KL mart ends half-day trading higher note

The FTSE Bursa Malaysia KLCI (FBM KLCI) ended the half-day trading today at above the 1,800-points level on last minute

buying, ahead of the long break due to public holidays.

The benchmark index dipped to a low of 1,780.1 points in early trading, but picked up enough momentum to close at 1,804.03, up 14.8 points.

The stronger performance was underpinned by an increased buying interest in most heavyweights, with 21 of the 30 FBM KLCI-linked companies, recording gains.

The gains were led by Tenaga which soared 46 sen to RM11.80, while Petronas Gas surged 40 sen to RM23.38, and Hong Leong Financial was up 30 sen to RM15.82.

Losers among the heavyweight stocks were mostly financial counters, with Hong Leong Bank losing 8.0 sen to RM14.10, RHB Capital easing 7.0 sen to RM7.67, and Public Bank declining 4.0 sen to RM19.08.

A dealer said gains were also capped due to the weak overnight performance of Wall Street.

Bursa Malaysia and its subsidiaries will only resume trading on February 4, after the Chinese New Year and Federal Territory Day holidays.

Among actives, Green Packet lost 5.5 sen to 39 sen and KNM depreciated 1.0 sen to 61.5 sen.

However, market breadth was negative as losers outpaced gainers 318 to 291, while 267 counters were unchanged, 729 untraded and 30 others suspended.

The half-day trading cased volume to be lower at 769.16 million shares worth RM1.3 billion, from the 1.4 billion shares at RM1.74 billion recorded at Wednesday's close.

On the scoreboard, the Plantation Index appreciated 51.24 points to 8,428.94 points, the Industrial Index was 31.59 points higher at 3,078.49 points, and the Finance Index increased 19.03 points to 16,408.68 points.

The FBM Emas Index gained 88.99 points to 12,456.34 points, the FBMT100 Index bagged 92.63 points for 12,175.23 points, the FBM Ace improved 13.63 points to 5,903.98 and the FBM 70 appreciated 76.58 points to 13,761.05.

Main Market volume fell to 650.43 million units worth RM1.27 billion from the 1.15 billion units worth RM1.67 billion on Wednesday.

Turnover on the ACE market declined to 94.84 million shares worth RM30.05 million from the 204.52 million shares worth RM58.47 million yesterday.

Warrants declined to 21.52 million units worth RM1.86 million from 34.57 million units worth RM3.1 million.

Consumer products accounted for 62.83 million shares traded on the Main Market, industrial products 117.98 million, construction 60.39 million, trade and services 203.41 million, technology 88.15 million, infrastructure 20.18 million, SPAC 5.46 million, finance 33.35 million, hotels 512,400, properties

36.8 million, plantations 18.01 million, mining nil, REITs 2.8 million and closed/fund nil.-- Bernama