Friday, 6 April 2012

KLCI edges up in early trade in thin volume

KUALA LUMPUR (April 6): The FBM KLCI edged up in early trade on Friday, while regional markets eased with many bourses closed for the Good Friday and Easter weekend.

The FBM KLCI rose 0.67 of a point to 1,594.11 at 9.01am, liftedby elect ble chips.

Gainers led losers by 59 to 16, while 90 counters traded unchanged. Volume was 19.28 million shares valued at RM7.29 million.

Asian shares eased on Friday, when many markets were closed for the Easter holiday, as investors stayed on the sidelines ahead of key U.S. jobs data, avoiding risk after rising yields in weaker euro zone countries refuelled concern about Europe, according to Reuters.

Worries about Spain's rising bond yields were somewhat offset, however, by fresh U.S. data on Thursday that provided more evidence of a recovering labour market, raising the prospect for the non-farm payrolls report due later on Friday to be solid, it said.

Thursday's data showed U.S. jobless claims fell to the lowest level since April 2008, another positive news following a report on private-sector jobs earlier this week, boding well for the American government's widely watched monthly employment figures due on Friday, said Reuters.

Among the early gainers on Bursa Malaysia, BAT rose 70 sen to RM55.60, Petronas Dagangan added 14 sen to RM18.98, Favelle Favco roe seven sen to RM1.44, Lafarge Malayan Cement and Gopeng six sen each to RM7.13 an 78 sen, Takaful four sen to RM3.74, Hibiscus three sen to RM1.71, Ideal Jacobs 2.5 sen to 19.5 seb and Petra Energy two sen to RM1.08.

Naim Indah Corp was the most actively traded counter with 6.4 million shares done. The stock added half a sen to 49 sen.

Other actives included AirAsia, Jetson, CSL, Tiger Synergy, DBE Gurney and DPS.

Decliners included Airasia, Jetson, CSL, Tiger Synergy, DBE Gurney and DPS.

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