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Monday, November 29, 2010

Maybank- go for the Dividend Re-investment Option for Final Dividend payout

Maybank announced a final dividend of RM0.44 per share for FYJune2010. The entitlement date for this dividend was on November 22, which has since passed. Maybank has offered to its shareholder the option of accepting the dividend in the form of cash or to reinvest a portion of the dividend in new Maybank shares (for more, go here & here). The Maybank shares that would be offered for the re-investment of the dividend would be priced at RM7.70- a discount of RM1.00 or 11.5% to the closing price of Maybank on November 26. So, a shareholder with 1000 Maybank shares on November 21 would be entitled to receive a gross dividend of RM440 (or a net dividend of RM330 after deducting tax of 25%). If you opt for the Dividend Re-investment Option, the company will deduct RM292.60 from the net dividend entitlement to purchase 38 new Maybank shares. The balance of RM37.40 will be paid to you in the form of cash.

Since the new Maybank shares to be acquired is at a substantial discount to the market price, it is a better option than receiving cash dividend. To do so, you need to complete & execute the Dividend Re-investment Form (here). The dateline is December 8. If you choose to accept cash, then you need not do anything.

The only downside to re-investing your dividend in new Maybank shares is that you would end up with odd lot. Since the number of shareholders with odd lot would increase sharply after this exercise, I believe the pricing for odd lots would improve (or the discount to Board lots would be smaller). This is because of greater liquidity & the opportunity for arbitraging between Board lots & Odd lots, which would narrow the difference between the prices in these 2 markets.

Based on the above, I would recommend Maybank shareholders to accept the dividend re-investment.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Uchitec's bottom-line is brewing again

Results Update

Uchitec has just announced its results for QE30/9/2010. Its net profit increased by 16% q-o-q or 75% y-o-y to RM16 million while its turnover increased by 21% q-o-q or 36% y-o-y to RM30 million. The company explained that the better performance was due to higher sales (obviously!).


Table: Uchitec's last 8 quarterly results


Chart 1: Uchitec's 20 quarterly results

Financial Position

Uchitec's financial position is deemed satisfactory. As at 30/9/2010, its current ratio stood at 13.5 times while its debts to equity is very negligible. The company has FDs totaling RM130 million & Cash in banks totaling RM9 million as at 30/9/2010. This translates to a cash per share of 37 sen!

Valuation

Uchitec (closed at RM1.32 yesterday) is now trading at a trailing PE of 9.7 times (based on last 4 quarters' EPS of 13.56 sen). If the cash reserve is excluded, Uchitec's PE is only 7 times. At this multiple, Uchitec is deemed quite attractive.

Technical Outlook

Uchitec has been consolidating in a triangle, with resistance & support at RM1.40 & RM1.25 respectively. There is no sign that this stock is about to breakout of its current sideway trend.


Chart 2: Uchitec's weekly chart as at Nov 22, 2010 (Source: Quickcharts)

Conclusion


Based on improving financial performance & undemanding valuation, Uchitec can be a good stock for long-term investment. The stock may become a trading buy in the event that it break above the RM1.40 level.

Notion- going thru the motion

Results Update

Notion has just announced its results for QE30/9/2010. Its net profit increased by 172% q-o-q but dropped by 38% y-o-y to RM8.1 million on the back of lower turnover of RM53 million (which declined 13% q-o-q or 2.5% y-o-y). The company attributed "the lower revenue... to decrease in sales from HDD segment and the lower USD foreign exchange rate versus the Malaysian Ringgit". The improvement in net profit is mainly attributable to "lower R&D cost, improved material yield, less incidence of rework and quality issue, foreign exchange gain from hedging contracts and reinvestment allowances resulting in lower taxation".

The big question is how much of the improved bottom-line is due to the reduction in R&D cost. A company may enjoy a short-term boost from this action but prolonged reduction of R&D cost would lead to loss of long-term competitiveness. The rebound in the bottom-line cannot disguise the uncertain outlook for Notion's HDD segment which was still suffering from poorer demand.


Table: Notion's last 8 quarterly results


Chart 1: Notion's 16 quarterly results

Financial Position

Notion's financial position is deemed satisfactory. As at 30/9/2010, its current ratio stood at 1.9 times while its debts to equity stood at 0.4 time.

Valuation

Notion (closed at RM1.64 yesterday) is now trading at a trailing PE of 6.5 times (based on last 4 quarters' EPS of 25.29 sen). At this multiple, Notion is deemed undemanding. However, with the negative outlook in the HDD sector, the market is not likely to assign a higher PE multiple for this stock.

Technical Outlook


Notion dropped from its peak of RM3.46 in March 2010 to a low of RM1.50 in September. The stock is now consolidating between RM1.50 & RM1.80. I believe the stock is likely to remain in this trading range for the next few months (until the outlook of HDD sector has improved).


Chart 2: Notion's weekly chart as at Nov 22, 2010 (Source: Quickcharts)

Conclusion


Based on the uncertain outlook for the HDD sector, Notion is expected to trade sideway for the next few months. For those who believe in swing trading, you may try to get into this stock at RM1.50-1.60 & sell at RM1.80.

Maybulk's bottom-line recovering

Results Update

Maybulk has announced its results for QE30/9/2010 recently. Its net profit increased by 178% q-o-q or 26% y-o-y to RM88 million while turnover increased by 14% q-o-q or 11% y-o-y to RM109 million. In the past few quarters, Maybulk's performance was freed from the lumpy gain from the disposal of vessels. For QE30/9/2010, Maybulk's turnover grew due to increased revenue days even though the shipping rates slipped slightly. Higher turnover coupled with a slightly lower operating expense led to higher net profit.


Table: Maybulk's last 8 quarterly results


Chart 1: Maybulk's 18 quarterly results

Valuation

Maybulk (closed at RM2.91 yesterday) is now trading at a trailing PE of 11 times (based on last 4 quarters' EPS of 26 sen). With the weak outlook for shipping rates, Maybulk is deemed fairly valued at the present PE multiple.

Technical Outlook

Maybulk has been consolidating within a symmetrical triangle for the past 18 months. A breakout above RM3.00 could signal the start of an upleg for the stock. Conversely, a break below RM2.80-85 would signal a bearish outlook for the stock.


Chart 2: Maybulk's weekly chart as at Nov 22, 2010 (Source: Quickcharts)

Conclusion


Based on improving financial performance, Maybulk is worth close monitoring. A breakout above RM3.00 would be a trigger for a trading BUY for this stock.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

South Korea Returns Fire After North Shells Its Territory

South Korea scrambled fighter jets and returned fire after North Korea lobbed dozens of shells into its territory, injuring four soldiers, Yonhap News reported.

A South Korean Defense Ministry official, who declined to be identified, confirmed the shelling, without giving any further details. The military has been put on high alert and will “respond strongly” to further provocation, he said.

For more, go to Bloomberg and the UK Guardian.

Evergreen- a dark cloud hangs overhead

Results Update

Evergreen has just announced its results for QE30/9/2010. Its net profit dropped by 47% q-o-q or 37% y-o-y to RM19.5 million while its turnover declined 5% q-o-q but rose 8% y-o-y to RM229 million. The company attributable its "sharp decline in profit... the weaker US dollar, higher log costs, sharp hike in freight charges to the Middle East during the Ramadan festive period and higher initial cost incurred as the Indonesian plant began to resume commercial production."


Table: Evergreen's last 8 quarterly results


Chart 1: Evergreen's 23 quarterly results

Financial Position


Evergreen's financial position is deemed satisfactory as at 30/9/2010. Its current ratio was at 1.4 times while its debts to equity stood at 0.5 time.

Future Prospect


While the company has expressed confident that it can achieve satisfactory results in the next quarter (due to greater efficiency & cost control), the market may be concern about the next round of capacity expansion as announced by some players in this sector, especially among the Thai producers. The last round of aggressive expansion program in 2007-2008 had caused an overhang which has yet to be fully absolved. Why are these producers expanding again?

Valuation

Evergreen (closed at RM1.40 yesterday) is trading at a trailing PE of 5.5 times. At this multiple, Evergreen is deemed undemanding.

Technical Outlook

As noted earlier, Evergreen appeared to have broken below its uptrend line at RM1.55 in October. However, the stock staged a rebound in the 2nd week of November, hitting a high of RM1.55 before faltering. Its next support levels would be the horizontal lines RM1.30 & RM1.20.


Chart 2: Evergreen's weekly chart as at Nov 23, 2010_10.00am (Source: Quickcharts)

Conclusion

Based on the drop in Evergreen's bottom-line, bearish technical outlook & uncertainty generated by another round of expansion program in the sector, I believe that we should reduce our position in this stock. Since Evergreen is trading at an undemanding multiple, I do not foresee an immediate sharp drop in the share price.

Market Outlook as at November 23, 2010

During my recent short break, I was very encouraged by the performance of our stock market. It held up better than I'd expected. However, the indicators continued to weaken and the chances of a serious correction cannot be taken lightly. This morning, FBM-KLCI dropped 8 points to trade at 1496 (as at 10.10am). This break below the 1500 level could be the beginning of this correction. I estimate this correction would bring the FBM-KLCI to the 20-week SMA line (or, equivalent to the 100-day SMA line) at 1447. In view thereof, we should be careful in trading for the next few days or weeks.


Chart: FBM-KLCI's weekly chart as at Nov 23, 2010_10.10am (Source: Quickcharts)

I would rate the above scenario as a likely event. I do not rule out the possibility of a much sharper correction, with the FBM-KLCI testing its 40-week SMA line (or, equivalent to the 200-day SMA line) at 1388. This latter scenario may pan out if the USD were to rebound sharply which could be due to deterioration of the debts situation in Europe or further tightening in China. A sharp rebound in USD would lead to a roll-back of the carry trade (or, risk assets trade) which saw huge inflow of funds into emerging stock markets, such as Malaysia.

Monday, November 22, 2010

P&O broke its strong support at RM1.00 level.

P&O has announced on November 12 that it has discontinued its preliminary negotiation to disposal of its equity stake in Pacific & Orient Insurance Bhd (here). Unless there is a fresh suitor or buyer waiting to step in, the premium imputed into this stock will slowly & surely dissipate. From the chart, we can see that the stock has broken below the gap, which is normally a strong support. This support-turned-resistance would be a good level to dispose off your position in this stock. However, I doubt the stock will rebound back to test this level for a while. Meanwhile, we can expect support from the horizontal lines at RM0.85, RM0.75 & possibly RM0.65.


Chart: P&O's weekly chart as at Nov 22, 2010_12.00pm (Source: Quickcharts)

Based on the above, P&O is rated a trading SELL.

Friday, November 12, 2010

A brief hiatus

I will be on leave for the whole of next week. I won't be watching the market nor posting anything during this period. I will have to leave a few comments unattended (save for a quick comment of the selldown of the Masterskill shares).

I must confess that this is one planned holiday that comes at the wrong time. I do not like to leave my station with the market in such critical condition.

Carlsbg- an underdog awaken?


Background

Carlsberg Brewery Malaysia Bhd ('Carlsbg') is involved in the manufacturing & distribution of beers, stout & other beverages in Malaysia and it has investments in Sri Lanka, Taiwan & Singapore.

Not-so-recent Development


Carlsbg has generated considerable excitement when it acquired the Singapore outfit from its parent company in late 2009. The contribution of the Singapore outfit was reflected in the results for QE31/12/2009. However we must be careful about the exact operation of Carlsbg. A recent report in the Star newspaper stated that Carlsberg Group could benefit tremendously from Carlsberg China operation. Since the report was carried in our local newspaper, we may wrongly jump to the conclusion that Carlsbg is tapping into the Chinese market. Could this explain why the share price of Carlsbg rallied in the past few weeks?

Recent Financial Results


Carlsbg's net profit increased by 11% q-o-q or 57% y-o-y to RM34.1 million while its turnover increased 36% y-o-y but declined marginally q-o-q to RM329 million.


Table: Carlsbg's last 8 quarterly results


Chart 1: Carlsbg's 20 quarterly results

Valuation

Carlsbg (closed at RM5.85 yesterday) is now trading at a trailing PE of 14.6 times (based on last 4 quarters' EPS of 40 sen). At this multiple, Carlsbg is deemed fairly valued. If it can trade at the same multiple of 16.4 times as Guinness Anchor Bhd- a more established company- then Carlsbg may go as high as RM6.56. At this moment, I do not think Carlsbg can command that kind of valuation. As such, I think its upside is rather limited.

Technical Outlook

Carlsbg is in an uptrend line with support at RM5.10-5.20. The resistance posed by the parallel line (to the uptrend line) would cap its upside at RM6.00-6.10. Horizontal support can be seen at RM5.50 & RM5.30.


Chart 2: Carlsbg's weekly chart as at Nov 12, 2010_10.00am (Source: Quickcharts)

Conclusion

Despite good financial performance, I see very limited upside for Carlsbg for reasons as stated above. However, if the stock were to pullback to RM5.00-5.20, it could be a good long-term investment.

KKB- another good quarter

Results Update

KKB has just announced its results for QE30/9/2010. Its net profit increased by 73% q-o-q or 123% y-o-y to RM23.3 million while turnover increased by 9% q-o-q or 40% y-o-y to RM68.6 million.



Table 1: KKB's last 8 quarterly results


Chart 1: KKB's 12 quarterly results

Valuation

KKB (at RM2.08 as at 11.30am this morning) is trading at a trailing PE of 7.9 times (based on last 4 quarters' EPS of 26.3 sen). At this multiple, KKB is reasonably valued. It can potentially trade up to a PE of 9-10 times- giving the stock a potential upside of 30-55 sen.

Technical Outlook

KKB has been consolidating in a triangle ('ABC'). This morning, it broke above the triangle at RM1.98-2.00. It also broke above the psychological-cum-horizontal resistance at RM2.00-2.02. Its immediate resistance would be the recent high of RM2.18.


Chart 2: KKB's weekly chart as at Nov 12, 2010_9.45am (Source: Quickcharts)

Conclusion

Based on good financial performance, reasonable valuation & bullish technical breakout, KKB could be a good trading BUY. However, you should exercise careful discretion in any trade given the current weak market condition.

Note: Previous posts (here & here).

Faber- fighting to stay above its uptrend line

Faber lost 11 sen to close at RM2.74 yesterday. The drop resulted in the violation of its uptrend line support at RM2.82. As at 11.00am this morning, Faber has a sudden sharp rebound to RM2.84. Can Faber reverse its bearish breakdown yesterday? From the chart, we can also see the bearish divergence in the MACD & RSI indicators as well as the -DMI crossing above the +DMI. These 3 indicators seem to signal unfavorable odd against Faber's present rebound. Let's wait & see how this stock will fare over the next few days.


Chart: Faber's daily chart as at Nov 12, 2010_10.50am (Source: Quickcharts)

Based on the negative reading of these 3 indicators, we should wait for a convincing rebound in Faber (say, the stock going above RM2.90) before venturing into the stock. Faber is a stock with promising fundamental but I have misgiving about the management's accounting report (go here).

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Comments moderation required

Due to the spamming activity, all future comments on this blog would not be publicized immediately. Instead, comments would be read and moderated by me before publication. The delay & inconvenience is regrettable.

Mamee- looking toppish

Background & Recent Financial Performance

Mamee is one of my favorite consumer stock. I highlighted this stock in August 2009 (here). Since then the stock has rallied very strongly. Its financial performance has been very satisfactory over the past 22 quarters (see Chart 1). However, we can see that the bottom-line seems be stagnant over the past 5-6 quarters despite steadily rising top-line. From the table below, we can see that Mamee's net profit dropped 11.7% q-o-q or 1.0% y-o-y to RM10.6 million while turnover was 4.2% q-o-q or 16.8% y-o-y to RM120.2 million. The company attributable the slide in net profit to higher spending on sales & marketing.


Chart 1: Mamee's last 22 quarterly results



Table: Mamee's last 8 quarterly results

Technical Outlook

We can see that Mamee looks very toppish. If the 10-week SMA line were to break below the 20 or 40-week SMA lines, the stock is likely to enter into a bearish phase. Look at the indicators which are all pointing towards weakness ahead.


Chart 2: Mamee's weekly chart as at Nov 10, 2010 (Source: Tradesignum)

Conclusion

Based on weakening technical outlook & slide in its bottom-line, Mamee's share price could be peaking. To be sure, we should look for a negative crossunder of the SMA lines (as discussed). Until then, you should avoid this stock.

Tenaga has just broken its uptrend line

Tenaga broke its uptrend line at RM8.70 today. As at 3.30 pm, Tenaga is trading at RM8.63. It is important that it must recover above the uptrend line over the next 1 or 2 day(s). The probability of a recovery is uncertain. We can see that the indicators are quite weak. On the other hand, Tenaga has proposed a bonus of 1-for-4 which should generate some buying support from retailers. In addition, Tenaga has seen pretty respectable top-line growth in the past few quarters.

Unless we see a quick recovery in Tenaga's share price, the technical outlook for this stock would turn bearish.


Chart: Tenaga's weekly chart as at Nov 10, 2010 (Source: Quickcharts)

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

QE2- don't bet on it, don't bet against it!

The rally in the emerging stock markets (especially those in the Asia Pacific region) for the past six months is driven both by improving economic performance & the huge flow of liquidity from developed countries (especially the U.S.). The sustainability of these economies is not a foregone conclusion as many are dependent on exports to the developed countries. The flow of funds from developed countries is very real & a large part of this liquidity inflow comes from funds managers who seek to gain exposure in non-USD assets (or corollary to avoid USD assets). This has created a sharp rise in the currencies of many countries (especially those in the Asia Pacific region) as well as the value of many assets in Asia Pacific, from stocks to properties. How sure are we that the liquidity flow will continue unabated?

The huge liquidity outflow from U.S. is due to Fed's much-publicized decision to buy long government bonds, the second such attempt to create inflationary condition in order to beat off the equally feared condition called deflation as well as to boost the weak U.S. economic growth. This policy move by Fed is called Quantitative Easing II or in short, QE2.

When QE2 was talked about openly a few months back, the quantum of government bonds to be acquired was in the ball park of RM1.0-1.5 trillion. Like the Obama administration, the Fed is mindful of the popular revolt in American heart land towards any government decision that would erode the value of the USD or lead to increased government borrowings. Now, the Fed has come out openly & confirmed that the amount to be spent on QE2 would be only USD600 billion. Is that sufficient? To make matter worse, the U.S. government had a hard time at the recent G-20 meeting when Germany, China, Brazil & a few other countries attacked the U.S. government decision which creates inflationary condition worldwide. For more, go here.

Finally, the World Bank has spoken out on a topic that was once considered taboo- the prospect of Asian countries implementing capital control in order to check the huge inflow of foreign funds. For more, go here. This would certainly provide the cover for emerging Asian economies to discuss & then jointly implement some measures that would check the liquidity inflow & the sharp rise in their currencies.

These two developments could potentially happen over the next few weeks or months which could lead to a reversal of the inflow. Once the inflow stopped, the stock market rally would weaken.

Evergreen broke its uptrend line

Evergreen has broken its uptrend line ('SS') at RM1.55 in early October. The stock has also broken below the horizontal line RM1.45 on Monday. Its next horizontal support levels are RM1.30 & RM1.20.


Chart: Evergreen's weekly chart as at Nov 9, 2010 (Source: Quickcharts)

However, Evergreen's financial performance is quite commendable. For 1H2010 ended 30/6/2010, it recorded a net profit of RM69.6 million on turnover of RM480 million. This compared favorably to the same period last year when its net profit was RM14.9 million & turnover was RM335 million. Its financial position is also healthy with current ratio at 1.53 times & debts to equity at 0.5 time.

Based on bearish technical outlook, it is advisable to avoid Evergreen until the technical picture has improved.

Harta benefitted from increased demand for nitrile gloves

Results Update

Harta has just announced its results for QE30/9/2010. Its net profit increased by 13.6% q-o-q or 42.3% y-o-y to RM47.1 million while its turnover 8.4% q-o-q or 37.0% y-o-y to RM184 million. The better bottom-line was attributable to increased demand for nitrile glove, effective cost control & recognition of fair value gain in financial derivative of RM1.6 million.


Table: Harta's last 8 quarterly results


Chart 1: Harta's last 16 quarterly results

Valuation

Harta (closed at RM5.53 yesterday) is now trading at a trailing PE of 12 times (based on last 4 quarters' EPS of 47 sen). At this multiple, Harta is deemed undemanding.

Technical Outlook

Harta is still consolidating, with upside capped by the strong horizontal resistance at RM5.60-5.66. However we can see that the MACD indicator has hooked up, which could be signaling a potential re-test of the RM5.60-5.66 level.


Chart 2: Harta's weekly chart as at Nov 9, 2010 (Source: Quickcharts)

Conclusion


Based on good financial performance & undemanding valuation, Harta may be good for long-term investment. However, the stock's upside is capped at RM5.60-5.66. If it can break above that level, Harta could become a good trading BUY.

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Supermx- another quarter of sequential drop in earning

Results Update

Supermx announced its results for QE30/9/2010 yesterday. Its net profit dropped 17% q-o-q or 5% y-o-y to RM38 million while its turnover was relative unchanged at RM235 million. This means that Supermx reported a second quarter of sequential drop in its bottom-line, which confirmed my belief that the rubber glove sector has peaked & future earning is likely to be lower.


Table: Supermx's last 8 quarterly results


Chart 1: Supermx's last 16 quarterly results

Technical Outlook

From the chart below, we can see that Supermx is likely to drift lower & test the psychological level of RM4.00 & possibly retesting its recent low of RM3.75.


Chart 2: Supermx's weekly chart as at Nov 9, 2010 (Source: Quickcharts)

Conclusion

Based on the declining trend in Supermx's bottom-line, I believe this stock is a SELL until a clear sign that this trending has reversed or the technical outlook has improved.

Market Outlook as at Nov 9, 2010

FBM-KLCI tested its all-time high at 1524 this morning. Not surprisingly, it failed to break above this level on the first attempt. The market could correct for a few hours or a few days before mounting another attempt. See the weekly charts, Chart 1 below.


Chart 1: FBM-KLCI's weekly chart as at Nov 9, 2010_11.30am (Source: Quickcharts)

The daily chart, Chart 2 shows the strong rally in FBM-KLCI over the past 5 months. You may notice the bearish divergence in the MACD over the past 6 weeks. Could this be a sign of a protracted correction to come?


Chart 2: FBM-KLCI's daily chart as at Nov 9, 2010_12.00pm (Source: Quickcharts)

I have appended below the daily chart for the previous market top in January 2008. The rally from August 2007 reached its pinnacle in early January 2008. You may notice a similar bearish divergence in the MACD indicator in October to November 2007. This bearish divergence was nullified by the strong rally in December 2007. So, a bearish divergence in the MACD indicator is not a guarantee that the market will not go higher. We must bear this in mind in the current situation.


Chart 3: FBM-KLCI's daily chart from July 2007 to June 2008 (Source: Quickcharts)

However, a re-test of market extremes (either the low or the high) tends to bring out the wrong reaction by market players. Nobody wants to be the last one to get into the market in the case of a retest of the market peak nor does anyone want to be the last one to get out of the market in the case of a retest of the market bottom. These tendencies lead to market players buying into the market as the previous peak is approaching or vice versa. Similarly, an upside breakout above the previous peak can bring forward a deluge of buying or vice versa. As such a test of a market extreme or a break of this extreme can be achieved due to the herding mentality of market players. The appropriate action is to sell at the resistance or to buy at the support. And, the previous market peak is a very strong resistance while the previous market bottom is a very strong support. If you need a reminder, just look at the chart below.


Chart 4: FBM-KLCI's monthly chart as at Nov 1, 2010 (Source: Tradesignum)

Be careful out there!

Thursday, November 04, 2010

Happy Diwali

I wish all my readers with Hindu beliefs a Happy Diwali. Diwali involves the lighting of small clay lamps (divas) filled with oil to signify the triumph of good over evil- an idea or a belief that everyone can relate with.


(Source: Orkut Glitters)

HSBC's next upleg may have started

HSBC rose HK$3.00 (or, 3.6%) to close at HK$85.50. This mirrored a similar strong move in NYSE where it gained USD1.15 (or, 2.18%) to close at USD53.91. From the chart below, we can see that HSBC broke above its reverse Head-&-Shoulder formation at USD52.50. This means that HSBC is likely to commence its upleg soon.


Chart: HSBC's daily chart as at Nov 3, 2010 (Source: Stockcharts)

For the chart of HSBC as traded in HKEX, go to Yahoo Finance.

Based on the above, you can consider the 2 CWs of HSBC listed on our exchange. The terms & valuation are as follows:


Table: HSBC's CW valuation

I prefer HSBC-C7 for its longer tenor. However, HSBC-C6 also has its attractions, such as lower premium & higher gearing.

LHH is breaking above a strong resistance at RM1.67-1.70

LHH may have a bullish breakout above the strong horizontal resistance at RM1.67-1.70. Next horizontal resistance is at RM2.00. Based on this technical breakout, LHH could be a good trading BUY.


Chart: LHH's weekly chart as at Nov 4, 2010_10.00am (Source: Quickcharts)

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Perstima's uptrend to continue

Results Update

Perstima has just announced its results for QE30/9/2010. Its net profit increased by 3.7% y-o-y to RM21.2 million on the back of a 6.0%-increase in turnover to RM217 million. When compared to the immediate preceding quarter (QE30/6/2010), net profit declined by 12.8% despite a 7.2%-increase in turnover.


Table: Perstima's last 8 quarterly results



Chart 1: Perstima's last 24 quarterly results

Valuation

Based on current price of RM5.20, Perstima is trading at a trailing PE of 5.6 times. At this multiple, Perstima is deemed attractive.

Technical Outlook

Perstima has just broken above its recent high of RM5.12 but on thin volume (see Chart 2 below). The stock is now entering into a heavily-congested area, with multiple resistance levels. However, if we use the line connecting its multi-year peaks, it is possible to see that this stock may retest this line at RM6.30-6.40.


Chart 2: Perstima's daily chart as at Nov 3, 2010_9.10am (Source: Quickcharts)



Chart 3: Perstima's monthly chart as at Oct 30, 2010 (Source: Tradesignum)

Conclusion

Based on attractive valuation & technical breakout, Perstima could be a good trading BUY. Nevertheless, you should take some precaution by placing protective stops since the stock has risen quite substantially in the past 18 months. A good cut loss level would be the 20-week SMA line at RM4.80.

Monday, November 01, 2010

Daya had a bullish breakout

Daya Materials Bhd ('Daya') is involved in the provision of oil & gas products and services, specialty chemicals, advanced polymers as well as technical services. For 1H2010 ended 30/6/2010, Daya reported a net profit of RM6.75 million on a turnover of RM87.8 million. Compared to 1H2009 ended 30/6/2009, Daya's net profit has declined marginally by RM0.49 million while turnover was up by RM4.8 million.

Its financial position is deemed healthy based on its audited accounts for 31/12/2009, with current ratio at 2.2 times & debts to equity at 0.3 time. Its detailed financial statement for QE30/6/2010 (uploaded onto Bursa website) cannot be accessed.

Daya is in a long-term uptrend line with support at RM0.16-0.17. If we use the 30-week SMA line as the medium-term downtrend line, then Daya broke above that "downtrend line" at RM0.20 last Friday. On Monday, it broke above the horizontal resistance at RM0.21. Today, it tested the horizontal resistance at RM0.25- a level that may be too much to overcome after its recent sharp rally. Failure to do so could set the stage for a correction for this stock. This correction could be a good opportunity to buy, especially on pullback towards the horizontal support at RM0.21.


Chart: Daya's weekly chart as at October 30, 2010 (Source: Tradesignum)

Based on technical analysis, Daya could be a good stock for trading BUY. Buy on pullback, ideally at RM0.21.

Sunrise- poised for a bullish breakout?

It was reported in the Star that "Sunrise Bhd plans to launch four projects with a total gross development value (GDV) of RM3.2bil next year. This will support expectations of turning in a better financial performance in the current financial year ending June 30." For more, go here.

Sunrise is poised to test its strong horizontal resistance at RM2.40. A break above this level could signal the beginning of an upleg for this stock. The next resistance levels are at RM2.60-2.70 & then at RM3.00-3.10.



Chart: Sunrise's weekly chart as at Novemner 1, 2010_11.00am (Source: Quickcharts)

This is an anticipatory trading BUY call. Based on technical analysis, Sunrise would be a good trading BUY if it can break above the RM2.40 resistance.