Thursday, 5 April 2012

KLCI extends loss for second day running

KUALA LUMPUR (APRIL 50): The FBNM KLCI extended its losses for a second day running while most global markets either pared down their losses or reversed earlier retreats on bargain hunting activities.

The FBM KLCI closed 5.83 points lower at 1,593.44, paring down its losses from the earlier intra-day low of 1,591.85.

Losers edged gainers by 352 to 342, while 317 counters traded unchanged. Volume was 1.24 billion share valued at RM1.22 billion.

At the Asian markets, Chinese shares jumped 1.7% the biggest single-day rise since early February led by non-banking financials after Premier Wen Jiabao said the monopoly formed by the country's big banks needed to be broken to get money flowing to cash-starved private firms, according to Reuters.

Hong Kong shares ended a holiday-shortened week weaker on Thursday, dragged by the Chinese financial sector as investors took profit on the final trading day before a four-day holiday weekend and ahead of US jobs data on Friday, it said.

Meanwhile, European shares eked out modest gains on Thursday with investors looking for bargains after three weeks of losses but sentiment remained fragile after lower demand at a Spanish auction rekindled funding concerns for weaker euro zone countries, said Reuters.

At the regional markets, the Shanghai Composite Index rose 1.74% to 2,302.24, South Korea’s Kospi addd 0.50% to 2,028.77 and Singapore’s Straits Times Index xx

Meanwhile, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index lost 0.95% to 20,593.00, Japan’s Nikkei fell 0.53% to 9,767.61 and Taiwan’s Taiex fell 1.56% to 7,639.82.

ON Bursa Malaysia, BAT was the top loser and fell 60 sen to RM54.98, GAB lost 20 sen to RM13, Aeon Credit down 15 sen to RM8.74, Milux, F&N and Genting fell 12 sen each to RM1.28, RM18.88 and RM10.96 respectively, MAHB down 11 sen to RM5.76 while Amway fell 10 sen to RM9.80.

Takaful was the top gainer and added 48 sen to RM3.70, Tradewinds PLANTATION []s added 25 sen to RM5.19, Cepco up 24 sen to RM1.79, Tradewinds added 19 sen to RM9.79, Ta Ann 18 sen to RM6.38, Jaya Tiasa 17 sen to RM8.93, Inno 14 sen to RM1.64, Y&G 13 sen to 73 sen, while Shell and Sin Heng Chan added 12 sen each to RM10.30 and RM1.12.

Metronic was the most actively traded counter with 124,92 million shares done. The stock added 2.5 sen to 17,5 sen.

Other actives included Naim Indah Corp, Ariantec, Focus, Carotech, SupertComNet, Ingenuity Solutions, JCY and Key West.

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