Monday, 30 April 2012

KLCI falls 25.72 points in April

KUALA LUMPUR (April 30): The FBM KLCI closed higher on Monday but fell some 25.72 points in April, as investor sentiment took a beating given rising external and domestic uncertainties.

The FBM KLCI rose 2.81 points to close at 1,570.61 on Monday.

Gainers trailed losers by 297 to 388, while 318 counters traded unchanged. Volume was 945.42 million shares valued at RM1.38 billion.

Asian shares were mixed on Monday as weaker-than-expected U.S. growth data left open the possibility for more monetary stimulus from the Federal Reserve, but trading was subdued with Japanese and Chinese markets closed, according to Reuters.

At the regional markets, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index rose 1.7% to 21,094.21, South Korea added 0.34% to 1,981.99, Taiwan’s Taiex was up 0.28% to 7,601.72 while Singapore’s Straits Times Index shed 0.26% to 2,973.91.

ON Bursa Malaysia, BAT was the top gainer and rose 74 sen to RM55.54, Aeon Credit added 64 sen to RM10.70, Shell rose 36 sen to RM10.28, Petronas Dagangan 30 sen to RM19.36, Nestle and Panasonic gained 20 sen each to RM55.30 and RM22.70, OSK 15 sen to RM1.71, Tradewinds and Knusford added 14 sen each to RM9.78 and RM1.94, while Toyo Ink gained 12 sen to RM1.53.

Ariantec was the most actively traded counter with 399.1 million shares done. The stock fell one sen to 24.5 sen.

Other actives included Utopia, Metronic, CSL, Astral Supreme, Focus, DRB-Hicom, Bumi Armada and BIMB warrants.

Decliners on Monday included SAM Engineering, Dutch Lady, Petronas Gas, MMHE, Kluang, Dayang Enterprise, Subur Tiasa. UAC and Bumi Armada.

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