KL shares close higher on selective play in heavyweights

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Bursa Malaysia (Bloomberg pic)

KUALA LUMPUR: Bursa Malaysia closed higher today, lifted by selective play in heavyweight counters, amid stronger regional markets.

The benchmark FTSE Bursa Malaysia KLCI (FBM KLCI) increased 8.1 points to 1,736.84 against Monday’s close of 1,728.74.

The index had opened 0.57 of a point weaker at 1,728.17 and moved between 1,727.34 and 1,736.84 throughout the day.

A dealer said the local market experienced a modest lift in thin trading ahead of the mid-term review of the 11th Malaysia plan, scheduled for Thursday.

He said the mood in the market was helped by the rebound in major Asian equities markets after the recent heavy sell-off.

However, gains were capped due to growing tensions between the US and Saudi Arabia over the disappearance of a political journalist.

Regionally, Japan’s Nikkei 225 edged-up 1.25% to 22,549.24 and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng gained 0.07% to 25,462.26.

Meanwhile, the Shanghai Composite Index eased 0.85 of a point to 2,546.

Market breadth was negative with losers leading gainers 442 to 339, with 404 counters unchanged, 713 untraded and 28 others suspended.

Volume was easier at 1.52 billion units valued at RM1.61 billion versus Monday’s 2.02 billion units valued at RM2.02 billion.

Among Bursa Malaysia’s heavyweights, Hong Leong Bank rose 44 sen to RM20.94, CIMB gained 10 sen to RM6.03, MISC perked 13 sen to RM5.68 and Genting Malaysia and Dialog bagged nine sen each to RM4.38 and RM3.41 respectively.

As for actives, DGSB and Sapura Energy lost one sen each to five sen and 34.5 sen respectively.

Hibiscus Petroleum added three sen to RM1.25, Yong Tai garnered 5.5 sen to 68 sen and Nextgreen perked eight sen to 49.5 sen.

The FBM Emas Index strengthened 44.57 points to 12,008.95, the FBM Emas Shariah Index expanded 45 points to 12,023.97 and the FBMT 100 Index increased 47.21 points to 11,841.96.

The FBM Ace Index improved 23.02 points to 4,992.39 and the FBM 70 edged up 24.131 points to 13,861.94.

Sector-wise, the Plantation Index was 13.51 points higher at 7,400.96, the Financial Services Index jumped 77.5 points to 17,589.44 and the Industrial Products and Services Index added 0.21 point to 172.21.

Main Market volume shrank to 946.76 million shares worth RM1.5 billion from Monday’s 1.40 billion shares worth RM1.89 billion.

Warrants turnover fell to 331.51 million units valued at RM68.96 million from 409.36 million units valued at RM82.39 million.

Volume on the ACE Market expanded to 247.95 million shares worth RM43.56 million from 209.59 million shares worth RM51.59 million.

Consumer products and services accounted for 118 million shares traded on the Main Market, industrial products and services (244.24 million), construction (70.73 million), technology (70.81 million), SPAC (2 million), financial services (27.09 million), property (111.11 million), plantations (15.29 million), REITs (3.09 million), closed/fund (10,600), energy (185.93 million), healthcare (29.83 million), telecommunication and media (25.88 million), transportation and logistics (14.3 million) and utilities (28.41 million).

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