Monday, 16 April 2012

KLCI closes lower in tandem with regional markets

KUALA LUMPUR (APRIL 17: The FBM KLCI fell on Monday, in tandem with its regional peers, as investors spooked by re-emerging worries over the European sovereign debt crisis sold down riskier assets.

The FBM KLCI fell 5.6 points to close lower at 1,597.51 on Monday.

Market breadth was negative with 428 losers, 272 gainers whiel 320 counters traded unchanged. Volume was 1.05 billion shares valued at RM 1.26 billion.

Asian shares and the euro fell on Monday as a surge in Spanish government bond yields renewed concerns about Europe's sovereign debt crisis and undermined investor appetite for riskier assets, according to Reuters.

At the regional markets, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index fell 0.44% to 20,610.64, Japan’s Nikkei 225 lost 1.74% to 9,470.64, South Korea’s Kospi fell 0.81% to 1,992.63, Taiwan’s Taiex lost 0.75% to 7,729.86 while, Singapore’s Straits Times Index edged up 0.14% to 2,992.12.

Among the decliners on Monday, Dutch Lady fell 42 sen to RM35.16, United PLANTATION []s down 38 sen to RM24.62, The Store fell 24 sen to RM2.25, Aeon 19 sen to RM9.61, Hibiscus 17 sen to RM1.93, Amway 14 sen to RM9.84, Genting, BAT and Shell lost 12 sen each to RM10.92, RM54.68 and RM10.16 respectively.

Ingenuity Solutions was the most actively traded counter with 59.4 million shares done. The stock fell half a sen to 9.5 sen.

Other actives included Ariantec, Naim Indah Corp, Metronic, CSL, AWC, DVM and SuperComNet.

Gainers included Jaya Tiasa, Tasek, Warisan, PMB Tech, Subur Tiasa, Ta Ann, Iterex, Ekovest and Hong Leong Industries.

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