KL shares easier mid-afternoon

Share prices on Bursa Malaysia were easier at mid-afternoon today, dampened by losses in oil and gas blue-chips, dealers

said.

At 3.01pm, the benchmark FBM KLCI declined 1.97 points to 1,823.27, after moving between 1,820.59 and 1,824.89.

Among the oil and gas blue-chips, Petronas Gas lost 24 sen to RM22.96, Petronas Dagangan fell 18 sen to RM2.83 and SapuraKencana eased six sen to RM4.43.

On the scoreboard, the Finance Index rose 10.301 points to 16,564.91 and the Plantation Index jumped 45.17 points to 8,629.32.

The Industrial Index, however, declined 10.43 points to 3,106.65.

The FBM 70 perked 16.39 points to 13,851 and the FBM Ace chalked up 49.72 points to 6,490.85.

The FBM Emas fell 1.44 points to 12,628.29 and the FBMT100 fell 7.04 points to 12,294.4.

Market breadth was positive as gainers outnumbered losers by 409 to 358, with 309 counters unchanged, 548 untraded and 26 others suspended.

Turnover amounted to 2.1 billion shares worth RM1.31 billion.

Among actives, Minetech and MAS lost 1.5 sen each to 27.5 sen and 29.5 sen, respectively, and Hubline slipped half-a-sen to 5.5 sen.

Marco Holdings gained three sen to 20 sen and TH Heavy Engineering earned 3.5 sen to RM1.

Of the heavyweights, TNB and Sime Darby added two sen each to RM12.18 and RM9.02, respectively.

Maybank lost a sen to RM9.74. CIMB and Axiata were unchanged at RM7.10 and RM6.54 respectively.-- Bernama