Tuesday, 13 March 2012

KLCI slips into the red at closing

KUALA LUMPUR (March 13): The FBM KLCI slipped into negative territory in late trade on Tuesday, weighed by losses at select blue chips including banking stocks, MISC and Tenaga as the pullback from Monday did not seem to be over as investors turned cautious.

The FBM KLCI closed 0.73 of a point lower at 1,564.02. Losers beat gainers by 469 to 288, while 329 counters traded unchanged. Volume was 1.16 billion shares valued at RM1.47 billion.

At the regional markets, the Shanghai Composite Index fell 0.19% to 2,434.86. However, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index rose 0.97% to 21,339.70, Japan’s Nikkei 225 added 0.09% to 9,899.08, Singapore’s Straits Times Index 0.89% to 2,988.57, South Korea’s Kospi 1.13% to 2,025.04 and Taiwan’s Taiex 1.31% higher at 8,031,51.

European shares gained on Tuesday on hopes German and U.S. data will support rising hopes of an economic recovery ahead of a monetary policy statement by the Federal Reserve, according to Reuters.

Among the decliners on Bursa Malaysia, United PLANTATION []s fell 16 sen to RM24.82, MISC, Tasek, Advanced Packaging, lost 15 sen each to RM5.10, RM8.60 and RM1.30 while Tenaga was down 13 sen to RM6.32.

BLD Plantations and Panasonic lost 12 sen each to RM9.18 and RM22.08, while Padini and Oriental Holdings fell 11 sen each to RM1.45 and RM6.13.

Among banking stocks, Public Bank fell eight sen to RM13.66, BIMB down six sen to RM2.27, Hong Leong Bank four sen to RM12.10, CIMB three sen to RM7.26 and RHB Capital one sen to RM7.79.

Naim Indah Corp was the most active with 176.5 million shares done. The stock fell four sen to 78.5 sen.

Other actives included IFCA MSC, Takaso, Winsun, YTL, HWGB, Silver Bird, and XDL.

Meanwhile, gainers included BAT, Sin Heng Chan, Euro Holdings, TSH, Petronas Chemicals, Tradewinds Plantations and Manulife.

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