The Asian market closed mixed last Friday after China delivered a weaker-than-expected 3Q18 gross domestic product (GDP) growth, which came in at 6.5% (vs 6.7% in 2Q18). Most Chinese stocks had a sharp sell-off after China’s GDP result but they made a strong comeback in the afternoon following a series of measures announced by the Chinese leaders to support the struggling stock market. At the close on Friday, the Shanghai Stock Exchange Composite Index erased Thursday’s decline, rebounding 2.6% to 2,550.5 points while the Hang Seng Index (HSI) surged 0.4% to 25,561.4 points.
Investors were seen optimistic that the HSI may continue to rise further and hence they actively traded call warrants over HSI. HSI-C3V topped the warrant chart with 155.2mil. units traded while HSI-C3X had investors trading approximately 95.0mil. units. At the end of last week, bullish investors took home 7.8mil. units of HSI-C3V and 1.7mil. units of HSI-C3X; in which both warrants gained 24.3% and 11.3% respectively.
Meanwhile, in the Malaysian market, My E.G. Services (MYEG) shares stole the spotlight last Friday as the share price declined 30% to its intra-day low at RM1.05 and hit a limit-down just before lunch break. The shares were thereafter suspended in the afternoon session following the company’s request as they were seeking clarification from the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) on the details of the charges. Earlier, MYEG along with Datasonic, were mentioned in the criminal charges against Malaysia’s former deputy prime minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and one of the charges against Zahid was due to him allegedly having received 10 cheques worth RM5 mil. to help a company secure a MYEG project. However, by late Friday evening, MYEG clarified that the company and its board of directors are not under investigation nor a party to the investigation leading to the charges against the former deputy prime minister.
The meltdown in the MYEG share price prompted investors to heavily trade the MYEG call warrants. Most notably, the newly listed MYEG-C52 emerged as the most active warrant over Malaysian counters last Friday with a total 12.4mil. units changing hands. Bargain hunters accumulated 4.2mil. units of MYEG-C52 last week with the bid price tumbling 57.1% week-on-week.
Top 5 warrants over Malaysian counter by volume:
|Issuer||Exercise price||Expiry date|
|SUPERMX-C45||46.9||RHB||3.35||13 Dec 2018|
26 Mar 2019
|MYEG-C52||41.6||Macquarie||2.30||30 Apr 2019|
|TOPGLOV-C39||31.2||Macquarie||12.88||28 Feb 2019|
|HIBISCS-CI||30.4||Macquarie||1.10||31 Jan 2019|
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