Thursday, October 20, 2011

Stocks to watch 20111021: TH Plantations, AirAsia, MAS, Kumpulan H&L

KUALA LUMPUR: Stocks on Bursa Malaysia could advance on Friday, Oct 21, following fresh positive economic data from the US while interest could continue to be focused on glove makers and selected stocks.

But overall market sentiment would be cautious, as sentiment always hinges on the volatile European and US economic data.

Reuters reported factory activity in the US Mid-Atlantic region rebounded in October and the number of Americans claiming new jobless benefits fell last week, fresh signs that the economy was likely to duck a new recession.

Optimism over the economy was, however, tempered by other data on Thursday showing a drop in sales of previously owned homes last month and only a small rise in a gauge of future growth.

At Bursa Malaysia, among the stocks to watch are TH PLANTATION []s Bhd, AIRASIA BHD [] and MALAYSIAN AIRLINE SYSTEM BHD [] (MAS)and Kumpulan H&L High-Tech Bhd.

TH Plantations’ earnings rose 53.8% to RM33.12 million in the third quarter ended Sept 30, 2011 from RM21.53 million a year ago as it benefited from higher prices for crude palm oil, palm kernel and fresh fruit bunches. Its revenue increased 37.7% to RM115.97 million from RM84.22 million. Earnings per share were 6.51 sen compared with 4.41 sen.

For the nine-month period, its earnings jumped 85.6% to RM87.12 million from RM46.93 million while revenue increased by 27.9% to RM303.73 million from RM237.44 million.

AirAsia and MAS have appointed their own independent advisers to advise the non-interested directors and the non-interested shareholders of each airline on the proposed warrants exchange.

Kumpulan H&L High-Tech’s 70% owned subsidiary in Thailand has temporarily ceased its operations there due to the severe floods.

H&L High-Tech Mould (Thailand) Co. Ltd. (H&LM) located at Bangpa-In Industrial Estate, Ayutthaya had halted its operations. H&LM manufactures metal parts for electronic and metal surface treatment.

BRITISH AMERICAN TOBACCO (M) [] Bhd’s earnings rose 3.3% to RM176.27 million in the third quarter ended Sept 30 from RM179.65 million. Its revenue increased by to RM1.104 billion from RM993.59 million, earnings per share were 61.70 sen compared with 59.80 sen. It declared an interim dividend tax exempt of 60 sen a share compared with 64 sen a year ago.

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