Malaysia-Market factors to watch on March 8(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 local market.

GLOBAL MARKETS-Shares gain on U.S. jobs data, euro up after ECB

SE Asia Stocks- Rallying Philippine retreats; Indonesia at new high

WHAT IS HAPPENING IN MALAYSIA, IN TIMES LOCAL FOLLOWED BY GMT:

* Higher Education Minister officiates Graduate Induction Programme & Industrial Development Programme at WD Media (M) Sdn Bhd, Pasir Gudang at 0830am (0030).

* 8th Annual Conference and Exhibition - Offshore Asia 2013 at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre at 0900am (0100).

* Prime Minister Najib Razak launches Malaysia Wasatiyyah Institute at InterContinental Hotel, Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur at 2030pm (1230).

MARKET NEWS

> Nikkei rises above 12,000 at open on overseas lead

> Dow closes at another high, eyes turn to U.S. payrolls

> Prices fall as jobless data stirs optimism on economy

> Euro gets a lift from ECB; China & U.S. data next

> Gold drops as stimulus hopes fade, payrolls eyed

> Crude rises on surprise drop in U.S. jobless claims

> Palm oil rises to one-week high, industry data eyed MALAYSIA IN THE NEWS:

> Malaysia troops kill 31 Philippine militants; ceasefire offer rejected

> Malaysia holds rates steady, says stance appropriate for growth

> Malaysia's Petronas says to focus on raising domestic output

> Malaysia PM rejects ceasefire with Philippine militants - Reuters

VEGOILS-Market factors to watch March 8(Friday)

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

* Malaysian palm oil futures rose to a one-week high on Thursday, drawing support from expectations of a bullish industry report and a lower palm oil inventory level, although gains were curbed by investor caution.

* U.S. wheat rebounded on Thursday from a nearly nine-month low, while soybeans jumped on better-than-expected weekly export sales and expectations the government will tighten its supply outlook.

* U.S. crude gained more than $1 a barrel on Thursday as data showed an unexpected drop in U.S. unemployment benefits and the dollar weakened. MARKET NEWS

* Global equity markets rose on Thursday after an encouraging U.S. weekly labor market report indicated a steadily improving economy, while the euro strengthened after the European Central Bank left its benchmark interest rate unchanged.

* Commodities rose broadly on Thursday, with metals and agricultural markets mostly posting strong gains after the dollar's tumble fueled buying in raw materials by holders of the euro and other major currencies. RELATED NEWS

> Rains help late-planted Argentine soy and corn -exchange

> Brazil cuts 2012/13 soy crop outlook, cites lower yields

> Drought conditions improve in many U.S. states -report

> Cereal crops likely to be much better in 2013-FAO economist

> PREVIEW-M'sia Feb palm stocks head for 6-mth low on output fall

> UAE buyer tenders for 20,000 T each barley, corn and soymeal

DATA/EVENTS

> Industry regulator the Malaysian Palm Oil Board to release February's stocks data on March. 11.

> The U.S. Department of Agriculture to update its forecasts for 2012/13 U.S. and global wheat, soybean and corn stocks on Friday. - Reuters

DIARY - Malaysia - March 8 (Friday)

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

FRIDAY, MAR 8

* KUALA LUMPUR - Seminar on 'Wasatiyyah' approaches at InterContinental Hotel, Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur at 0800am (0000).

* PASIR GUDANG, JOHOR - Higher Education Minister officiates Graduate Induction Programme & Industrial Development Programme at WD Media (M) Sdn Bhd, Pasir Gudang at 0830am (0030).

* KUALA LUMPUR - 8th Annual Conference and Exhibition - Offshore Asia 2013 at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre at 0900am (0100).

* SHAH ALAM - Judicial Review of Klang Parliamentary constituency electoral roll at Shah Alam High Court, Jalan Majlis, Shah Alam at 0900am (0100).

* KUALA LUMPUR - Universiti Teknologi Petronas signs agreement with Shell on the continuity of sponsorship of Shell professorial chair in petroleum geoscience at the Malaysian Petroleum Club, Tower 2, Petronas Twin Towers, Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC) at 1100am (0300).

* KUALA LUMPUR - Puteri UMNO chief Rosnah Abdul Rashid Shirlin launches Puteri UMNO's peace campaign 'Cintai Keamanan' at Putra World Trade Centre, Kuala Lumpur at 1200pm (0400).

* PETALING JAYA - Malaysia Building Society Bhd launches personal financing-i products--MBSB MAX-i 2 & MBSM Premium PLus at Royale Bintang Damansara, Petaling Jaya at 1445pm (0645).

* KUALA LUMPUR - Maxis Bhd launches the BlackBerry Z10 at Petronas Tower 3, Persiaran KLCC at 1500pmn (0700).

* KUALA LUMPUR - Prime Minister Najib Razak launches Malaysia Wasatiyyah Institute at InterContinental Hotel, Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur at 2030pm (1230).

MONDAY, MAR 11

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

* KUALA LUMPUR - Rebuilding Christchurch, New Zealand, investment opportunities for Malaysian businesses at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre at 0800am (0000).

* KUALA LUMPUR - The Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) holds press conference to announce the Creative Product Development Programme for Malaysian Designers at MIDA Sentral, Jalan Stesen Sentral, Kuala Lumpur at 1000am (0200).

TUESDAY, MAR 12

* KUALA LUMPUR - Panahome Malaysia launches new home building concept at Hilton Hotel, Kuala Lumpur at 1000am (0200).

WEDNESDAY, MAR 13

* KUALA LUMPUR - Government Transformation Programme and Economic Transformation Programme briefing at Securities Commission Malaysia, Jalan Bukit Kiara, Kuala Lumpur at 1430pm (0630).

THURSDAY, MAR 14

* KUALA LUMPUR - The Securities Commission Malaysia (SC) holds press conferecne on its annual report 2012 at Securities Commission Malaysia, Jalan Bukit Kiara, Kuala Lumpur at 1000am (0200).

* PETALING JAYA - Launch of ICAEW Regional Centre of Accountancy Training Excellence at Sunway Resort Hotel and Spa, Bandar Sunway, Petaling Jaya at 1130an (0330).

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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