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LOCAL equities market can expect to attract more foreign funds in the next six months as there are buying opportunities, Deutsche Bank Global Equities head of strategy (Asia) Mark Jolley said.
Do not assume that foreigners will pull out their money from the domestic capital markets after the ringgit is either re-pegged or de-pegged, said Danny Quant, director, investment consulting South Asia, at Watson Wyatt.
MOST stockbroking firms were likely to have had a good year last year in tandem with the strong market performance, analysts told I>StarBiz./I But the smaller brokerages that depended heavily on retail clients might see flat earnings, as retail participation was limited.
Share prices declined across the board yesterday, with the Kuala Lumpur Composite Index (KLCI) dipping below the 900-point level, following a sharp drop overnight on Wall Street. Investors were uneasy as crude oil prices climbed to US$51 a barrel.
The Kuala Lumpur Composite Index (CI) fell to a low of 894 points before regaining some ground to close at 898 yesterday, down 8.89 points from Monday, as foreign funds trimmed their holdings of heavyweight stocks.
Plenty of Chinese companies are planning initial public offerings (IPOs), but investor attention is elsewhere, and the daunting task of reforming China's troubled banks may cause this year's haul of new Hong Kong issues to undershoot last year's US$12.5bil.