KUALA LUMPUR: Following is a list of events in Malaysia as well as news company-related and market news which could have an influence on the Malaysian market.

GLOBAL MARKETS-Shares rally as Fed meeting nears, dollar firms
 
SE Asia Stocks-Higher in subdued trade; Philippines outperforms
 
WHAT IS HAPPENING IN MALAYSIA, IN TIMES LOCAL FOLLOWED BY GMT:
 
* Islamic Finance Conference 2013 at Istana Hotel, Kuala Lumpur.
 
* Prime Minister Najib Razak attends 2014 Budget Consultation at Ministry of Finance, Putrajaya at 0900am (0100).
 
* Whitman Independent Advisors and private retirement scheme providers sign memorandum of understanding at Securities Commission Malaysia, Persiaran Bukit Kiara, Kuala Lumpur at 1000am (0200).
 
* BlueScope Steel announces joint venture partnership with Nippon Steel Sumitomo Metal Corp at The Gardens Hotel, Mid Valley City, Kuala Lumpur at 1000am (0200).
 
* Bursa Malaysia Bhd chief executive officer (CEO) Tajuddin Atan launches Technology Park Corporation Sdn Bhd's TPM Angle Chapter at Putrajaya Marriott Hotel, Putrajaya at 1430pm (0630).
 
* Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Ewon Ebin witnesses signing ceremony between Huawei Malaysia and Multimedia Development Corporation at Huawei Malaysia Global Training Centre, Cyberjaya at 1430pm (0630).
 
MARKET NEWS
 
> Nikkei gains 2.7 pct, climbs out of bear market; wary before Fed outcome
 
> Wall St rises in volatile session before Fed meeting
 
> Bond prices fall on jitters over Fed bond buying
 
> US dollar gains vs yen on stock bounce, Fed meeting
 
> Gold slips as U.S. equities rise, FOMC in focus
 
> Brent crude oil dips before U.S. Fed meeting
 
> Palm oil ends higher on strong exports ahead of Ramadan MALAYSIA IN THE NEWS:
 
> Singapore, Malaysia choke as illegal Indonesia forest fires rage
 
> Malaysia's Sona Petroleum to raise nearly $160 mln in IPO
 
> Asia Softs-Tokyo rubber eyes Fed; cocoa butter at 4-yr high
 
> ILFC confirms $5 bln Airbus A320neo order
 
> POLL-Malaysia's May inflation seen steady at 1.7 pct - Reuters
 
VEGOILS-Market factors to watch June 18(Tuesday)
 
KUALA LUMPUR: The following factors are likely to influence Malaysian palm oil futures and other vegetable oil markets.
 
FUNDAMENTALS
 
* Malaysian palm oil futures ended higher on Monday, after data showed exports rose in the first 15 days of the month as buyers stocked up ahead of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, although gains were capped by uncertainty in the global markets.
 
* Brent crude oil futures touched a 10-week high close to $107 a barrel on Monday as tensions in the Middle East rose, but prices finished slightly lower on the day after a late sell-off in U.S. gasoline futures. MARKET NEWS
 
* Global equity markets rose and the dollar strengthened against the yen on Monday on expectations the Federal Reserve will reinforce its commitment this week to supporting the U.S. economic recovery.
 
* Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT) corn futures leaped over 2 percent on Monday, posting the biggest one-day advance in nearly a month on soaring cash corn markets and tight stocks of corn.
 
* Copper closed a touch lower on Monday on concerns the United States may scale back its monetary stimulus program, and oil prices fell after initially rising on fears of a superpower standoff over Syria and possible disruptions to Middle East crude supplies. RELATED NEWS
 
> Malaysia's June 1-15 palm oil exports jump 18.5 pct -ITS
 
> Malaysia's June 1-15 palm oil exports up 15.7 pct -SGS
 
> Malaysia keeps crude palm oil export unchanged for fifth month > Corn jumps 2 percent on soaring cash markets > Oil traders diversify into food and metals in quest for profits
 
> Louis Dreyfus CEO quits, operations chief to take over
 
> Cocoa sinks for third day, ICE sugar inches up after rally
 
> Argentine grain sales strike may slow much-needed corn exports
 
> Thai govt says rice scheme losses $4.4 bln in 2011/12
 
> Monsoon covers India by mid-June, earliest ever -Met official
 
DATA/EVENTS
 
> Cargo surveyors to release June 1-20 exports data on Thursday. - Reuters

Original source: http://biz.thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2013/6/18/business/20130618081638&sec=business



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