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FBM KLCI rises as sideways trading persists

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  • The FBM KLCI opened 2.38 points higher at 1,620.65 amidst ongoing corporate earnings releases.
  • Apex Securities Research predicts a sideways trend, with a bullish outlook on export-related stocks and the logistics sector.
  • Key gainers included Ambank, MISC, Press Metal, Kuala Lumpur Kepong, YTL Corp, AirAsia X, and Dutch Lady.

The FBM KLCI experienced a modest rise, opening 2.38 points higher at 1,620.65, as investors continue to seek fresh catalysts amidst the ongoing corporate earnings season in Malaysia. This slight uptick follows a relatively flat performance the previous day, reflecting a cautious yet optimistic market sentiment.

Apex Securities Research noted, "Once again, we opine that the FBM KLCI may continue to trend sideways as investors continue to monitor the ongoing flurry of corporate earnings releases on the local front." This sentiment underscores the current market dynamics where investors are taking a wait-and-see approach, particularly as the results period for Corporate Malaysia nears its completion this week.

The research firm also highlighted that lower liners might trend sideways as investors take a breather during this results period. However, there is a bullish outlook on export-related stocks, driven by the expectation that prolonged high interest rates in the US will weaken the ringgit against the US dollar. "Additionally, we favor the logistics sector, which potentially rides onto better-than-expected economic data from China," added Apex.

In the early trading session, several stocks took the lead. Ambank rose by three sen to RM4.30, MISC gained five sen to RM8.42, and Press Metal climbed four sen to RM5.39. Other notable gainers included Kuala Lumpur Kepong, which increased by 22 sen to RM22.20, and YTL Corp, which added four sen to RM3.75. AirAsia X, following its results release, jumped 13 sen to RM1.69, while Dutch Lady climbed 10 sen to RM33.86.

Top actives in the market included ACE Market debutant Smart Asia Chemicals, which rose 10 sen to 50 sen, Dnex, which remained flat at 47 sen, and Pesona, which gained one sen to 19.5 sen.

As the market continues to navigate through the earnings season, investors are keenly observing the performance of various sectors. The logistics sector, in particular, is poised to benefit from positive economic indicators from China, while export-related stocks are expected to gain from the weakening ringgit.

The FBM KLCI's slight rise amidst sideways trading reflects a market in anticipation. Investors are closely monitoring corporate earnings and economic data, with a particular focus on sectors that stand to benefit from current global economic trends.

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