Malaysia-Market factors to watch on March 1(Friday)


KUALA LUMPUR: Following is a list of events in Malaysia as well as news company-related and market news which could have an influence on the Malaysian market.

GLOBAL MARKETS-World stocks index up on central bank hope, euro falls

SE Asia Stocks-Indonesia at record close in a strong month WHAT IS HAPPENING IN MALAYSIA, IN TIMES LOCAL FOLLOWED BY GMT:

* Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Idris Jala delivers keynote address at "Asean Capital Markets" seminar, Intercontinental Hotel, Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur at 9am (0100).

* Bank Negara Malaysia's wholly-owned subsidiary, Malaysian Electronic Clearing Corporation Sdn Bhd (MyClear) launches mobile banking facility "MyMobile", Main Concourse, Lower Ground Floor, Berjaya Times Square, Kuala Lumpur at 9.45 am (0145).

* Former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad witnesses signing of memorandum of understanding between RHB Bank and Japan Bank for International Cooperation, Westin Hotel, Westin II, Jalan Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur at 3pm (0700). MARKET NEWS

> Nikkei down, market takes breather; easing hopes may limit decline

> Wall St ends flat after late fade; S&P up for 4th month

> U.S. bond prices rise, spending cuts in focus

> Euro pressured as risk sentiment fades, China data eyed

> Gold down 1 pct on day, posts 5th straight monthly drop

> Brent crude oil hits six-week low, down $8 in two weeks

> Palm oil ends off more-than-6-wk low, weak exports weigh MALAYSIA IN THE NEWS:

> Abraaj Capital to sell Turkish health insurer Acibadem-sources

> Malaysia tightens rules on fixing domestic FX rates;

> Thailand agrees to talks with southern Muslim rebels

> Malaysia's February palm oil exports down 8.8 pct -SGS

> Thailand buys feed wheat, India offers new-crop corn

> Malaysian Airline swings to Q4 profit as fuel costs slide

> Myanmar weathers storm in quest for SEA Games gold glut

> POLL-Investors turn in favour of rupee, raise bullish bets on yuan - Reuters

VEGOILS-Market factors to watch March 1(Friday)

KUALA LUMPUR: The following factors are likely to influence Malaysian palm oil futures and other vegetable oil markets.

FUNDAMENTALS

* Malaysian palm oil futures fell to a more-than-six-week low on Thursday, extending losses into a seventh straight session on bleak export data and improved weather in Latin America.

* U.S. soybeans futures rose 1.2 percent on Thursday as strong export demand spurred a wave of technical buying, traders said.

* Brent crude fell to a six-week low near $111 a barrel on Thursday, capping a month-end sell-off that has seen prices fall by almost $8 in two weeks as concerns have resurfaced about the global economy and the strength of demand. MARKET NEWS

* A global equities index rose on Thursday, boosted by renewed confidence that major central banks will keep taking steps to support their economies, while the euro declined against the dollar.

* Gold ended Thursday's session lower to produce its longest run of monthly declines in more than 16 years, while oil's benchmark Brent crude finished February with its sharpest monthly loss since June. RELATED NEWS

> Argentine soy harvest seen smaller at 48.5 mln tonnes -exchange

> Malaysia's February palm oil exports down 9.1 pct-ITS

> Malaysia's February palm oil exports down 8.8 pct-SGS DATA/EVENTS

> Bursa Malaysia holds annual palm oil conference at the ShangriLa, Kuala Lumpur, March 4-6. - Reuters

DIARY - Malaysia - March 1 (Friday)

ALL TIMES ARE PROVISIONAL AND IN LOCAL TIME FOLLOWED BY GMT IN BRACKETS

FRIDAY, MAR 1

KUALA LUMPUR - Datum Economic Forum 2013 "Building Communities Enriching Lives" at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, KLCC at 0900am (0100).

KUALA LUMPUR - Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Idris Jala delivers keynote address at "Asean Capital Markets" seminar at InterContinental Hotel, Kuala Lumpur at 0900am (0100).

* KUALA LUMPUR - Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Jamil Khir Baharom officiates MAIWP-PICOMS Haemodialysis Centre at Pusrawi International College of Medical Science (PICOMS) Gombak Campus, Kuala Lumpur at 0900am (0100).

KUALA LUMPUR - Bank Negara Malaysia's wholly-owned subsidiary, Malaysian Electronic Clearing Corporation Sdn Bhd (MyClear) launches mobile banking facility "MyMobile" at Berjaya Times Square, Kuala Lumpur at 0945am (0145).

* PEKAN, PAHANG - Prime Minister Najib Razak launches the Pahang's Rural Transformation Centre (RTC) and gives the letterof permission to occupy the integrated Community Houses at Kg. Kuala Pahang at RTC Kuala Pahang, Pekan at 1000am (0200).

KUALA LUMPUR - The European Sovereign Debt Crisis and the Future of the Euro at The Westin Hotel, Kuala Lumpur at 1400pm (0600).

KUALA LUMPUR - Director of International Economic and Financial Affairs in the European Commission's Directorate General for Economic and Financial Affairs, Dr Peter Bekx gives a talk on the impact of the sovereign debt crisis in Europe and the future of the Euro at the Westin 1 Ballroom, The Westin Kuala Lumpur at 1430pm. (0630).

* KUALA LUMPUR - Former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad witnesses signing of memorandum of understanding between RHB Bank and Japan Bank for International Cooperation at Westin Hotel, Kuala Lumpur at 1500pm (0700).

SATURDAY, MAR 2 * KUALA LUMPUR - Invest Asean Roadshow comes to Kuala Lumpur at Bursa Malaysia Bhd, Exchange Square, Bukit Kewangan, Kuala Lumpur at 0830am (0030).

* KUALA LUMPUR - Golden years retirement planning seminar 2013 at MIECC, Kuala Lumpur at 1000am (0200).

* KUALA LUMPUR - The Imperial College Alumni Association of Malaysia's "The Future of Malaysia Politics" by former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad at Westin Hotel, Kuala Lumpur at 1900pm (1100).

TUESDAY, MAR 5 * PETALING JAYA - Malaysian Airline System Bhd holds EGM at MAS Academy, Kelana Jaya, Petaling Jaya at 1000am (0200).

THURSDAY, MAR 7

KUALA LUMPUR - Release of International Reserves as at 28 February 2013, and Monetary Policy Statement.

MONDAY, MAR 11

KUALA LUMPUR - Release of January 2013 Index of Industrial Production (IPI), January 2013 Manufacturing Sales and January 2013 External Trade data.

WEDNESDAY, MAR 20

KUALA LUMPUR - Release of February 2013 Consumer Price Index.

FRIDAY, MAR 22

KUALA LUMPUR - Release of International Reserves as at 15 March 2013.

FRIDAY, MAR 29

KUALA LUMPUR - Release of February 2013 Money Supply data, and Detailed Disclosure of International Reserves as at end February 2013.

FRIDAY, APR 5

KUALA LUMPUR - Release of International Reserves as at 29 March 2013 and February 2013 External Trade data.

THURSDAY, APR 11

KUALA LUMPUR - Release of February 2013 Index of Industrial Production (IPI) and February 2013 Manufacturing Sales.

WEDNESDAY, APR 17

KUALA LUMPUR - Release of March 2013 Consumer Price Index.

MONDAY, APR 22

KUALA LUMPUR - Release of International Reserves as at 15 April 2013.

TUESDAY, APR 30

KUALA LUMPUR - Release of March 2013 Money Supply data, and Detailed Disclosure International Reserves as at end March 2013.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 1

KUALA LUMPUR - Market and Public Holiday - Labour Day.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 8

KUALA LUMPUR - Release of International Reserves as at 30 April 2013 and March 2013 External Trade data.

THURSDAY, MAY 9

KUALA LUMPUR - Release of BNM Monetary Policy Statement, March 2013 Index of Industrial Production (IPI) and March 2013 Manufacturing Sales.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 15

KUALA LUMPUR - Release of 1st Quarter 2013 GDP.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 22

KUALA LUMPUR - Release of International Reserves as at 15 May 2013 and April 2013 Consumer Price Index.

FRIDAY, MAY 24

KUALA LUMPUR - Market and Public Holiday - Wesak Day.

FRIDAY, MAY 31

KUALA LUMPUR - Release of April 2013 Money Supply data and Detailed Disclosure of International Reserves as at end April 2013.

SATURDAY, JUN 1

KUALA LUMPUR - Market and Public Holiday - The Yang di-

Pertuan Agong's Birthday.

WEDNESDAY, JUN 5

KUALA LUMPUR - Release of April 2013 External Trade data.

FRIDAY, JUN 7

KUALA LUMPUR - Release of International Reserves as at 31 May 2013.

TUESDAY, JUN 11

KUALA LUMPUR - Release of April 2013 Index of Industrial Production (IPI) and April 2013 Manufacturing Sales.

WEDNESDAY, JUN 19

KUALA LUMPUR - Release of May 2013 Consumer Price Index.

FRIDAY, JUN 21

KUALA LUMPUR - Release of International Reserves as at 14 June 2013.

FRIDAY, JUN 28

KUALA LUMPUR - Release of May 2013 Money Supply data, and Detailed Disclosure of International Reserves as at end May 2013.

THURSDAY, JUL 4

KUALA LUMPUR - Release of May 2013 External Trade data.

FRIDAY, JUL 5

KUALA LUMPUR - Release of International Reserves as at 28 June 2013.

THURSDAY, JUL 11

KUALA LUMPUR - Release of BNM Monetary Policy Statement, May 2013 Index of Industrial Production (IPI) and May 2013 Manufacturing Sales.

WEDNESDAY JUL 17

KUALA LUMPUR - Release of June 2013 Consumer Price Index.

MONDAY, JUL 22

KUALA LUMPUR - Release of International Reserves as at 15 July 2013.

WEDNESDAY, JUL 31

KUALA LUMPUR - Release of June 2013 Money Supply data, and release of Detailed Disclosure of International Reserves as at end June 2013.

MONDAY, AUG 5

KUALA LUMPUR - Release of June 2013 External Trade data.

WEDNESDAY, AUG 7

KUALA LUMPUR - Release of International Reserves as at 31 July 2013, June 2013 Index of Industrial Production (IPI) and June 2013 Manufacturing Sales.

THURSDAY-FRIDAY, AUG 8-9

KUALA LUMPUR - Market and Public Holiday - Hari Raya Puasa

(Eid-Fitr).

WEDNESDAY, AUG 21

KUALA LUMPUR - Release of 2nd Quarter 2013 GDP and July 2013 Consumer Price Index.

THURSDAY, AUG 22

KUALA LUMPUR - Release of International Reserves as at 15 August 2013.

FRIDAY, AUG 30

KUALA LUMPUR - Release July 2013 Money Supply data and release of Detailed Disclosure of International Reserves as at end July 2013.

SATURDAY, AUG 31

KUALA LUMPUR - Market and Public Holiday - National Day.

THURSDAY, SEP 5

KUALA LUMPUR - Release of BNM Monetary Policy Statement.

FRIDAY, SEP 6

KUALA LUMPUR - Release of International Reserves as at 30 August 2013, and July 2013 External Trade data.

WEDNESDAY, SEP 11

KUALA LUMPUR - Release of July 2013 Index of Industrial Production (IPI) and July 2013 Manufacturing Sales.

MONDAY, SEP 16

KUALA LUMPUR - Market and Public Holiday - Malaysia Day.

WEDNESDAY, SEP 18

KUALA LUMPUR - Release of August 2013 Consumer Price Index.

MONDAY, SEP 23

KUALA LUMPUR - Release of International Reserves as at 13 September 2013.

MONDAY, SEP 30

KUALA LUMPUR - Release of August 2013 Money Supply data and Detailed Disclosure of International Reserves as at end August 2013.

FRIDAY, OCT 4

KUALA LUMPUR - Release of August 2013 External Trade data.

MONDAY, OCT 7

KUALA LUMPUR - Release of International Reserves as at 30 September 2013.

THURSDAY, OCT 10

KUALA LUMPUR - Release of August 2013 Index of Industrial Production (IPI) and August 2013 Manufacturing Sales.

TUESDAY, OCT 15

KUALA LUMPUR - Market and Public Holiday - Hari Raya Haji

(Eid-Adha).

TUESDAY, OCT 22

KUALA LUMPUR - Release of International Reserves as at 14 October 2013.

WEDNESDAY, OCT 23

KUALA LUMPUR - Release of September 2013 Consumer Price Index

THURSDAY, OCT 31

KUALA LUMPUR - Release of September 2013 Money Supply data, and Detailed Disclosure of International Reserves as at end September 2013.

SATURDAY, NOV 2

KUALA LUMPUR - Market and Public Holiday - Deepavali.

TUESDAY, NOV 5

KUALA LUMPUR - Market and Public Holiday - Moslem New Year.

THURSDAY, NOV 7

KUALA LUMPUR - Release of BNM Monetary Policy Statement.

FRIDAY, NOV 8

KUALA LUMPUR - Release of September 2013 External Trade data.

MONDAY, NOV 11

KUALA LUMPUR - Release of International Reserves as at 31 October 2013, September 2013 Index Industrial Production (IPI) and September 2013 Manufacturing Sales.

FRIDAY, NOV 15

KUALA LUMPUR - Release of 3rd Quarter 2013 GDP.

WEDNESDAY, NOV 20

KUALA LUMPUR - Release of October 2013 Consumer Price Index.

FRIDAY, NOV 22

KUALA LUMPUR - Release of International Reserves as at 15 November 2013.

FRIDAY, NOV 29

KUALA LUMPUR - Release of October 2013 Money Supply data and Detailed Disclosure of International Reserves as at end October 2013.

FRIDAY, DEC 6

KUALA LUMPUR - Release of International Reserves as at 29 November 2013, and October 2013 External Trade data.

WEDNESDAY, DEC 11

KUALA LUMPUR - Release of October 2013 Index of Industrial Production (IPI) and October 2013 Manufacturing Sales.

WEDNESDAY, DEC 18

KUALA LUMPUR - Release of November 2013 Consumer Price Index.

FRIDAY, DEC 20

KUALA LUMPUR - Release of International Reserves as at 13 December 2013.

WEDNESDAY, DEC 25

KUALA LUMPUR - Market and Public Holiday - Christmas Day.

TUESDAY, DEC 31

KUALA LUMPUR - Release of November 2013 Money Supply data and Detailed Disclosure of International Reserves as at end November 2013

NOTE: The inclusion of diary items does not necessarily mean that Reuters will file a story based on the event. - Reuters

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