Share prices firmer at close on Bursa Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR: Share prices on Bursa Malaysia closed firmer yesterday, due to buying interest across the heavyweight index, said dealers.

They said the market was in line with regional markets on optimistic views of a better economic scenario next year.

The benchmark FTSE Bursa Malaysia Kuala Lumpur Composite Index (KLCI) ended 2.49 points higher at 1,275.22, an intraday high for today, after opening 0.54 of a point better at 1,273.27.

The Finance Index surged 60.06 points to 11,067.92, the Industrial Index added 4.31 points to 2,675.53 but the Plantation Index fell 8.92 points to 6,372.26.

The FBM Emas Indexincreased 28.88 points to 8,509.44, the FBM Top 100 Index was 25.01 points higher at 8,320.24, the FBM70 Index improved 56.76 points to 8,262.4 and the FBMACE gained 6.59 points to 4,204.08.

Gainers led losers 383 to 251 while 244 counters were unchanged and 428 others were untraded.

Total volume improved to 575.478 million shares valued at RM741.665 million from Monday’s 459.031 million shares valued at RM595.621 million.

Turnover on the Main Market rose to 484.278 million shares, worth RM721.903 million, from yesterday’s 386.433 million shares worth RM577.727 million.

The ACE Market volume increased slightly to 33.85 million units, valued at RM10.05 million, from 32.011 million units worth RM7.753 million registered on Monday.

Warrants improved to 29.57 million shares, valued at RM5.433 million, versus 26.

726 million shares valued at RM4.315 million recorded previously.

For actives, Scomi added half-a-sen to 45.5 sen while Scomi-LA was flat at 10.5 sen.

KNM added two sen to 76 sen, Scomi-WA perked one sen to 17.5 sen but Etitech fell one sen to 42.5 sen.

Among heavyweights, Sime Darby, Genting and Axiata each increased one sen to end at RM9.01, RM7.41 and RM3.04, respectively, while Maybank and Tenaga Nasional remained flat at RM6.90 and RM8.31.— Berna

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