Monday, 9 April 2012

KLCI falls in tandem with regional markets

KUALA LUMPUR (April 9): A slew of negative external developments weighed down investor sentiment at the local bourse, and the FBM KLCI closed in the red on Monday.

Asian shares fell on Monday as a sharp slowdown in U.S. jobs growth raised concerns about the strength of the world's largest economy, prompting investors to curb risk exposure ahead of more U.S. data and earnings as well as figures from China this week, according to Reuters.

China stocks fell 0.9 percent on Monday, led by property firms, after data showed the inflation rate rose more than expected last month, prompting speculation that Beijing may delay further easing of monetary policy, it said.

The FBM KLCI closed 7.59 points lower at 1,591.28.

Market breadth was negative with 468 losers, 238 gainers and 322 counters trading unchanged. Volume was 1.08 billion shares valued at RM1.08 billion.

At the regional markets, Japan’s Nikkei 225 fell 1.47% to 9.546.26, the Shanghai Composite index was down 0.90% to 2,285.78, south Korea’a Kospi fell 1.57% to 1,997.08, Taiwan’s Taiex was fell 1.27% to 7,600.87 and Singapore’ Straits Times Index shed 0.87% to 2,960.10.

On Bursa Malaysia, BAT was the top loser and fell 74 sen to RM54.72, KrisAssets down 21 sen to RM6.67, BLD PLANTATION []s and Toyo Ink fell 20 sen each to RM9.20 and RM1.47, Panasonic and Petronas Dagangan down 18 sen each to RM21.70 and RM18.66, TDM and KLK lost 14 sen each to RM4.81 and RM24.50, while GAB and Petronas Gas were down 12 sen each to RM12.96 and RM16.66.

Naim Indah Corp was the most actively traded counter with 113.6 million shares done. The stock fell four sen to 53 sen.

Other actives included Metronic, DVM, EITA, Managed Pay, SuperComNet, Tiger Synergy and Focus.

Gainers included Aeon, SMPC, Milux, Kluang, Hong Leong Industries, Nationwide, Tanjung Offshore, Parkson, UMS and Nestle.

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