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FBMKLCI vs Brent Crude (Updated)

News Update: 

Oil prices fell to almost four-month lows on Wednesday after data showed U.S. crude inventories rising faster than expected, piling pressure on OPEC to extend output cuts beyond June.

The American Petroleum Institute said late Tuesday that U.S. inventories climbed by 4.5 million barrels to 533.6 million last week, outpacing analyst forecasts of 2.8 million.

Investors now want to see whether Wednesday’s figures from the U.S. Energy Information Administration confirm the rise. EIA will release its report at 10:30 a.m. EDT (9:30 a.m. ET).

“With U.S. crude stocks continuing to mount into record territory both in total and at Cushing following almost two months of OPEC production restraint, we feel that the odds of a gradual unraveling in the OPEC agreement have been increased significantly,” Jim Ritterbusch, president of Chicago-based energy advisory firm Ritterbusch & Associates, said in a note.

Global benchmark Brent futures for May delivery were down 59 cents, or 1.1 per cent, at $50.37 a barrel by 9:48 a.m. ET. Earlier the contract fell as low as $50.05, its lowest since Nov. 30 when OPEC countries agreed to cut output.

On its first day as the front-month, U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures for May were down 53 cents, or 1.1 per cent, at $47.71 per barrel.

“A look below $50 (for Brent) is quite possible today if (EIA) data show a similar pattern, but it’s impossible to say how far below $50,” Commerzbank analyst Carsten Fritsch said.

A deal between the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and some non-OPEC producers to reduce output by 1.8 million barrels per day (bpd) in the first half of 2017 has had little impact on bulging global stockpiles of oil.

OPEC, which sources say is increasingly leaning toward extending cuts, has broadly delivered on pledged reductions so far, but non-OPEC states have yet to cut fully in line with commitments.

“OPEC has used up most of its arsenal of verbal weapons to support the market. One hundred per cent compliance by all is the only tool they have left and on that account they are struggling,” said Ole Hansen, head of commodity strategy at Saxo Bank.

U.S. shale oil producers have been adding rigs, pushing up the country’s weekly oil production to about 9.1 million bpd for the week ended March 10, up from an average of 8.9 million bpd for calendar 2016, according to U.S. energy data.

“OPEC’s market intervention has not yet resulted in significant visible inventory drawdowns, and the financial markets have lost patience,” U.S. bank Jefferies said in a note.

But the bank said the market was undersupplied and, if OPEC extended cuts into the second half, inventories would draw down and prices recover above $60 in the fourth quarter.

However, it said U.S. crude production was expected to grow by 360,000 bpd in 2017 and 1 million bpd in 2018, and a price recovery could spur more U.S. shale activity.

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Clearly, we are not seeing an optimistic view for the brent crude oil. Further, downside risk for brent still prevails. How does this impact on Malaysia’s FBMKLCI stock index?

Generally, there is a positive correlation between FBMKLCI and Brent. Nevertheless, lately, we are seeing a “divergence” whereby FBMKLCI has been rising whilst brent has been declining.

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Given the bearish prevailing sentiment for brent, is Malaysia’s FBMKLCI’s overstretched?

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The following table shows the updated regression analysis between FBMKLCI and brent (since June 2014), whereby there is significant statistical relationship between FBMKLCI / brent:

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Currently, the actual FBMKLCI exceeds its forecast value of 1,697 points but nevertheless it is within the 95%-confidence interval of between 1,601 – 1,792.

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Based on the regression relationships, the following table shows the possible forecast range of FBMKLCI based on the movements in brent crude (USD) (USD25 – USD62.50):

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The Condom Company

Listed Malaysian company, Karex Berhad is engaged in investment holding. The Company’s principal business activities include investment holding, manufacture and sale of condoms, latex probe covers, sterile catheters and other rubber products. The Company’s segments include condoms, catheters, and probe covers, lubricating jelly and others. The Company’s products include condoms, lubrication jelly, probe cover and foley balloon catheter. The lubrication jelly is greaseless, non-toxic and water soluble, and is suitable for gynecological use or when additional vaginal lubrication is needed. The probe cover product is specially designed for flexibility and safety during intracavity examinations with ultrasound. The foley balloon catheter product is specially designed for transurethral drainage of the urinary bladder, commonly used on patients anesthetized or sedated for surgery or other medical care. The Company operates in Malaysia, Thailand and the United States. At market close on 13 March 2017, Karex’s share price has fallen to a year low of RM1.98. Karex’s share price has been on a declining trend ever since the announcement of its latest quarterly result on 24 February 2017, in which there was a decline in q-o-q earnings. Continue reading “The Condom Company”

FBMKLCI vs Brent

Higher level of correlation between FBMKLCI and Brent Crude Oil. FBMKLCI appears to be rising in tandem with a rising Brent.


Question : Would there be further rise in FBMKLCI if Brent continues to rise given the heightened geopolitical risks?

It’s ambitious to think that oil prices could reach $65: IEA http://www.cnbc.com/id/104259621


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Are We Seeing A Double Top?

Charoen Pokphand Foods Plc (CPF) was established in 1978 with operations in animal feed production, livestock breeding, further processing and trade. Currently, CPF invests overseas in nine countries, has subsidiaries in 17 countries and exports to over 40 countries. Furthermore, CPF is today the leading producer of feed and one of the largest producers of poultry in the world. Charoen Pokphand Foods is listed in the Stock Exchange of Thailand under the code: CPF.

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How Far Can FBM KLCI Rise?

International Monetary Fund (‘IMF’) in its recent World Economic Outlook Update, highlighted that the risks to the global growth outlook to be skewed to the downside, especially over the medium term. On the domestic front, Malaysian Institute of Economic Research (‘MIER’) on 19 January 2017 had downgraded real GDP growth for 2017 to 4.5%, the lower bound of the range of its earlier forecast of 4.5% – 5.5%, as some downside risks are beginning to emerge. Given this scenario, the Board of Directors recognise that a potential widening of global imbalances coupled with volatility in exchange rates will be challenging risks to the Group. Thus, the Board continues to remain cautious on the Group’s prospect for Financial Year 2017.
Source: Quarterly Result Announcement By Malaysia’s utility player, Tenaga Nasional Berhad (announced on 24 Jan 2017)

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