Tuesday, 24 April 2012

KLCI closes lower, but pares down loses

KUALA LUMPUR (April 24): The FBM KLCI closed lower on Tuesday, but pared down it losses to move above the 1,580-point mark in line with the slight recovery at most key regional and European markets.

European share markets and the single currency staged modest recoveries on Tuesday, after steep losses caused by the worsening performance of the euro zone economy and a sharp rise in concern over the political will to fix its fiscal problems, according to Reuters.

The FBM KLCI fell 1.52 points to close at RM1,582.28. The index had earlier fallen to its intra-day low of 1,579.04.

Market breadth remained weak with 409 losers, 273 gainers and 348 counters trading unchanged. Volume was 1.42 billion shares valued at RM1.55 billion.

At the regional markets, Hong Kong’s hang Seng Index gained 0.26% to 20,677.16, Taiwan’s Taiex added 0.24% to 7,498.84, the Shanghai Composite Index edged up 0.01% to 2,388.83 and Singapore’s Straits Times Index

Meanwhile, South Korea’s Kospi fell 0.47% to 1,963.42 and Japan’s Nikkei 225 shed 0.78% to 9,468.04.

Among the decliners on Bursa Malaysia, Petronas dagangan fell 26 sen to RM19.28, Jaya Tiasa down 22 sen to RM9.54, Carlsberg 20 sen to RM11.30, SAM Engineering 17 sen to RM3.38, APM Automotive down 14 sen to RM4.50, Tradewinds 13 sen to RM9.52, S P Setia 11 sen to RM3.73, while Subur Tiasa and Ta Ann lost 10 sen each to RM2.85 and RM6.50.

Ariantec was the most actively trade counter with 142.38 million shares done. The stock gained one sen to 25 sen.

Other actives included Ingenuity Solutions, Metronic, Focus, CSL, Ramunia, TMS, JCY and Astral Supreme.

Gainers included Aeon Credit, Top Glove, CSL, Panasonic, MMC Corp, Three-A Resources, Quality Concrete, UMW and JCY.

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