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SE Asia Stocks-Firmer; Malaysia hits new peak on blue-chips, foreign buying
April 11, 2013 / 10:46 AM / 5 years ago

SE Asia Stocks-Firmer; Malaysia hits new peak on blue-chips, foreign buying

April 11 (Reuters) - Malaysian stocks hit an all-time high
on Thursday, helped by gains in blue-chips amid continued
foreign inflows, while all other Southeast Asian markets also
gained after fresh data underscored a recovery in China.
    Kuala Lumpur's Composite Index hit a new record high
of 1,710.35, surpassing its previous all-time high of 1,700.55,
hit on April 4. It closed 0.6 percent firmer at a record closing
high of 1,707.04, led by blue-chips.
    Kuala Lumpur witnessed a net foreign inflow of $63.45
million on Thursday, extending the year-to-date net offshore
inflow to $3.6 billion.
    Kaladher Govindan, head of equity research at TA Securities,
said foreigners had been on the buying side ahead of May 5
general election though the valuation of the market was
expensive compared with Jakarta, Thailand, and Singapore. 
    "It is probably 'election-play' and there is some foreign
money coming in because of the huge liquidity around right now,"
he said. 
    Foreign buying has been robust in Malaysian stocks this year
on hopes that an upcoming general election could help lift
political overhang, making the market more attractive to risk
averse investors.
    "It is hard to say if this can be sustained. We're already
looking a bit toppish. I think the momentum might slow come
nomination day," on April 20, Govindan said.
    He said the stock market will be well supported if there is
no change in government while a win for the untested opposition
may lead bring some uncertainty.
    Malaysia's Sime Darby Bhd, the world's largest
palm oil planter by landbank size, gained 1.5 percent while
Axiata Group Bhd rose 1.4 percent after Nomura Equity
Research raised its target price. 
    Banks boost Thailand and Indonesia  to a
one-week high with 1.8 percent and 1 percent gains respectively.
    Though Jakarta stocks slightly fell soon after Indonesia's
central bank raised concerns over slowing economic growth, it
recovered on late buying. 
    The Philippines ended 0.2 percent up at its highest
since April 1, while Singapore gained 0.5 percent to a
more than one-week high. 
    Vietnam rebounded on Thursday to end with 1.5 percent
gain, from a steep fall as investors cooled off following an
unexplained bout of selling by foreign funds in the previous
session, analysts said. 
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 Change on day
 Market             Current     Prev Close    Pct Move
 TR SE Asia Index*   448.98        446.08       +0.65
 Singapore          3308.80       3293.25       +0.47
 Kuala Lumpur       1707.04       1696.20       +0.64
 Bangkok            1516.81       1490.25       +1.78
 Jakarta            4924.26       4877.48       +0.96
 Manila             6831.74       6815.84       +0.23
 Ho Chi Minh         504.07        496.50       +1.52
 Change on year
 Market             Current     End prev yr    Pct Move
 TR SE Asia Index*   448.98        424.10       +5.87
 Singapore          3308.80       3167.08       +4.47
 Kuala Lumpur       1707.04       1688.95       +1.07
 Bangkok            1516.81       1391.93       +8.97
 Jakarta            4924.26       4316.69      +14.08
 Manila             6831.74       5812.73      +17.53
 Ho Chi Minh         504.07        413.73      +21.84
* The Thomson Reuters South East Asia Index is a
highly representative indicator of stocks listed in Indonesia,
Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

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