Wednesday, 14 March 2012

KLCI stays above 1,570-level at mid-day

KUALA LUMPUR (March 14): The FBM KLCI remained in positive territory at the mid-day break on Wednesday and stayed above the 1,570 level in line with the positive sentiment at key regional markets.

Asian markets extended their gains from the morning on the back of a firmer overnight close at Wall Street and were given an added impetus after most of the largest U.S. banks passed their annual stress test, according to the Federal Reserve, in a conservative report card that underscored the recovery of the financial sector but called out a few laggards, including Citigroup.

The Fed announced the results in an earlier-than-expected release on Tuesday. JPMorgan Chase pulled the trigger on announcing its own glowing marks before the Fed's release, and helped lift the stock market, according to Reuters.

At 12.30pm, the KLCI was up 9.20 points to 1,573.22. Gainers led losers by 427 to 221, while 318 counters traded unchanged. Volume was 630.98 million shares valued at RM701.74 million.

The ringgit weakened 0.20% to 3.0044 versus the US dollar; crude palm oil futures for the third month delivery rose RM45 per tonne to RM3,337, crude oil added 32 cents per barrel to US$107.90 while gold rose US$5.18 an ounce to US$1,704.95.

At the regional markets, Japan's Nikkei 225 rose 1.74% to 10,071.70, Hong Kong’s Hong Seng Index rose 1.28% to 21,613.40, the shanghai Composite Index added 0.74% to 2,474.07, South Korea’s Kospi gained 1.34% to 2,052.22 and Singapore’s Straits Times Index was up 1.14% to 3,023.10.

At Bursa Malaysia, BAT added RM1.18 to RM53.98, Aeon 39 sen to RM9.50, GAB 20 sen to RM13.44, Toyo Ink 19 wen to RM1.63, United PLANTATION []s and Shell 18 sen each to RM25 and RM10.18, Jaya Tiasa 14 sen to RM7.60, UMW 12 sen to RM7.24, Panasonic and Johore Tin 12 sen each to RM22.20 and RM1.33.

Naim Indah Corp was the most actively traded counter with 99.9 million shares done. The stock fell 1.5 sen to 67 sen.

Other actives included astral Supreme, Euro Holdings, YTL, Sing Heng Chan, Tiger Synergy, Hwatai and Camres.

Meanwhile, decliners in the morning session included Tahps, Sunchirin, Warisan, Scientex, BOnia, MIlux, APB and Batu Kawan.

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