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A Walk in the Park with Cypark Resources Berhad (5184)

Lately, I have been searching for a company which has good profit margins, a business model which is non-conventional (i.e., not manufacturing, banking, plantation, and trading in nature), and resilient to external market shocks. I hope I have found the right company!


This week I will be looking at Cypark Resources Berhad (5184). Cypark is a company that is involved with the provision of environmental solutions. It has 4 main business segments which are:
1. Environmental engineering: Provision of nature conservation and environmental improvement services.
2. Landscaping and infrastructure: Provision of landscape services, project management services, and infrastructure development.
3. Maintenance: Provision of specialist maintenance works on leachate treatment plants, landscape services for parks, and maintenance of public amenities.
4. Green technology & renewable energy: Solar panel, biogas, biomass, waste-to-energy, and other renewable energy projects.
The business segment with…

What should investors do during times of uncertainty

Mr Investor has been on hiatus. There have not been any concrete investment opportunities, at least on my horizon. So what have I been doing lately? I have been concentrating on my regular job! lol ... 


Today, I felt like I should write about a topic which resonates strongly with me: What should you do when the markets are behaving unfavorably? The term "behaving unfavorably" means a volatile market, and any gains are wiped-out the following few days. I am sure most investors or traders, after having being exposed to the markets can relate to this.
I have a few suggestions to help investors handle this situation better:

Determine the stage of the stock market
Before even thinking to buy shares, an investor should assess the overall market condition. It is said that timing is everything, and in this respect, this statement is true to its core. I shall share a secret with you on how to determine a good time to enter the markets. Usually, it is impossible to time the market…

Zhulian Corporation Berhad (5131) -- Follow-up review (21/7/2018)

This is a follow-up review of my previous post on Zhulian back on February 2, 2018. Previously, I opined that this counter should begin to consolidate after a significant price retracement as it had been trading close to its Net Assets per share price of around RM1.30. Six months after my previous review and it seems like its share price has started to consolidate.

My last post was based on the financial results of Q4 2017. The company has since released the financial results for 2 quarters. Based on its latest financial results, there seems to be some improvement in its profit after tax margin. Profit after tax in Q2 2018 was about RM12 million, was higher than Q1 2018 and Q4 2017, but generally lower than PAT in 2017, see Table 1: Quarterly Financial Results of Zhulian. 
It has been reporting the same story in its quarterly reports that its decline in revenue was due to a drop in sales in its Thai business operations. Cumulatively, its financials fared much worse, see Table 2: Cumul…

A Walk in the Park with Cypark Resources Berhad (5184)

Lately, I have been searching for a company which has good profit margins, a business model which is non-conventional (i.e., not manufacturing, banking, plantation, and trading in nature), and resilient to external market shocks. I hope I have found the right company!


This week I will be looking at Cypark Resources Berhad (5184). Cypark is a company that is involved with the provision of environmental solutions. It has 4 main business segments which are:
1. Environmental engineering: Provision of nature conservation and environmental improvement services.
2. Landscaping and infrastructure: Provision of landscape services, project management services, and infrastructure development.
3. Maintenance: Provision of specialist maintenance works on leachate treatment plants, landscape services for parks, and maintenance of public amenities.
4. Green technology & renewable energy: Solar panel, biogas, biomass, waste-to-energy, and other renewable energy projects.
The business segment with…

FBMKLCI Bear Market Reality?

Are we in a bear market? One thing is for sure, the FBMKLCI is trending like one. It has retreated about 12% to 1,663 points since reaching a high of 1,896 points on April 20, 2018, and is trading well below its 365-day moving average. See Chart 1 below:

Chart 1: FBMKLCI, July 7, 2018


During times like these, cash is king. Most counters that I have been following have been either trending lower or consolidating. It has been a rather uninteresting period in the Malaysian stock market. I have been sitting on the sidelines not wanting any action at the moment. I am looking for opportunities in other financial markets to trade. Other than that, the only thing worth noting is the political state of Malaysia.

I will still continue to review companies and analyse their charts.  If any of you have a great investment idea which you would like to share, do drop your comments below or email me. 
Cheers!

Technical Review of Econpile Holdings Bhd (5253, 16/6/2018)

The markets have not been exciting lately, but I have an interesting stock to share. For investors who are looking for a stock to trade, I recommend Econpile Holdings Bhd (5253).  Its share price seems to be oversold and is ready for a bullish rebound.   

Based on its technical price chart, its share price started to dip at the beginning of 2018. The 30-day exponential moving average (EMA) has been its overhead resistance since early February 2018 until now. In this article, I will explore the likelihood of it breaking above its 30-day EMA overhead resistance. The 30-day exponential moving average overhead resistance could mean that this stock is in a downtrend as well. 
Pakatan Harapan, Malaysia's newly elected political party's victory in the General Elections in May 2018 had an adverse effect on its share price. Upon the opening bell of the Malaysian market on May 14, 2018, its share price gaped down 8 cents, and closed at RM .788, a decline of 22.7 cents or 22% of its…

Technical Analysis Review: FBMKLCI Review (19/5/2018)

It has been a week since Malaysia's 14th General Election. We have witnessed the fall of a government that has ruled Malaysia for about 61 years. Lets us see how has the market has fared.

From my previous review on April 21, 2018, I expected a bullish market leading to the general election. But I noted that if the market were to break below 1,880 points, this would indicate an immediate change in market sentiment from bullish to bearish, and this would lead to a decline to around 1,810 points. Do check out my previous review in this LINK. The FBMKLCI broke below 1,880 points on April 24, 2018, and proceeded to tread lower in the following weeks.
Looking at the FBMKLCI in Chart 1 below, we can see that the bourse made a "false breakout" from a horizontal trend channel on April 20, 2018. The bourse was closed on May 9 for the general elections, and on May 10 and 11 after Pakatan Harapan, the new ruling coalition, gained a simple majority in the Parliament. The bourse…

Heveaboard Bhd (5095) Update (11 May 2018)

This week I will be reviewing Heveaboard. This is a follow-up review to my previous Heveaboard posts. 

As you are aware, many stocks on Bursa Malaysia were beaten down to its lows recently. Now, after a historic win in the 14th Malaysian General Elections by Pakatan Harapan (Alliance of Hope), will the stock market bounce back? 

The General Election held on May 9,2018, was by and large peaceful and went on without a hitch.  Malaysians are hoping for a clean, fair, and just government. This positive perception will be echoed in the stock market and will bring back market confidence.

We now turn our focus to the annual report of Hevea  that was recently published on April 30, 2018. I thought it would be a good time to perform a follow-up review of this stock. 

Technically, it is showing signs that its share price has bottomed out and has formed a base. The share price has retraced from a high of RM1.72 in October 2017 to RM0.88 in May 8, 2018, a retracement of about 50% !!  See Chart 1: Hev…

Oil prices are going up. And here are the reasons why.

Rising oil price is positive for oil and gas counters. Based on the chart of West Texas International (WTI), the worst seems to be over for oil. But will this bullish environment last? 

Based on the price chart of West Texas International below, it seems that prices have convincingly breached the $60 level.

Chart 1: West Texas International Chart as of May 4, 2018

Demand 
According to OPEC’s April 2018 estimates, daily world oil demand has been on the increasing trend; growing from 97.07 million barrels per day (mb/d) in 2017 to 98.7 mb/d in 2018. Besides, oil demand is expected to exceed the historical threshold of 100 mb/d in the fourth quarter of 2018.

Based on the above OPEC statistics, the increase in the demand for oil in 2018 of 1.63 mb/d is due to increase in demand from China of 0.42 mb/d, US of 0.23 mb/d, India of 0.20 mb/d, and Africa of 0.14 mb/d, refer to Table 1 below on Oil Demand in 2018. The demand for oil in other regions was relatively unchanged for the same year. Th…

Is it time to buy Inari Amertron Bhd (0166)?

Inari has recently corrected from a high of RM2.50 and is currently trading at RM1.90. A 60 cents or a 24% discount from its previous high, is it a good time to enter now?

For a short-term trader, taking a trade near immediate support at RM1.70 looks like a promising trade. Considering it has been on a bullish uptrend since forever, this recent price retracement looks like a God sent for those seeking to buy at lower prices. But is this a bear trap for opportunistic traders?

Chart 1: Inari Amerton Bhd Chart


Prices were certainly reacting to the recent negative news coming from US and China. Not surprising, was the recent sell down in the US tech stocks segment. News about a trade war between China and US and slowing iPhone sales have peppered the news headlines. Investors and traders should exercise some discretion as these are just market "noise."

Is the current downtrend of any concern? Yes, prices have recently traded below its 200-day Exponential Moving Average. For …

Dufu Technology Corp Bhd (7233)

Dufu Technology Corp Bhd (7233) (Dufu) is a listed company on the FBMKLCI. It was established about 30 years ago on October 1987. The 3 main principal activities of this company according to its website, are:
1. Development and manufacture of precision machining components for the Hard Disk Drive industry, safety and sensor industry, telecommunications industry, and consumer electronics industry
2. Design and manufacture of precision steel moulds and stamping of parts and components
3. Provision of support services

If you are like me, a person who wants to know the split of revenue and profits in terms of business segments, you will be disappointed. This company does not disclose this information in such detail. It only discloses its revenue split in terms of geographical location as shown below in Chart 1:

Chart 1: Revenue of Dufu based on geographical location

The Hard Disk Drive Industry and its Competitors It is no secret that the global shipments for Hard Disk Driv…

Technical Analysis Review: FBMKLCI Review (21/4/2018)

It has been some time since I last blogged about the markets. So far, I have been accurate about the markets. Do check out my previous review of the FBMKLCI

The index staged a breakout on April 19, 2018, to close on a high of 1,895.18; its highest since July 2014 when it closed around 1,890 points. Note that it has been about 4 years since it last closed above 1,890 points. 

What are the probable possibilities?
In my opinion, there are three possibilities: 
1. The market stages a false breakout and then moves lower to 1,810 points.
2. This is a genuine breakout, prices hold above 1,880 points, and continues moving higher.
3. Prices retrace below 1,880 to around 1,860 or 1,835 points; prices then consolidate for some time. 

It should be noted that market momentum was bullish for the past 3 weeks from 8 to April 19 as prices rallied continuously. 

Chart 1: FBMKLCI Chart as of April 20, 2018





Bullish momentum to carry on?
I cannot deny what I see as the chart tells me that bullish momentum can st…

Trading Ideas: Sasbadi Holdings Berhad (5252)

Sasbadi is one of the companies that I came across numerous times back when I was a student. I was a loyal supporter of Sasbadi reference books as I found their books well organized, contained relevant information, and had a good range of exercise questions. If you were born after the 80’s I am sure you would have heard of Sasbadi. In fact, my decent examination results were partially due to purchasing their good quality reference books. 


Today I’d like to take a look at Sasbadi Holdings and see whether it has any investment merit.
Below is a chart of Sasbadi’s share price:
Chart 1: Sasbadi Historical Share Price
Based on the chart above, prices have retraced near to its initial IPO price of about 45 cents. Despite appreciating to a high of RM1.06, prices started to turned south in 2017. 
Chart 2: A detailed look at Sasbadi's share price 
Noticed the long-term bearish Head-And-Shoulders formation which formed in November 2016 to August 2017. This followed with a break of the "n…

Technical Analysis Review: FBMKLCI (2/2/2018)

It has been awhile since I last reviewed the FBMKLCI. My last review was on 26/11/2017. During that time I was bearish on the FBMKLCI and highlighted that the immediate support was around 1,700 points. Do check out my review HERE. I came close though, the FBMKLCI reached 1,708 points in December 5, 2017. Ever since then, the FBMKLCI has rallied to a high of 1,880 points as of February 2, 2018.

Overall, the FBMKLCI is in an uptrend, potentially taking a breather at 1,880 points.

Chart 1: FBMKLCI


From the price action, I noticed that currently FBMKLCI is oversold and has met immediate resistance at 1,880. The Relative Strength Index (RSI) and the Stochastic Indicator also shows that the index is oversold.

Despite the FBMKLCI being oversold, I cannot for sure say that prices will immediately turn south. Probably consolidating before continuing in its uptrend. Based on price action, I think prices may retrace due to the oversold conditions. The cautious sentiment was echoed around the Asian…

Trading Ideas: Zhulian Corporation Berhad (5131)

Today I will be reviewing Zhulian Corporation. This company is a multi-level-marketing (MLM) company dealing with a host of beverages, health products, jewellery, home products and appliances, personal care products, beauty apparels and skin care products.

This review is not a detailed review, rather an analysis of its quarterly results and its technical price action.

Zhulian’s past 4 quarters cumulative earnings per share (EPS) was 11.50 cents and it is trading at a price-earnings ratio of approximately 14.4 times as of February 1, 2018.

Chart 1: Price chart of Zhulian


Based on its price chart, price rallied from a low of RM1.20 on January 3, 2017, to its highest point of RM2.15 on January 24, 2018, an appreciation of 180%. However, prices dipped on January 25, 2018, after the announcement of its latest Q4 2017 financial results. I guess expectations were running high on whether Zhulian could sustain the growth in its share price.

At this point, prices have retraced about 50%, from a …

Johore Tin Berhad (7167)

Johore Tin Berhad (7167) or Johore Tin has 2 main business segments:
1. Tin manufacturing – the manufacture of tin cans, containers and tin plates
2. Food and beverage (F&B) – the production of infant dairy products, milk powder, condensed and evaporated milk, and other dairy beverages

One would assume based on its name – Johore Tin – its main business is tin can manufacturing. Surprisingly, it has shifted its focus over the years from a tin manufacturer to a food and beverage company. This happened back in 2012 when its management decided to invest into the food and beverage business. To be frank, I have never noticed its products in the shopping complex as most of the milk products on display are dominated by popular brands from Nestle, Dutch Lady and Fonterra. I was looking out for Able Dairies’ products on the shelves of Tesco, but I was unable to recognise any of its products on display. Below is a breakdown of revenue based on its business segment.

Chart 1: Split …

Mikro MSC Berhad (0112)

Mikro MSC Berhad (0112) is a company that manufactures and sells analogue, digital and computer controlled electronic devices for the purpose of protecting, monitoring, and programming an electrical system.

Its products are an integral component in any building as it helps monitor and regulate a building’s electrical system. It functions through protecting electrical equipment by isolating and tripping a circuit breaker when an electrical fault is identified and allowing unaffected areas within the electrical network to continue operating. Protective relays are found in any building, from industrial buildings, plants, office buildings to shopping complexes, and hotels; hence, the usefulness of its products.

Picture 1: Mikro’s products

Don’t worry if you do not have an engineering background; I am not an engineer myself. The beauty of investing is that one does not need to be an expert in that field. But a good understanding of what a company does, identifying potential growth opportuni…