Glove bear JP Morgan tells clients gloves ain’t needed during vaccinations

TheEdge Wed, Jan 13, 2021 01:22pm - 1 week ago

KUALA LUMPUR (Jan 13): JP Morgan, which initiated coverage on the Malaysian rubber glove sector with "sell" calls in December, reminded investors that gloves are “not needed” while administering vaccinations. 

“With vaccinations now underway, we expect demand for gloves to continue to ease,” wrote JP Morgan in a research note dated Jan 11. 

This is in contrast to consensus expectation that the demand for disposable rubber gloves will rise sharply as frontliners still need them during vaccinations. 

Citing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of the US, the National Health Service of the UK and the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control of Canada, the American bank said medical officers are not required to wear gloves while carrying out vaccination.

“Gloves are needed only if the healthcare workers are likely to come into contact with body fluids or if there is an open wound. Guidelines also state that even after wearing gloves, constant sanitisation between each patient would be the best way to minimise the risk of disease transmission,” it wrote.

Furthermore, JP Morgan stressed that glove prices may have peaked as testing efforts have started to plateau in most countries, especially developed ones. The bank pointed out that the current unprecedentedly strong demand was due mainly to high testing activities globally, particularly in the developed countries. 

“Malaysian glove producers’ aggregate market capitalisation is 86% correlated to the US daily new testing data. The high 90% correlation was due to higher hospitalisation rate, driven by more testing, which in turn leads to higher demand for medical supplies and glove,” the bank commented. 

The anticipated slower demand, JP Morgan said, implies limited upside to the average selling prices of the rubber glove.

In an earlier note dated Jan 6, JP Morgan said it expects glove prices to reach a peak by the first half of 2021, with prices and profits to normalise thereafter.

It maintained “underweight” calls on Top Glove Corp Bhd with a target price (TP) at RM3.50, Hartalega Holdings Bhd (TP: RM8.50) and Kossan Rubber Industries Bhd (TP: RM3.80).

However, it said risks to the calls include a second global wave of Covid-19 which could lift glove prices to new heights, unscheduled capacity shutdowns, a significant fall in input costs such as nitrile and natural rubber, a significant step-up in dividend payouts as well as a substantial degree of ringgit depreciation.

At noon break, Top Glove fell five sen to RM6.63, giving a market capitalisation of RM54.54 billion. Hartalega dropped 12 sen to RM13.02, with a market capitalisation of RM44.76 billion. Kossan fell five sen to RM4.51, with a market capitalisation of RM11.51 billion.

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andy martin
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JPMorgan says Tesla target price is $90. Bunch of jokers.
Ng Floyd
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JPM are dogs, they want to make your money.... JPM personal gain, like Trump
Neo NetRunner
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Let the Company earning & revenue speak the truth, at the end, US still need to buy Hand Glove to solve their Daily high rise cases. According to daily world covid new cases still surge higher every day. The High Demand for the Glove is there.
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Ee Beng Heng
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No way TG can drop to Rm 3.50 !! JP has shorted and wants price to be lower. This is second attempt to press prices lower on Top 4.
Lee Ho Ang
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JP continue to mislead the buyer. They are caught in RSS and purpose is to press the price to escape. Tell me who dare to handle Covic patient without glove?
Jokowitch Widoo
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Emily On
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speculation = JP Morgan
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dog = JP Morgan

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