Foreign selling extends into 18th week as investors sold RM600.7m last week, says MIDF Research

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KUALA LUMPUR (June 22): Foreign selling of Malaysian equities on Bursa Malaysia Securities extended for the eighteenth week as investors sold RM600.7 million last week, from RM539.2 million the prior week.

In a fund flow note today, MIDF Research analyst Khoo Zhen Ye said so far in 2020, foreign investors have sold RM15.7 million net on Bursa.

“In comparison to the other six Asian markets we track, Malaysia still has the fourth smallest foreign net outflow on a year-to-date basis.

“As markets reopened on Monday last week, international investors took out RM358.9 million net of local equities which was a similar trend for all Asian markets on fear of a resurgence of the Covid-19 outbreak,” said Khoo.

Nevertheless, Khoo said foreign funds came into the local market at a tune of RM101.6 million net last Tuesday, snapping a three-day selling spree on Bursa.

“The modest entry of foreign funds into Malaysia on Tuesday coincided with the local bourse settling at 1,517.7 points, denoting a one-day gain of 1.26%.

“Risk-on sentiment was probably spurred on Tuesday as the recovery rate of Covid-19 cases showed signs of stabilisation in the country,” he said.

However, he said foreign net buying in the local market was short-lived last Wednesday as international funds sold RM83.3 million net.

“Investors’ appetite probably was adversely affected by political instability in the country with a higher likelihood of a snap election taking place as well as the fresh outbreak of the virus in Beijing.

“The level of foreign net selling increased for three consecutive days to RM155.4 million on Friday,” he said.

Khoo said the overall mood in the market was sombre as investors grew warier of a second wave of covid-19 infections, particularly with China and America showing signs of increased infections.

“Moreover, the US weekly jobless claims data on Thursday, which showed 1.5 million Americans filing for unemployment insurance in the week before, was higher than forecast.

“In terms of participation, foreign investors were the only group that experienced a weekly increase in their average daily traded value (ADTV) of 7.9% to reach RM1.62 billion. Note that the ADTV was still healthy above the RM1 billion mark,” he said.