KUALA LUMPUR, Apr 5 – Bursa Malaysia ended mixed today with the composite index closing in the negative territory, weighed down by selling in selected heavyweights led by Hong Leong Bank and Genting. At 5pm, the FTSE Bursa Malaysia KLCI (FBM KLCI) eased 2.52 points to end at 1,744.67 against Tuesday’s close of 1,747.19, after fluctuating between 1,741.51 and 1,747.01 throughout the day.
The key index opened 1.56 points lower at 1,745.63. Hong Leong Bank lost 26 sen to RM13.74 while Genting fell 14 sen to RM9.46. Market breadth was positive with 612 gainers and 353 losers, while 350 counters were unchanged, 394 untraded and 13 others suspended. Volume increased to 4.44 billion units worth RM3.49 billion from Tuesday’s 3.97 billion units worth RM2.87 billion.
Of the other heavyweights, TNB and Petronas Chemicals gained two sen each to RM13.76 and RM7.77, respectively, Maxis was flat at RM6.40, Maybank fell five sen to RM8.95 and Public Bank shed two sen to RM19.94. Among actives, Dagang Nexchange rose 6.5 sen to 46.5 sen, Sumatec Resources edged up half-a-sen to 7.5 sen, Bumi Armada improved six sen to 81.5 sen and GHL Systems surged 12 sen to RM1.60.
The FBM Emas Index was 8.71 points higher at 12,446.97, FBMT100 Index inched down 1.33 points to 12,074.18 and the FBM 70 gained 58.83 points to 14,767.32. The FBM Emas Shariah Index put on 36.14 points to 12,922.21 and the FBM Ace went up 38.11 points to 6,000.82. Sector-wise, the Finance Index slipped 56.24 points to 15,734.24 and the Plantation Index was down 20.71 points to 8,196.33. The Industrial Index gained 2.42 points to 3,264.85.
Main Market turnover increased to 3.27 billion units worth RM3.28 billion from Tuesday’s 2.76 billion units worth RM2.67 billion. Volume on the ACE Market fell to 911.62 million shares worth RM168.74 million from 1.01 billion shares worth RM180.26 million yesterday. Warrants improved to 245.19 million units worth RM33.36 million from 191.66 million units worth RM23.18 million.
Consumer products accounted for 164.92 million shares traded on the Main Market, industrial products (772.75 million), construction (257.31 million), trade and services (1.37 billion), technology (307.95 million), infrastructure (14.80 million), SPAC (3.23 million), finance (102.54 million), hotels (1.93 million), properties (252.10 million), plantations (24.43 million), mining (11,400), REITs (4.27 million) and closed/fund (368,900). The physical price of gold as at 5pm stood at RM172.86 per gramme, down 55 sen from RM173.41 at 5pm yesterday. — Bernama