

On the other hand, retailers were net buyers everyday last week. The largest net buying was recorded on Tuesday at RM286.74mil while the smallest net purchase was on Monday.

MIDF said local institutions were net sellers for the week, albeit smaller than net outflow of foreign investors.

It said buyings were recorded on Monday and Tuesday with cumulative net inflow of RM138.92mil.

Net selling activities were bigger, resulting in cumulative net selling to the tune of RM195.20mil. The biggest net outflow was on Friday with net selling of RM154.75mil,” MIDF said.

“Since the beginning of 2021, cumulatively, retailers are the only net buyers of our equity market to the tune of RM1.75bil.

“Local institutions and foreign investors are net sellers to the tune of RM919.25mil and RM833.87mil respectively,” MIDF said.

The research house said the other three South East Asian markets that it tracked recorded net outflow last week.

In terms of participation, MIDF noted that the retail investors recorded a weekly decrease of 6.28% in average daily trade value (ADTV).

The foreign investors and local institutions experienced declines in ADTV of 72.79% and 10.90% respectively. – ANN

Govt’s financial standing remains strong, says Tengku Zafrul

THE government’s financial standing remains strong and has been used to good effect to cushion the Covid-19 shock, said Finance Minister Tengku Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz.

He said Fitch Ratings, in its recent report, agreed that Malaysia’s deficit targets of 6.0% in 2020 and 5.4% this year are realistic and achievable.

“These are better than the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) estimation of 10.3% deficit that will be experienced by emerging market economies,” he said during the Bursa Malaysia Forum aired on Bernama TV today.

Tengku Zafrul said the additional spending via economic stimulus packages last year is a testament to the government’s priority when it comes to the people.

“So far, the stimulus packages have benefited 20 million individuals and 2.4 million businesses, with more than 50% of the initiatives delivered to date.

“Out of this, the bulk of disbursements include immediate relief measures such as the cash aid like Bantuan Prihatin Nasional, the Geran Khas Prihatin, wage subsidies and other measures to protect the rakyat’s livelihood and ensure the continuity of businesses,” he said in the programme, themed Menang Bersama: Rebuilding Malaysia’s Economy Together.

Tengku Zafrul said these move are expected to add up to four percentage points to growth in 2020.

The gross domestic product (GDP) is expected to contract between 3.5% and 5.5% in 2020.

The IMF recently revised Malaysia’s GDP contraction by 20 basis points – from 6.0% in October 2020 to 5.8% in late December. – Bernama

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