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THE Statistics Department is expected to release the January 2021 rubber statistics today.
FOCUS will be on Bank Negara’s monetary policy decision. Bank Negara’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) is scheduled to meet on Thursday to review the overnight policy rate (OPR).It has maintained the OPR unchanged at 1.75% on Jan 20.
KUALA LUMPUR: The ringgit opened higher against the US dollar on Monday, as the greenback retreated on the back of improved riskier asset demand with the progress in the vaccine rollout to curb COVID-19 infections, dealers said.
It’s a busy week ahead for economic data, which includes inflation, export, import and trade balance as well as foreign reserve.
THE focus this week will be on corporate earnings as more companies are due to release their results for the fourth quarter of last year.
THE main release this week will be the gross domestic product (GDP) data for the fourth quarter of 2020 (Q4’20). Bank Negara is expected to release the data on Thursday.
THE main data event of the week will be the IHS Markit Malaysia Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI).
THIS holiday-shortened week will see the Statistics Department releasing the external trade statistics for December 2020 on Friday. The market will be closed on Thursday in conjunction with Thaipusam celebration.
SINGAPORE Jan 22 (Reuters): Indonesian shares were the worst hit among Asia's emerging stock markets on Friday after a record rise in domestic Covid-19 deaths, while the region's currencies took a breather from recent gains as the dollar steadied.