Friday, March 4, 2011

20110304 1812 FCPO EOD Daily Chart Study.

FCPO closed : 3660, changed : +60 points, volume : lower.
Bollinger band reading : correction range bound downside biased.
MACD Histrogram : recovering, seller reducing position.
Support : 3650, 3620, 3550, 3500 level.
Resistance : 3700, 3720, 3750 level.
Comment :
FCPO closed higher for the 4th day decreasing exhanged after news on Reuters survey news of Malaysia Feb 2011 stock level fall to 10 month lows and ahead of next week 3 days MPOB Palm Oil Conference 2011 while firmer crude oil price seems affecting a soy oil prices to trade higher.
Daily chart formed a up bar candle continue to head toward middle Bolligner band level after market opened gap up, tested lower level and recovered upward surging higher closed near the high of the day.
Chart reading remained unchanged with a correction range bound downside biased market development testing support and resistant level.
When to buy : buy at support or weakness with quick cut loss and profit target.
When to sell : sell at resistant or strength with quick cut loss and profit target.

20110304 1745 FKLI EOD Daily Chart Study.

FKLI closed : 1520 changed : 12 points,  volume : higher.
Bollinger band reading : side way range bound.
MACD Histrogram : rising, buyer testing market.
Support : 1515, 1500, 1485 level.
Resistance : 1530, 1540, 1550, 1580 level.
Comment :
Rallied FKLI closed recorded gain with increasing volume changed hand doing about 2.5 points discount to cash market while regional and US overnight market closed higher after US official announced a better than expected unemployment data.
Daily chart formed an up doji bar candle with long upper shadow after market opened gap up, surge higher triggered some short covering testing upper Bollinger band level, following by profit taking activities press price lower surrendered some earlier gains to close near the low of the day ahead of the weekend.  
Chart wise, the reading turned to suggesting a side way range bound market development testing support and resistance level with MACD Histrogram positive divergence still valid and confirmation of positive MACD cross up.
When to buy : buy at support or weakness with quick cut loss and profit target.
When to sell : sell at resistant or strength with quick cut loss and profit target.

20110304 1520 Breaking News on Palm Oil

Reuters Survey :
Malaysia Feb 2011 Palm Oil Export Down 9.9% at 1.09 million tonnes from a month ago.
Malaysia Feb 2011 Palm Oil Output almost flat at 1.06 million tonnes from a month ago.
Malaysia Feb 2011 Palm Oil Stocks Down 2.4% at 1.38 million tonnes from a month ago (19 month lows).

20110304 0945 Global Economic Related News.

China: Manufacturing PMI fell to 44.1 in February
China’s non-manufacturing industries contracted in February for the first time in a year because of a weeklong Lunar New Year holiday. The Non-Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index dropped to 44.1 from 56.4 in January, the China Federation of Logistics and Purchasing said, falling below the 50 level that divides expansion and contraction. (Bloomberg)

India: Food inflation slows to near 3-month low on harvest
India’s food inflation slowed to near a three-month low after supplies of fruits and vegetables increased from the winter harvest. An index measuring wholesale prices of agricultural products including lentils, rice and vegetables rose 10.39% in the week ended Feb 19 from a year earlier, the commerce ministry said. The gain is the least since Nov 27 and compares with an 11.49% increase the previous week. (Bloomberg)

Australia: Trade surplus narrows as floods disrupt mining
Australia’s trade surplus narrowed in January as floods inundated the nation’s northeast, disrupting exports of coal and other commodities. The excess of exports over imports totaled AUD 1.88bn (USD 1.91bn), down from a revised AUD 2bn surplus in December, the Bureau of Statistics said. The surplus exceeded the median estimate in a Bloomberg News survey of 24 economists for a surplus of AUD1.6 bn. (Bloomberg)

EU: Investment falls most in a year, export growth slows
European companies cut investment by the most in a year in the fourth quarter and export growth weakened, curbing economic growth even as consumers stepped up spending. Euro-region investment including construction spending dropped 0.6% from the third quarter, when it fell 0.1%, the European Union’s statistics said. Export growth slowed to 1.8% from 2.2% and consumer-spending growth accelerated to 0.4% from 0.1%. Gross domestic product rose 0.3% in line with Feb 15 estimate. (Bloomberg)

US: Productivity rises 2.6% in fourth quarter, costs fall 0.6%
The productivity of US workers increased in the fourth quarter at a faster pace as companies sought to pare costs to preserve profits. The measure of employee output per hour rose at an unrevised 2.6% annual rate after a third-quarter gain of 2.3%, figures from the Labor Department showed. Labor expenses fell for a second straight year. (Bloomberg)

US:Claims fall to 368,000, lowest since 2008
Initial jobless claims unexpectedly declined last week to the lowest level since May 2008, pointing to a strengthening labor market. Applications for unemployment benefits decreased by 20,000 to 368,000 in the week ended Feb 26, Labor Department figures showed. Economists forecast claims would climb to 395,000, according to the median estimate in a Bloomberg News survey. The total number of people receiving unemployment insurance fell to the lowest level since Oct 2008. (Bloomberg)

20110304 0944 Malaysia Corporate Related News.

Lion to fire up RM3bn mega blast furnace project in Banting
Tan Sri William Cheng’s Lion Diversified Holding will jointly invest in a RM3.23bn blast furnace project spanning several steel ironmaking facilities with his two other listed vehicles. Lion Diversifies will own a 51% stake in the joint venture under Lion Blast Furnace SB while Lion Industries Group and Lion Forest Industries will hold 29% and 20% respectively of the project located in Banting, Selangor. (Malaysian Reserve)

New multibillion ringgit investment for O&G project in Teluk Ramunia
Johor will receive a new multibillion-ringgit investment for an oil and gas (O&G) project in Teluk Ramunia soon. The state has earmarked a 800ha plot on the southeast coast of Johor, said Johor Menteri Besar Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman. The project will be led by a "local company that has been all over the world and is now coming back to Malaysia". The government will help fund the development of infrastructure for the project. Ghani refused to elaborate. (BT)

KNM Group secures RM693m new orders to-date
KNM Group has secured new order amounting to RM693m so far this year, underpinned by the improved sentiments in the global oil & gas industry, the oil & gas process equipment manufacturer said in a statement to Bursa Malaysia yesterday. It said its current order book stood at RM6.4bn with a backlog of RM6.4bn. (Financial Daily)

EPF can’t own more than 45% of RHB Cap
Bank Negara has not allowed the Employees Provident Fund (EPF) board to hold more than 45% of the paid-up share capital of RHB Capital. In a note to Bursa yesterday, RHB Cap said that RHB Investment Bank and CIMB Investment Bank, on its (RHB Cap’s) behalf, said that Bank Negara was not able to consider the EPF’s application via a letter dated Feb 25. “Accordingly, EPF’s irrevocable undertaking to subscribe under the rights issue shall be for a minimum of 45% of the total rights shares,” it said. (StarBiz)

Prasarana to get part of RRIM land for development
Syarikat Prasarana Negara will be allocated a parcel of land in the proposed Sungai Buloh Rubber Research Institute Malaysia (RRIM) development project for commercial development as part of the “rail plus property” model being used to offset the cost of building the mass rapid transit (MRT), sources said. “Negotiations are ongoing between Prasarana and the Employees Provident Fund (EPF),” said one source. “The parcel of land (to be allocated) will be used to build the MRT's main depot but it will also include commercial development above and possibly around the depot, in the form of retail and office space,” another source explained. (StarBiz)

Kenmark directors fined RM2.5m
Bursa Malaysia has fined three directors of financially troubled Kenmark Industrial Co (M) some RM2.5mi collectively for breaking listing rules. The three Taiwanese, who have not appeared in public since the furniture company's troubles began last year, are being punished for Kenmark's unclear and late statements, among others. Legal action would be taken against them, namely Hwang Ding Kuo @ James Hwang, Chang Chin- Chuan and Chen Wen-Ling, if they fail to pay the fines before 10 March 2011. (StarBiz)

20110304 0912 Global Market Related News.

Crude holds near $102 ahead of U.S. payroll data
SINGAPORE, March 4 (Reuters) - U.S. crude futures held steady near $102 a barrel ahead of payrolls data from the United States, a leading economic indicator, while skepticism remained on whether a proposal from Venezuela to resolve the Libya crisis would be carried out.
Libyan rebels pushed west on Thursday while Venezuela said Muammar Gaddafi had agreed to its proposal for an international commission to negotiate an end to the turmoil in the world's 12th largest oil exporting nation.

US corn/soybeans held back by dollar, wheat up
SYDNEY, March 4 (Reuters) - U.S. corn and soybeans futures were flat in early Asian trading, as traders assessed the currency impact of a weaker U.S. dollar against the euro, while the greenback made modest gains against other currencies such as the yen.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) said weekly sales of U.S. corn surpassed 1 million tonnes for a fifth week, matching the longest such streak since late 2007 as importers scrambled for supplies amid tightening stocks.

Gold steady Above $1,415/oz after fall, US job data eyed
SINGAPORE, March 4 (Reuters) - Spot gold held steady, consolidating after falling more than 1 percent in the previous session, as investors await a key U.S. job market report to assess the health of the world's top economy.
"If the payrolls data surprises on the downside, gold prices will continue to be supported," said a Tokyo-based trader. "If it is better than expected, it may put some pressure on prices."

Asia stocks set for biggest weekly rise in 3 mths
HONG KONG, March 4 (Reuters) - Asian stocks were poised for their best weekly gains in three months as market players hunted for bargains while the euro perked up after the European Central Bank signalled a rate hike as early as next month.
"Substantial gains are expected in morning trade on hopes for good jobs data in the U.S., but the market may trim gains towards the close because investors remain cautious until they actually see the figures," said Shinichiro Matsushita, a market analyst at Daiwa Securities.

Oil : Crude holds near $102 ahead of U.S. payroll data
SINGAPORE, March 4 (Reuters) - U.S. crude futures held steady near $102 a barrel on Friday ahead of payrolls data from the United States, a leading economic indicator, while skepticism remained on whether a proposal from Venezuela to resolve the Libya crisis would be carried out.
Libyan output has fallen to 700,000-750,000 barrels per day from normal levels of 1.6 million bpd as most foreign oil workers had taken flight, according to Shokri Ghanem, the head of Libya's state-owned oil company.

COMMODITIES: Oil, gold fall on Libya plan, doubts limit decline
NEW YORK, March 3 (Reuters) - Oil and gold ended lower on Thursday, as investors took some profits off recent highs, following news that Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi accepted a plan to end uprising in the OPEC nation, but scepticism about the deal's success kept prices firmly underpinned.
"I am highly skeptical the market is coming off on assumptions that Chavez will successfully mediate in Libya," said Stephen Schork, editor of The Schork Report in Villanova, Pennsylvania. "I think the market was overbought."

GLOBAL MARKETS: Asian stocks rise on oil retreats, euro gains
HONG KONG, March 4 (Reuters) - Asian shares rose on Friday,  helped by retreating oil prices and a firmer Wall Street close while the euro perked up after the central bank signalled a rate rise as early as next month.
"Substantial gains are expected in morning trade on hopes for good jobs data in the U.S., but the market may trim gains towards the close because investors remain cautious until they actually see the figures," said Shinichiro Matsushita, a market analyst at Daiwa Securities.

Libya Tamoil unit could see UN sanctions impact
LONDON, March 3 (Reuters) - The Swiss branch of Libyan oil company Tamoil said on Thursday United Nations sanctions could affect the group's ability to source crude and that high oil prices had forced it to cut refinery runs.
Tamoil also said it was already running its 72,000 barrel-per-day Swiss Collombey refinery at reduced rates and on reserve stocks, making it the first refiner in Europe to confirm run cuts.

China 2011 Agriculture Spending To Top CNY858 Bln -State TV
The Chinese government plans to invest more than CNY857.97 billion this year in its agricultural sector, state television reported. The spending plan would represent an increase of about 5% over the spending in 2010.

FAO Says Rising Oil Could Herald Food Crisis (Source: CME)
Rising oil prices could tip the world into a food crisis next season, a senior executive at the United Nations' food organization said as its food price index hit a new record in February. The Food and Agriculture Organization index rose 2.2% in February--the eighth consecutive monthly rise--to an average 236 points, the highest in real and nominal terms since FAO started monitoring prices in 1990. Global cereal supplies are also expected to tighten sharply this year due low stock levels, the FAO said. The body raised its estimate for 2010 world cereal production by 8 million metric tons to 2.2 billion tons, but said it expects that to be outpaced by an 18 million-ton increase in consumption.
While the world isn't yet facing a food crisis, the secretary of the FAO's Intergovernmental Group on Grains Abdolreza Abbassian said the recent rise in oil prices could create the same potent mix of factors that pushed grain prices to record highs in 2008. "The oil factor, which has so far not been a driving factor this season, could become an element like it was in 2008," he said. "It's very unlikely we will see a food crisis in 2010-11 but we can't exclude such a situation in 2011-12." International export prices of major grains are already more than 70% higher than this time last year after a succession of weather problems in key producers slashed hopes for the world harvest. The FAO's cereal price index, which includes prices of food staples wheat, rice and corn, rose 3.7% in February to 254 points, its highest level since July 2008.
Abbassian said the increase in oil prices has now made planting crops such as corn more attractive as they can be converted into fuel substitute ethanol. "With oil prices rising it could encourage a bigger corn crop at the expense of other crops," he said. However, this removes crucial acreage from crops like wheat. The FAO predicts wheat production will rise about 3% in 2011, but Abbassian said a minimum increase of 3.5% is needed. The FAO oils and fats price index rose marginally to 279 points in February, a level just below the June 2008 peak. Of all the commodities groups monitored by the FAO only sugar dipped last month, to 418 points, slightly below the previous month but still 16% higher than February 2010.

U.S. private-sector jobs pick up pace in February
NEW YORK, March 2 (Reuters) - U.S. private sector employers added more jobs than expected last month, raising hopes that Friday's closely watched government jobs report could show more growth than anticipated.
Economists said the private-sector data released on Wednesday bodes well for the labor market, though they noted the month-to-month changes in the ADP Employer Services report are not always good predictors of the U.S. Labor Department's larger nonfarm payrolls data.

China Q1 inflation seen above 5 pct - govt economist
NINGBO, China, March 3 (Reuters) - China's annual inflation is likely to top 5 percent in the first quarter of 2011, a senior government economist said on Thursday.
The full-year inflation rate would probably be about 4 percent, said Fan Jianping, head of economic forecasting at the State Information Center, a government think tank.

GLOBAL ECONOMY-European business surges, price pressure builds
LONDON, March 3 (Reuters) - Europe's private sector surged ahead at its fastest pace in almost five years in February in an upturn that included debt-ravaged euro zone economies like Ireland and Spain, business surveys showed on Thursday.
While suggesting a strong start to 2011 for most of the world's major economies, the latest batch of purchasing managers' indexes (PMI) again pointed to fast-building inflationary pressures.

Glencore bullish on 2011 outlook for commodities
LONDON, March 3 (Reuters) - The world's biggest commodities trader, Glencore International, is bullish on the outlook for the asset class, expecting last year's buoyant trends based on growth in emerging nations such as China to persist this year.
Glencore, preparing for a possible stock listing, posted a 40 percent jump in 2010 net profit on Thursday, driven by strong commodity prices, especially metals such as copper.

PRECIOUS-Gold dips as Libya peace plan saps safe-haven bid
LONDON, March 3 (Reuters) - Gold slipped on Thursday after the Arab League said a Venezuelan proposal to end the Libyan conflict was under consideration, but uncertainty over the future of the region kept prices in sight of record highs.
Arab League Secretary General Amr Moussa told Reuters on Thursday that the a plan to bring peace to proposed by Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez was "under consideration."

FOREX-Euro near key resistance; ECB's Trichet in focus
LONDON, March 3 (Reuters) - The euro hovered near a four-month high and a key resistance area against the dollar on Thursday, supported by expectations that the European Central Bank is set to pave the way for rate rises later in the year.
Investors have pushed the euro up about 3 percent from a low hit on Feb. 14 on the view that ECB chief Jean-Claude Trichet, who speaks at 1330 after the bank ends a policy-setting meeting, will sharpen his anti-inflation rhetoric as oil prices continue to soar.

U.S. corn steady after selloff, soybeans edge higher
SINGAPORE, March 3 (Reuters) - U.S. corn futures were nearly flat in cautious trade after steep losses in the previous session which were triggered by long liquidation resulting from social unrest in the Middle East.  "The market is eyeing the political unrest in north Africa and the Middle East which is having a mixed impact on the agricultural complex," said Luke Matthews, an agricultural commodities strategist at Commonwealth Bank of Australia.

Indonesia sees agriculture data as key to food security -officials
JAKARTA, March 3 (Reuters) - Indonesia's agriculture ministry and statistics agency have signed an agreement aimed at releasing more agriculture data, to help food security planning in the world's fourth-most populous nation.
Like many emerging markets, Indonesia is battling booming global food prices, and has been forced to import various foods as it grapples with inflation.

Oil dips briefly on Libya peace talk; ECB in view
LONDON, March 3 (Reuters) - A proposal by Venezuela President Hugo Chavez to try to broker a peace deal in Libya briefly pushed oil lower while recently risk-averse stock markets put in some gains.
"If it's coming out of Chavez, it might not have a great degree of substance," said Tim Riddell, head of technical analysis at ANZ in Singapore.

Big US corn export sales set to slow
CHICAGO, March 3 (Reuters) - U.S. corn export sales may have topped 1 million tonnes for a fifth straight week, equaling the most torrid pace since the frenzied days of late 2007, but shipments will now have to slow soon.
The latest flurry of corn sales -- fueled by fears of shrinking stockpiles and rising prices -- has simply offset a sluggish first half of the marketing year and put sales back on pace to reach the U.S. Agriculture Department's most recent export target, but not exceed it, analysts said.

China seen planting more corn, cotton as prices rise
BEIJING, March 2 (Reuters) - China's farmers are likely to devote more acreage to corn than any other crop this spring to benefit from historic high prices, the government is expected to show in a plantings report later this month.
Bellwether U.S. cotton futures  surged to an all-time high last month, driven largely by an insatiable appetite from China, the world's biggest importer of the fibre.

20110304 0909 Soy Oil & Palm Oil Related News.

Soy product futures end mixed, as soymeal rises with soybeans on optimistic outlooks for demand amid tight projected soybean supplies. However, ample nearby supplies limited advances to only a moderate recovery, analysts say. Soyoil stumbles on profit taking from recent gains and spillover weakness from lower crude oil futures. Crude oil influences soyoil due to its use in making renewable fuels. CBOT May soyoil ends 0.03 cents or 0.05% lower at 58.77 cents per pound, and May soymeal trades $8.10 or 2.2% higher at $372.50 a short ton. (Source: CME)

Argentina Grain Port Strike Continues; Deal Seen Near (Source: CME)
Argentine port workers Thursday continued to picket two important grain ports at a key shipping center north of the city of Rosario, as a dispute over service fees entered its second day. About three-quarters of Argentina's agriculture exports are shipped from river ports clustered around Rosario and nearby San Lorenzo. Argentina leads the world in soymeal and soyoil exports and is the third-largest soybean exporter. The cooperative that employs the picketing workers is demanding that grain exporters pay more for the port services it provides. "We're not too far apart" in the negotiations, Monica Games, administrative secretary for the cooperative, said in an interview.
So far, the effect of the strike has been limited, as only two of the 12 ports lining the banks of the Parana River near San Lorenzo have been shut down, Games said. In addition, port activity is at its lowest point of the year right now, as grain supplies from last season's harvest dwindles. However, the corn harvest has already started and the soy harvest will kick off in earnest toward the end of this month.  China 2011 Agriculture Spending To Top CNY858 Bln -State TV The Chinese government plans to invest more than CNY857.97 billion this year in its agricultural sector, state television reported. The spending plan would represent an increase of about 5% over the spending in 2010.

Palm oil up 1.4 pct on crude oil, China import tax move
KUALA LUMPUR, March 3 (Reuters) - Malaysia's crude palm oil futures climbed 1.4 percent as traders bet that higher oil prices and news China plans unspecified import tax cuts on imported goods will boost demand for vegetable oils.  "China has been getting aggressive again about importing agriculture goods after the Lunar New year holiday," said a Malaysian trader.

Higher local supply to cut India edible oil imports
NEW DELHI, March 3 (Reuters) - India's edible oil imports may fall by around 500,000 tonnes as domestic supply is expected to rise 15 percent to 7.5 million tonnes in 2010/11 on higher oilseeds output, a leading trader said on Thursday.
Higher local supply in the world's No. 1 edible oil buyer and lower imports could put a downward pressure on global prices.

Palm oil smallholders can more than double output-green group
JAKARTA, March 3 (Reuters) - Independent smallholder palm oil plantations in Indonesia could more than double production if given access to better farming techniques, and help combat deforestation, an environmental group said on Thursday.
Palm oil output in the world's top producer Indonesia hit about 22 million tonnes last year, and is seen below 22 million  this year because of heavy rains.