Wednesday, May 24, 2017

GDEX: Earning Dropped After The Festive Seasons

Recent Results

For QE31/3/2017, GDEX's net profit dropped 13% q-o-q but rose 9% y-o-y to RM8 million while revenue dropped 7% q-o-q but rose 14% y-o-y to RM61 million. Profits dropped q-o-q mainly due to decline in sales performance as a result of lesser e-commerce shipments after the festive season. At the same time, the Group reported increase in operating costs related to manpower, rental expenses and supplies costs on the back of business expansion and growth in e-commerce business transactions. Sales dropped q-o-q mainly due to lower e-commerce transactions after the festive season, as compared to immediate preceding quarter.

Table: GDEX's last 8 quarterly results

Graph: GDEX's last 33 quarterly results

GDEX (closed at RM3.03 yesterday) commands a PER of 109 times (based on last 4 quarters' EPS of 2.78 sen). At this high PER, GDEX is very expensive.

Technical Outlook

GDEX had a scorching run after it broke above its horizontal line at RM1.80 in March this year. This came on the heel of its proposal for a 3-to-1 bonus (here). The ex-date has now been fixed at June 7 (here). The near-vertical rally is crazy & unsustainable.

Chart 1: GDEX's monthly chart as at May 23, 2017 (Source:

Chart 2: GDEX's daily chart as at May 23, 2017 (Source:

Despite the good financial performance & exciting prospect of the e-commerce sector, GDEX's high valuation is simply hard to justified. I recommend a SELL INTO STRENGTH.


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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Market Outlook as at May 16, 2017

Two weeks ago I posted my market outlook which is likely to be "a decelerated uptrend market based on 3-fan uptrend lines". (here). One of the rules for the use of a 3-fan uptrend lines is that "(t)he violated uptrend line shall act as a resistance capping subsequent price rise".

Looking at the daily chart, we can see that FBMKLCI imay soon test the resistance from the violated uptrend line, S-S2 at 1795-1800. For example, it went to an intra-day high of 1787 this morning before correction set in. Where can FBMKLCI go in the near term?  

Chart: FBMKLCI's daily chart as at May 16, 2017_11.00 (Source:

If FBMKLCI can surpass the resistance of 1795-1800, it means that the sustainable uptrend line of S-S2 has prevailed. In that scenario, the market uptrend will be strong and outlook will be bullish.

The alternative scenario is that the test of the resistance at 1795-1800 will not succeed and the market will pullback. That's a neutral scenario of a market correction (a short-term negative) within an uptrend market (medium-term positive). I feel this is the more likely scenario. To work with this scenario, you should sell into strength for the next few days. I am talking about a partial profit-taking and not total sell-out.

In the medium-term (over 2-4 weeks time frame), we shall watch out for FBMKLCI staying above the uptrend line, S-S3 (currently at 1755). A breakdown of this uptrend line will be decidedly bearish for the market because "violation of S-S3.... would mean the end of the uptrend. There will not be another uptrend line, S-S4".

Good luck!

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Harta: Bullish Breakout

In the past few weeks, I have noticed the steady decline in the share prices of Kossan & Topglov. I attribute the weakness in the share price to the strengthening of our MYR. Exporters receiving foreign currency proceed will be getting proceed in MYR. If they can sell forward in the past to protect their revenue (and assured themselves of their profit), this safeguard was withdrawn by BNM a few weeks ago. Hence. exporters are losing out as our MYR strengthens. All's fair in business & economy; what goes up must comes down!!

Chart 1: Kossan's daily chart as at May 9, 2017_11.45 (Source:

Chart 2: Topglov's daily chart as at May 9, 2017_11.45 (Source:
Strangely, Harta was able to maintain its share price at RM4.80-4.90 while Kossan & Topglov were sliding during that period. I noted the anomaly but did nothing about it. Yesterday Harta broke above the RM5.00 psychological after Kossan & Harta had a strong rebound over the past 2 days. 

Chart 3: Harta's daily chart as at May 9, 2017_11.45 (Source:  
Today we are faced with the age-old dilemma in the stock market: Do you buy a stock that has declined or one had a bullish breakout? If we rephrase that choice between buying a cheaper stock versus a pricey stock, the answer is obvious! However, we "koew" why Kossan & Topglov dropped earlier but we don't know why Harta didn't drop. We "know" why Kossan & Topglov are rebounding but we don't know why Harta is breaking out to the upside. Again, we tend to go with what we know (or think we know). Thus, the choice is obvious. If you have been in the market long enough, and have a memory of an elephant, you will know that if you can't invest based on the obvious case.

My choice is to go with technical analysis. I will choose Harta for a bullish breakout, and to avoid Kossan & Topglov as their prices are in an intermediate downtrend. Good luck!

Friday, May 05, 2017

Commodities Complex In Trouble

When investors want to know the state of commodities complex, they will look at the Thomson Reuters/CoreCommodity CRB Index (TR/CC CRB or simply CRB). According to Wikipedia, this index provides dynamic representation of broad trends in overall commodity prices (here). After ten revisions, CRB index today is made up of 19 commodities that are quoted on the NYMEX, CBOT, LME, CME and COMEX exchanges. The 19 commodities that made up the index are Aluminum, Cocoa, Coffee, Copper, Corn, Cotton, Crude Oil, Gold, Heating Oil, Lean Hogs, Live Cattle, Natural Gas, Nickel, Orange Juice, Silver, Soybeans, Sugar, Unleaded Gas and Wheat.

These commodities are sorted into 4 groups:
  • Petroleum based products (based on their importance to global trade, always make up 33% of the weightings)
  • Liquid assets
  • Highly liquid assets
  • Diverse commodities.
CRB broke the line connecting its low for the past 12 months at 182 in late April. It struggled to hang onto the psychological 180 level for nearly 2 weeks. Yesterday it finally broke thru the 180 level and closed at 177.01.

Chart 1: CRB's daily chart as at April 4, 2017 (Source:

The breakdown of CRB coincides with the breakdown of the uptrend line for WTIC on May 2. Yesterday, WTIC dropped 5% and broke thru the low of USD47 recorded in March to USD45.52!! Where's happening!

Chart 2: WTIC's daily chart as at April 4, 2017 (Source:

Between Dow Jones trading near its all-time high and WTIC & CRB index breakdown, somewhere somethings are not going right! Of course, China!! We can see from the chart below, SSEC has broken below its uptrend line.

Chart 3: SSEC's daily chart as at April 4, 2017 (Source:

The weakness in commodities and Chinese stocks could come to our shore. We should be careful in our investing approach and must avoid over-trading in the near term.

PRKCORP: Risk & Reward Go Together

All listed companies have 4 months to submit their Annual Reports ('ARs') to the exchange. If a company failed to do so, it will be given 5 market days to rectify its failure. The fifth day is known as the Suspension Deadline.

PRKCORP's FY2016 fell on Dec 31. It should have released its AR by 30 April 2017. The exchange has issued to PRKCORP a Suspension Deadline to submit the 2016 AR on or before 8 May 2017. Failure to do so would lead to the suspension of the trading in its shares with effect from 9.00 a.m., Tuesday, 9 May 2017 until further notice.

For the following reasons, you should not rush to sell your shares in PRKCORP.

1. PRKCORP is a profitable company, albeit reporting a loss in FY2016.

Diagram 1: PRKCORP's last 10 years' P&L (Source:

2. PRKCORP is financially healthy, with low borrowing & high liquidity position.

Diagram 2: PRKCORP's last 4 years' current & gearing ratios (Source:

3. For the above reasons, PRKCORP was subject to a privatization offer by its major shareholder, PKNP in 2014. The offer price was RM3.90! For more, read

4. This is not the first time the company exceeded its 4-month deadline for AR submission. It had happened 5 years in a row, in FY2010, FY2011, FY2012, FY2013 & FY2014.

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In fact, you may consider buying the stock at the current price as the share price is not far from its long-term uptrend line. I think it is fairly a good buy at RM1.70-1.80.

Chart: PRKCORP monthly chart as at May 4, 2017 (Source:

Good luck!

Thursday, May 04, 2017

Market Outlook as at May 4, 2017

On April 11, I posted that FBMKLCI had broken its intermediate uptrend line (here). Fortunately, Morgan Stanley upgraded Malaysian stocks on April 21 (here), and that helped to power up our market until this week.

From Chart 1 below, you can see that the index nearly went above the violated uptrend line, SS. The failure to stay above the uptrend line, SS could lead to 3 possible price directions:
1) A bearish reversal into a downtrend (which I rate as an unlikely scenario)
2) A neutral sideways market (which I rate as a probable scenario)
3) A deceleration of the uptrend market (which I also rate as a probable scenario)

Chart 1: FBMKLCI's daily chart as at May 4, 2017 (Source:

Between the 2 probable scenarios, I believe we are likely to see a decelerated uptrend market based on 3-fan uptrend lines (see the re-drawn FBMKLCI chart below). The idea behind the 3-fan uptrend lines is very simple: Markets continuously search for a sustainable uptrend line. Our current bullish market began with a steep uptrend line, S-S1, which was violated in mid-February. After that, the market transitioned into a more gradual uptrend line, S-S2, which was also violated in early April. Since then, the market could have potentially entered into its third uptrend line, S-S3.

Chart 2: FBMKLCI's daily chart as at May 4, 2017 (Source:

There are 2 rules to follow:
1) The violated uptrend line shall act as a resistance capping subsequent price rise.
2) There could only be 3-fan uptrend lines; from S-S1 to S-S2 & finally to S-S3. The violation of S-S3, at 1745 would mean the end of the uptrend. There will not be another uptrend line, S-S4.

Hence, it is important that FBMKLCI should stay above S-S3 at 1745.

Note: I am very reluctant to use the 3-fan uptrend lines. The reason being I'm unable to attribute the rules governing this idea to anyone. I remember reading about it in a book a long time ago. Unfortunately I can't remember who's the author (possibly, Murphy) nor can I find it on the internet. I have to highlight this point because its veracity is uncertain. I also don't want anyone to think that I made it up for my convenience. Because it's not illogical, I continue to use it in my technical analysis.

FGV: What's Up!

FGV tumbled down badly over the past 3 days, from a high of RM2.10 on April 28 to an intra-day low of RM1.79 today. From the daily chart, we can see that FGV has broken its intermediate uptrend line, SS at RM2.00. It has just tested the support at the horizontal line at RM1.80.

Chart 1: FGV's daily chart as at May 4, 2017_4.00pm (Source:

If it breaks below the RM1.80 support, it may go to RM1.40-1.50!

Chart 2: FGV's weekly chart as at May 4, 2017_4.00pm (Source: 

The reason for the sharp decline is not because of the decline in CPO prices. Though CPO is still in an intermediate downtrend line, it has rebounded a bit in the past few days. In any event, other plantation stocks are holding up quite well.

Chart 3: CPO's chart as at May 4, 2017_4.00pm (Source:  

I believe the reason for the sharp decline is that Felda, the parent of FGV, is putting a squeeze on FGV to get a better deal on the land lease  agreement with FGV. This being an election year, only turn the heat up on Felda's political masters to get a good deal from the land lease agreement in order to reward the settlers. Any good deal for Felda will likely be a bad deal for FGV. For more, go here.

But the politicians must also be mindful that any excessive drop in FGV share price will anger these settlers, who are also shareholders of FGV. How to structure a win-win deal will be a true test for these politicians!

Based on the sharp decline in the share price over the past 3 days, FGV should be due for a rebound. Any further drop to the horrific low of RM1.50 will not be tolerated by anyone. If you are having FGV in your portfolio, you may be better off just holding on it than joining the sell side now.

MKH-OR: What's The Fair Value?

MKH is carrying out its rights issue exercise. The rights issue share costs RM1.89 each and there will also be a bonus issue "on the basis of two (2) Bonus Shares for every one (1) Rights Share subscribed for".

Whenever there is a rights issue exercise, you can compute the theoretical ex-right price after the entitlement date has passed. In practice (for trading purpose), we called it the ex-date to distinguish it from the entitlement date when the shares appear or remain on the list of shareholders.

MKH is well-passed the need to compute the theoretical ex-right price as the share has gone ex on April 28. Today is the first day of trading of the rights issue share entitlement or MKH-OR. MKH is now trading at RM2.35 & MKH-OR is trading at RM4.92 (as at 9:25am). Is that correct? How much is the MKH-OR?

The formula to compute MKH-OR (assumed to be "a") is as follows:

Cost of rights issue shares  + Cost of bonus shares = Value of new shares
1000 (OR price + subscription price) + (2000 x 0)  = (3000 x share price)
1000 (a + 1.89)                                   +  0               =   3000 x 2.35
a + 1.89                                                                    =    7050/1000 
a                                                                               =    7.05 - 1.89
a                                                                               =    5.16         

Of course, the market price of MKH-OR will always be at a slight discount to the computed value above but it shouldn't be too far away. Be guided accordingly in your trading.

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

IWCITY: A Bridge Too Far

In December 2015, TRX City Sdn Bhd (TRX City) announced that it had entered into the share sale agreement with IWH CREC Sdn Bhd (IWH CREC) for the latter to take a 60%-stake in the 485-acre Bandar Malaysia project. IWH CREC is a 60:40 JV company owned by Iskandar Waterfront Holdings Sdn Bhd (IWH) and China Railway Engineering Corp (M) Sdn Bhd (CREC).

In March this year, IWH announced a proposed merger of with its listed associate Iskandar Waterfront City Bhd (IWCity). This will effectively give the new IWH/IWCity a 36%-stake in the Bandar Malaysia project.

In addition to its stake in TRX City, the new IWH/IWCity will also own up to 7,400 acres of land fronting the sea between Johor Baru and Singapore. IWH currently owns 1,072 acres mainly located in Tebrau, Johor as well as 3,900 acres of waterfront land, of which 80% has been reclaimed.

TRX City announced 3 hours ago that that the Bandar Malaysia development agreement with IWH CREC has lapsed due to failure to meet the payment obligations outlined in the Conditions Precedent under the SSA. For more, go here.

Interestingly, IWH CREC has disputed claims by TRX City about 1 hour ago (here). It stated categorically: “IWH CREC is concerned with the content of the termination notice and the subsequent press release issued by TRX City, which, given the factual matrix, does not fully and accurately reflect the circumstances and conduct of the parties in this matter.” (Or, in plain English, you are not telling the truth!) I wonder whether there is a political angle to this break up. Maybe, too much drum-banging by this guy?

Happily Ever After It Was Not...

Without the Bandar Malaysia project, the IWH/IWCity merger could still go thru. However, the centerpiece of the merger is of course the stake in Bandar Malaysia. The potential collapse of the Bandar Malaysia deal would reduce IWH/IWCity to be just another Johor property stock. With that, I believe we could see a sharp correction in IWCity share price tomorrow. As the strong support is at RM1.75 - a long way down from its high perch above RM3.00 - I advise caution if you want to trade on this stock.  

Chart: IWCity's monthly chart as at May 3, 2017 (Source:

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Semiconductor Stocks: I'm Still Standing

Last week, I posted about a possible temporary top for semiconductor stocks in line with the breakdown of the intermediate uptrend line for the Philadelphia Semiconductor Index (SOX). However, the market proved me wrong very quickly. This week, SOX rebounded back to its recent high. Does the party still have a long way to go?

Chart 1: SOX's daily chart as at April 26, 2017 (Source:
If SOX can surpass the recent high, it would probably be above the intermediate uptrend line. If this condition is attained, I consider the semiconductor sector to be safe and the stocks' uptrend is likely to continue. For now, I feel that the jury is still out.

Chart 2: SOX's weekly chart as at April 26, 2017 (Source:

AMBANK: Broke Above Its Downtrend Line

In early March, I wrote again about AMBANK testing its downtrend line (here). On April 21, AMBANK finally broke above its long-term downtrend line, RR at RM5.00. See Chart 1 below.

Chart 1: AMBANK's weekly chart as at April 27, 2017_12.30 (Source:

If you look closely, there is a minor resistance at the recent high of RM5.02 that capped the price rise for 4-5 weeks. The upside breakout of the long-term downtrend line and the recent high of RM5.02 set this stock free. It soared immediately to the psychological level of RM5.50 before correction set in.

Chart 2: AMBANK's daily chart as at April 27, 2017_12.30 (Source:

Based on my previous financial analysis and the current technical breakout, AMBANK is a good stock to invest for long term.

Genting Singapore: Next Upleg in Progress

Brief Background

Genting Singapore (“Genting SP”) is the owner & operator of the casino & theme park in Singapore known as Resort World Sentosa. Since it commenced operation in 2010, this casino has been profitable. From the chart below, you can see a sharp drop in profit in FY2015 as well as a recovery in FY2016. See the table below.


Table: Genting SP’s 10 years result

Investment Idea

Genting SP was reported to the vehicle used by the Genting group to bid for a casino license in Japan. In December 2016, Japan has passed a law that has legalized the setting up of casinos. The Japanese market was reported to be worth about USD30 billion (bigger than Macau). For more, go here.

Technical Outlook

Genting SP broke above the downtrend line, RR at S$1.00 in February. This is a confirmation that the price will not be going lower from that point onwards. What doesn't go down tends to go up! 

Chart 1: Genting SP monthly chart as at April 26, 2017 (Source:

Go up, it did. However, the price rise was capped by the horizontal line at S$1.04 from December 2016 until 2 weeks ago. On April 10, 2017, Genting SP broke above the S$1.04 mark, which signaled the start of the next upleg for this stock.

Chart 2: Genting SP weekly chart as at April 26, 2017 (Source:

Based on technical breakout, Genting SP is now a good trading BUY. For medium-term player, you may look at a target price of S$1.40. Good luck!