Friday, 20 April 2012

KLCI ends lower, but hangs on above 1,590-level

KUALA LUMPUR (April 20): The FBM KLCI extended its losses to close lower on Friday, as external factors weighed on investor sentiment and dragged stocks lower.

The index fell 4.77 points to close at 1,591.85, weighed by losses including at Petronas Chemicals, Genting, RHB Capital and CIMB.

Market breadth was negative with 364 losers, 317 gainers and 361 counters unchanged. Volume was 1.63 billion shares valued at RM1.48 billion.

Meanwhile, Asian shares fell and commodity-linked currencies such as the Australian dollar slipped on Friday after disappointing U.S. economic data stirred doubts about the strength of the recovery, according to Reuters.

Renewed worries on the euro zone debt crisis also kept riskier assets under pressure, as a better-than-feared Spanish bond auction failed to allay concerns that Spain may follow Greece, Ireland and Portugal in needing an international bailout, it said.

A weekend featuring a potentially rocky meeting of the International Monetary Fund, which is seeking to boost its funds to help contain Europe's problems, and the first round of a French presidential election have heightened the nervousness, said Reuters.

At the regional markets, Japan’s Nikkei 225 was down 0.28% to 9,561.23, Taiwan’s taiex lost 1.52% to 7,507.15, South Korea’s Kospi fell 1.26% to 1,974.65 and Singapore’s Straits Times Index xx

Meanwhile, the Shanghai Composite Index rose 1.19% to 2,406.86 and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index edged up 0.07% to 21,010.64.

On Bursa Malaysia, Aeon fell 19 sen to RM9.41, Manulife and Petronas Chemicals fell 14 sen each to RM3.22 and RM6.56, MISC down 13 sen to RM5.03, Genting and Bursa fell 12 sen each to RM10.80 and RM6.85, while SAM Engineering, Litrak, Lafarge Malayan Cement and Kian Joo fell 10 sen each to RM3.55, RM4, RM7.21 and RM2.04 respectively.

Ariantec was the most actievely traded counter with 436.8 million shares done. The stock rose 4.5 sen to 22 sen.

Other actives included Metronic, Focus, Naim indah Corp, CSL, Astral Supreme, AWC and SuperComNet.

Gainers included BAT, Dutch Lady, Aeon Credit, KLK, Jaya Tiasa, Panasonic, Country View, Carlsberg, CBIP and GAB.

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