Construction Sector

OSK maintain OVERWEIGHT rating on construction sector, driven primarily by:

(i) implementation of the various projects under the ETP, and

(ii) the potential of more contract awards as the Govt attempts to generate a feel-good factor given the potential of an early General Election.

Gamuda, Mudajaya and KimLun are OSK’s top picks

Below are the target price for selected stocks in construction sector.

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During the 4th Economic Transformation Programme (ETP) update recely, the PM unveiled a further 9 Entry Point Projects (EPP)s worth over RM2bn, bringing the total to date at 60 projects under 46 EPPs. To date, the projects will produce RM95bn in investments and increase GNI by RM137bn.

With the ETP and theupcoming General Election as its twin catalysts, OSK remain Overweight on the Malaysian market with our 1680 pts year end target intact. Favourite sectors remain Banks, Oil & Gas, Property and Construction.

The 4th EPPs announced include:

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Despite relatively strong results from a number of Blue Chips in February, the market still retreated and ended up in the red so far in 2011. Selling was largely attributed to concerns arising from political unrest in the Middle East but the risk is limited if this does not spread to Saudi Arabia.

With the 4Q2010 earnings results season over, OSK unveil new 2011 KLCI year-end target of 1680 pts, which is the average of the 2011 KLCI fair value (1648 pts) and that for 2012 of 1710 pts.

OSK continue to advocate Buying into Weakness for sectors such as Banking and to trade in O&G, Construction and Property plays. OSK also adding a slightly defensive flavor to our Top Buys for March. While the market remains volatile for now, OSK see an election driven rally towards year-end.

The table below are the target price for March 2011 top picks.

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2010 proved to be a decent year for OSK’s Small Cap Jewels although their performance was eclipsed by the liquidity-infused rally, which benefited the bigger caps, particularly from 2H2010.

Of the 50 stocks profiled in handbook, half posted absolute returns in excess of 20%, with 49% outperforming the FBM Small Cap and FBM KLCI indices.

While the smaller caps are expected to bask in the glory their larger cap peers in 2011, investors should not ignore names with good longer term potential that are trading at attractive valuations.

OSK like small caps in the construction, property, oil & gas and consumer sectors as beneficiaries of the ETP, elections and earnings themes.

The table below are the 2010 performance of OSK Top 50 Small Jewels and performance since OSK’s Small Cap Jewels report released in April 2010.

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The 10th Sarawak state election should be held this year before its official deadline of 23 July. OSK study the share price performance of 5 Sarawak-based contractors during the 2006 election. They found that their share prices did indeed outperform 6M and 3M before the polls but underperformed 3M after election.

Investors can consider riding on this election play but advised that they lock in gains on Nomination Day, which is usually 1-2 weeks before the actual polls. OSK have a BUY rating on Naim, HSL and KKB while CMS and Zecon are NOT RATED.

The table below are the target price for constructions stocks to look for 10th Sarawak state election.

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