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Next round of FiT quota allocation next month

Posted: 11 Apr 2014 09:00 AM PDT

PUTRAJAYA: The next round of feed-in-tariff (FiT) quota allocation for homeowners and small-scale renewable energy (RE) projects, that includes biogas and mini-hydro, will start from May 2.

The Sustainable Energy Development Authority Malaysia (Seda) will also allow, for the first time, community places such as schools, mosques, churches and welfare homes to apply for FiT quotas.

"We expect to receive about 100 applications from the community category," Seda chief executive officer Datin Badriyah Abdul Malek told reporters on the sidelines of a briefing.

Previously, this group had to compete for quotas in the commercial category.

Seda has allocated a quota of five megawatts this year for the community category, with maximum size of 24 kilowatts per site.

Seda is offering 65 MW in RE quota for 2014.

More than half of the allocation is reserved for solar. The four RE resources that are eligible for FiT are biogas, biomass, small hydropower and solar photovoltaic.

The FiT programme is funded by electricity consumers who contribute 1% of their total power bill towards the Renewable Energy Fund.

To improve efficiency, the fund plans to stop paying the additional 26 sen per kilowatt incentive that was previously enjoyed by homeowners who replaced their rooftops with special solar panels.

"Seda is seriously considering to totally remove this particular bonus for the installation of solar PV as building materials or also known as building integrated photovoltaic next year," said chief operating officer Dr Ali Askar Sher Mohamad.

Nasdaq ends below 4,000 for first time since early Feb

Posted: 11 Apr 2014 03:47 PM PDT

NEW YORK: U.S. stocks slid in a volatile session on Friday, with the Nasdaq closing below the 4,000 mark for the first time since early February.

Selling accelerated late in the afternoon, with the biotech and other momentum stocks again leading the Nasdaq sharply lower. JPMorgan's disappointing earnings also gave investors a reason to sell some bank stocks.

For the week, the S&P 500 fell 2.6 percent and the Nasdaq lost 3.1 percent, the biggest weekly decline for both indexes since June 2012.

"Today's decline is what we've been seeing all week. The weakness in the biotech and momentum names is getting investors worried about where the market is headed in the near-term, eventually triggering a selloff in everything," said Robert Pavlik, chief market strategist at Banyan Partners in New York.

"Our long-term outlook on the market hasn't changed because if you understand why the market is selling off, you know it's not rational, that it doesn't make sense," he added.

The Dow Jones industrial average <.DJI> fell 143.47 points or 0.89 percent, to end at 16,026.75. The S&P 500 <.SPX> lost 17.39 points or 0.95 percent, to finish at 1,815.69. The Nasdaq Composite <.IXIC> dropped 54.372 points or 1.34 percent, to close at 3,999.734.

The Nasdaq Composite fell through 4,000 for the first time since early February and many one-time market darlings are now down substantially from records reached only six or seven weeks ago.

JPMorgan Chase & Co <JPM.N> shares fell 3.7 percent to close at $55.30. The stock was the biggest drag on the S&P 500 after the bank reported a far weaker-than-expected quarterly profit as revenue from securities trading fell.

The S&P financial index <.SPSY> dropped 1.2 percent. It was the S&P 500's worst-performing sector.

The Nasdaq biotech index <.NBI> fell 2.8 percent after rising as much as 1 percent earlier. The Global X social media index <SOCL.O>, which includes Facebook <FB.O> and LinkedIn <LNKD.N>, slid 2.3 percent. Facebook shares fell 1.1 percent to $58.53. LinkedIn shares lost 2.5 percent to end at $165.78.

In contrast to the day's sharp downturn, shares of Wells Fargo & Co <WFC.N> rose 0.8 percent to $48.08 after the biggest mortgage lender in the United States reported a 14 percent increase in first-quarter net profit.

Shares of Herbalife <HLF.N> sold off late in the day after the Financial Times reported that the Department of Justice and the FBI had launched a probe into the company. The stock tumbled 14 percent to close at $51.48.

Even with the recent declines, investors appear committed to equities. Investors in U.S.-based funds poured $8.9 billion into stock funds in the week ended April 9, data from Thomson Reuters' Lipper service showed on Thursday.

The latest economic data showed that consumers felt more optimistic as April got under way. The Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan's preliminary April reading on the overall index of consumer sentiment came in at 82.6, the highest since July, as both current conditions and expectations brightened.

The seasonally adjusted producer price index for final demand increased 0.5 percent last month, the largest increase in nine months, pointing to some pockets of inflation at the factory gate.

Trading volume was around 7.3 billion shares on U.S. exchanges, above the 6.9 billion average so far this month, according to data from BATS Global Markets.- Reuters

Southeast Asia stocks: Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore fall

Posted: 11 Apr 2014 03:39 PM PDT

SINGAPORE: Indonesia shares ended higher on Friday, trimming losses on the week amid bargain hunting in battered large caps as investors weighed political uncertainties after an unconvincing election win by the main opposition party. 
    Jakarta's Composite Index closed up 1.1 percent,
recouping some of the more than 3 percent drop on the previous
session as shares of Bank Mandiri and Bank Rakyat
Indonesia rebounded after steep losses on Thursday.
    It was down 0.9 percent on the week.
    Stocks in Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand
 drifted lower on the week after recent rally. The
Philippines and Vietnam outperformed, with a
weekly gain of 0.6 percent and 1.3 percent, respectively.
    Global equities slipped to a two-week low on Friday as a
sell-off on Wall Street led by technology and biotech shares and
triggered by concerns that valuations are over stretched spread
to Asia and Europe. 
    The Thai market will be closed on Monday and Tuesday for a
public holiday.
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 Change on day
 Market             Current     Prev Close    Pct Move
 TR SE Asia Index*   416.78        417.74       -0.23
 Singapore          3198.22       3203.58       -0.17
 Kuala Lumpur       1852.66       1859.52       -0.37
 Bangkok            1389.16       1389.56       -0.03
 Jakarta            4816.58       4765.73       +1.07
 Manila             6596.96       6638.89       -0.63
 Ho Chi Minh         600.57        601.33       -0.13
 Change on year
 Market             Current       End 2013    Pct Move
 TR SE Asia Index*   416.78        417.74       +7.32
 Singapore          3198.22       3203.58       +0.97
 Kuala Lumpur       1852.66       1859.52       -0.77
 Bangkok            1389.16       1389.56       +6.96
 Jakarta            4816.58       4765.73      +12.69
 Manila             6596.96       6638.89      +12.01
 Ho Chi Minh         600.57        601.33      +19.01- Reuters

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