Bursa Malaysia Is Too Expensive !

April 25, 2009
market valuation

market valuation

According to various research house (international & local included), the current market has been overbought. Please click here for a copy of these reports.
Let’s look into the valuation of Bursa Malaysia. Earnings of Malaysian companies will moderate in 2009 but their share prices have been going up and up. This has caused the forward market P/E to breach 16x. In January 2009,the forward market P/E was around 13x. P/E of 16x is actually the average P/E for Bursa Malaysia for the past 9 years but with current economic crisis, the P/E should be below 16x. Frankly speaking,I will value the whole market at 12x only. 
The sharp rise in the share price is not supported by any good fundamentals. Most of the Malaysian companies have yet to show losses as their annual reports will be out around June 2009.But if you investigate into their quarterly reports,you’ll see that most Malaysian companies have shown sharp drop in their revenue & profit in Q4 2008 and Q1 2009. Hence,it’s matter of time for the bear to rule again.
So what cause the market to go up so fast? My group of friends (who are analysts) discussed & have several explanation for it.
a)  Political power which requested inflow of public funds,  trust  funds and ‘Foreign Direct Investment’ which is ‘proceeds’ belonged to some politicians parked in overseas banks.
b)  Human Greed: Retail investors who are actually market followers (PIGs) have been ushered by mass media to jump into the market now. When retail investors start to trade actively and confidently, big funds mentioned above will quitely and slowly sell their holdings to retail investors who are mostly ‘Uncle and Aunties’. This has pushed the volume to 1-2 billion several times.
Big funds exchange their paper money (shares) with real money (invested by retail investors). This is a great way to ‘collect’ money from the public. Who needs ‘EPF’ and ‘PNB’ anyway?
c) Foreign funds who have fled from the West into Asia. Foreign funds know that the current economic crisis is still with U.S. Therefore,it’s better to park their cash in Asia which has large pool of surpluses.These funds will pull back anytime especially right now, when market valuation in the West start to become more attractive than Asia.
I advise my readers to take their profits now. Even Mr. Tan Teng Boo is smart enough to sell his funds’ holdings. What are you waiting for?
Latest disposal by Capital Dynamics

Latest disposal by Capital Dynamics


Two Sides of A Story

April 11, 2009

Reading analyst reports can be really frustrating.Different analysts have very different opinions.

But analyst reports are useful for us to gather data for research.It’s better to deduce from the data ourselves than listening blindly to analysts.

In addition,analysts are paid commission for recommending certain companies.

Hence,I’ve created a new blog to share analyst reports to my readers.

Please visit my new blog.

This is a bear-market rally !

April 8, 2009

The current rally in U.S is definitely a bear-market rally.Meanwhile,in Malaysia,it’s a political rally. Local funds (private / government) have been holding up KLCI since Dec 2008.Whether they are instructed to do so does not matter.

Comparatively,companies in Bursa Malaysia are much more expensive than companies in Singapore, Hong Kong and other countries in ASIA.It’s sad to say that the current rally will mark a starting point for further decline for stocks in Bursa Malaysia.

There are a few reasons for the continuition of decline in Bursa Malaysia

1) Malaysian stocks are relatively expensive. Foreign investors may wait at the sideline / go to Hong Kong & Singapore.

2) Political uncertainties from now until next election. Or maybe for the next 10 years as capable leader is not yet produced.

3) Weakening export. U.S & Europe are still in recession. 

4) Weak consumer sentiment and rising unemployment. This can be seen in retail sales and home sales. The government and media are trying very hard to cover it up. But you can actually see weakening sentiment with your naked eyes. 

5) Foreign investors are saying “Tak Nak” to Malaysia. Lack of transparency,corruption and small market hinder foreign investment. Big foreign funds may go to Vietnam (Low cost with 80 mil people), China & India (full potential growth story), Singapore & Hong Kong (investment friendly countries)

My advice is not to buy during this rally. It may looks ‘yummy’ but it’s just a mirage.Start to invest again when the bear starts to rule.