KL shares close higher

The FTSE Bursa Malaysia KLCI (FBM KLCI) closed higher today on persistent buying interest in selected blue-chips and key


The FBM KLCI rose by 8.61 points to settle at 1,844.1, after moving between 1,828.48 and 1,846.49 throughout the day.

Market breadth was positive with 414 gainers against 338 losers while 299 were unchanged and 508 others were untraded, including 16 other counters which were suspended.

Volume declined to 905.01 million shares worth RM818.25 million compared with 925.20 million shares worth RM758.92 million on Tuesday.

On the scoreboard, the Finance Index rose 70.199 points to 16,907.67, Industrial Index firmed 8.63 points to 3,134.72 and the Plantation Index added 44.21 points to 8,761.7.

The FBM Emas Index improved 47.32 points to 12,706.57, FBMT100 Index gained 47.05 points to 12,443.88 and the FBM 70 rose 9.13 points to 14,052.59.

The FBM Ace, however, eased 5.15 points to 5,590.07.

Among actives, Asian Pac added 1.5 sen to 18 sen and BIMB Holdings rose four sen to 86.5 sen.

Sumatec and Nextnation were flat at 27.5 sen and half-a-sen, respectively.

Of the heavyweights, Maybank surged nine sen to RM10.04, TNB jumped six sen to RM11.14, CIMB added one sen to RM7.62 and Axiata advanced five sen to RM6.80.

Sime Darby and Petronas Chemicals increased seven sen each to RM9.47 and RM6.88 respectively.

Volume on the Main Market rose to 716.917 million shares worth RM771.212 million from 623.98 million shares worth RM717 million on Tuesday.

Turnover on the ACE market slipped to 160.749 million units valued at RM41.474 million from 276.64 million units valued at RM36.98 million on Tuesday.

Warrants increased to 21.790 million shares worth RM2.725 million from 19.18 million shares worth RM2.51 million on Tuesday.

Consumer products accounted for 86.705 million shares on the Main Market, industrial products 129.178 million, construction 41.282 million, trade and services 239.976 million, technology 27.053 million, infrastructure 4.525 million, SPAC 22.376 million, finance 36.380 million, hotels 501,400, properties

112.926 million, plantations 11.105 million, mining 5,200, REITs 4.884 million and closed/fund 17,000.-- Bernama