By Abhishek Vishnoi

A comparatively low-tech inventory commerce is making Tesla Inc.’s dizzying rally appear to be an under-performance.

In Southeast Asia, makers of rubber gloves are attracting extra investor fervor than even the electrical automobiles and flame throwers of Elon Musk. High Glove Corp. is up 389 per cent this yr in Kuala Lumpur, probably the most on the MSCI Asia Pacific Index, whereas Supermax Corp. has leaped greater than 1,000 per cent, in contrast with Tesla’s 259 per cent. That’s because of the growth in glove demand because of the coronavirus pandemic, aided by a short-selling ban in Malaysia until year-end.

The meteoric rise has been unprecedented by Malaysian requirements, with the highest three glove makers including about 109 billion ringgit ($26 billion) in mixed market worth this yr. Greater than $1 of each $10 invested within the nation’s inventory market proper now could be a guess on gloves — a feat that makes the Southeast Asian nation a play on world hygiene, very similar to South Korea and Taiwan are for semiconductors. High Glove resumed its rally Friday even after the U.S. moved to dam imports from two of its items.

“The rally in glove makers reminds lots of Tesla however the sector’s earnings outlook is extra sure than that of Tesla,” mentioned Ross Cameron, a fund supervisor at Northcape Capital Ltd., which abroad about $7 billion in property globally. The short-selling ban has had a minor contribution to the rally whereas “we anticipate the sector to report considerably greater than 100 per centearnings progress subsequent yr,” he mentioned.

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Fund managers at Northcape and Samsung Asset Administration have elevated their bets on the sector this yr saying the shift in glove demand is structural and lots of market contributors are nonetheless behind the curve.

Nonetheless, a faster-than-expected growth of a vaccine to deal with Covid-19 dangers placing the brakes on the spectacular rally in glove makers’ shares. The U.S. Customs and Border Patrol has positioned a detention order on disposable gloves made by High Glove. High Glove mentioned in a press release on Thursday that the problem could also be linked to overseas labor and it’s reaching out to U.S. Customs to hunt to resolve the matter inside two weeks.


Fund managers and analysts mentioned the corporate might nonetheless ship their gloves to the US utilizing different items. Additionally any cancellation of orders can be offset by demand from different nations because of the acute scarcity.

For now, the order books have swelled, glove costs have skyrocketed and firms are aggressively increasing their capability to fulfill orders.