Monday, 9 April 2012

FBM KLCI slips at mid-day break, but hovers above 1,590-level

KUALA LUMPUR (April 9): The FBM KLCI slipped into negative territory on Monday, in line with the waning sentiment at key regional markets, following a drop in US jobs growth that was reported last week.

Among the better performers on Bursa Malaysia in the morning session was newly-listed EITA Resources Bhd.

The FBM KLCI lost 4.66 points to 1,594.21 at 12.30pm.

Market breadth was weaker with 378 losers and 185 gainers, while 264 counters traded unchanged. Volume was 578.5 million shares valued at RM420.14 million.

The ringgit weakened 0.29% to 3,0728 versus the US dollar; crude palm oil futures for the third month delivery rose M13 per tonne to RM3,590, crude oil fell US$1.19 per barrel to US$101.12 while gold added US$2.05 an ounce to US$1,638.47.

Asian shares fell on Monday as a sharp slowdown in U.S. jobs growth raised concerns about the strength of the world's largest economy, prompting investors to curb risk exposure ahead of more U.S. data and earnings as well as figures from China this week, according to Reuters.

BIMB Securities Research in a note Monday said it would be a stop start scenario for equities this week following a weaker than expected job data for March in the US.

Therefore, investors and traders alike will reassess their risk/reward propositions before making more commitments, it said.

As of now, the lack of fresh catalysts will be the main excuse as well as the resurrection of Eurozone’s debt situation to be road bumps ahead for equity markets.

Then again, if both the US and China are to lean towards monetary easing, these may set the markets abuzz again.

For now, we can expect loads of fence sitters.

“Locally, the FBM KLCI failed to breach the 1,600 mark despite adding another 5 points to end the week at almost 1,599.

“For now, the lack of direction with some regional markets closed, we would expect a lacklustre market today with the immediate support seen at 1,590,” it said.

ON Bursa Malaysia, BAT fell 74 sen to RM54.72, Petronas Dagangan 30 sen to RM18.54, BLD PLANTATION []s fell 19 sen to RM9.21, KLK down 14 sen to RM24.50, GAB and Public Bank lost 12 sen each to RM12.96 and RM13.68, Chin Teck lost nine sen to RM9.06 while TDM was down eight sen to RM4.87.

Naim Indah Corp was the most actively traded counter with 81.28 million shares done. The stock fell three sen to 54 sen.

Other actives included EITA that rose 10.5 sen to 86.5 sen wth 30 millin shares traded.

Other actively traded stocks included DVM, Tiger Synergy, Time, SuperComNet, Metronic, Karambunai and Focus.

Gainers included Aeon, SMPC, KLuang, Dutch Lady, Eita, Hartalega, Nationwide, Parkson, Johore Tin and Nestle.

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