KUALA LUMPUR: Foreign funds were net sellers at RM351.6 million between Nov 11-14, up from RM44.1 million recorded between Nov 4-7.
Bank Islam chief economist Dr Mohd Afzanizam Abdul Rashid as quoted in Bernama said this indicates foreign investors were taking a cautious stand on Malaysian equities looking from issues surrounding the trade discussions between the US and China continued to take centre stage as the progress remained highly fluid.
He added, the latest release on Malaysia’s third quarter of 2019 (3Q2019) gross domestic product indicates that the impact from the global slowdown following the ongoing trade war since last year has taken a toll on the country’s external demand.
He attributed the lower growth of 4.4 per cent in 3Q2019 from 4.9 per cent in the previous quarter to external uncertainties which contributed to weak business and consumer sentiment domestically.
Meanwhile, Mohd Afzanizam said companies’ earnings announcements for 3Q2019 should gain further momentum and that FBM KLCI is going to be in a tight range next week.