Stock Picks – December Outlooks & Top 5 Buys

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Buy for 2011. For December, we would advise investors to return to the market to position for a potential rally in 1H2011. We note that December had indeed been a good month since 1996, posting positive returns 86% of the time. We are, for December, inclined towards the Big Caps, with our Top Banking and Telco sector Buys again being CIMB, Maybank and Axiata. Our Top Buys for December include stocks from the Property and O&G sectors.

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Which Stock to Buy or Avoid with Stronger Ringgit

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The Ringgit, which has strengthened more than 6% year to date against US dollar, is poised to make further gain. The current strength has helped selected “ringgit-play” stocks to emerge.

However, “ringgit-play” stocks may only short term phenomenon. The stocks that gain the most with strong ringgit is the the companies that imports a lot of raw materials in foreign currency. The companies that depend on export may be turn out to be a loser.

The table below shows sectors and stocks that benefit from stronger ringgit.

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