Wednesday, 18 April 2012

KLCI gains on Spanish bond sale, US corporate earnings

KUALA LUMPUR (April 18) : Malaysian stocks rose on Wednesday morning in tandem with Asian markets on strong demand for Spain government bonds and better US corporate earnings.

Analysts expect the FBM KLCI to register gains on Wednesday following a stronger overnight close across US markets.

“While increased speculation on ACE market and penny stocks lifted trading activity above the two billion shares mark yesterday, the lower traded value implies that the broader market and blue chips are likely to remain in consolidation mode on cautious trade,” TA Securities Holdings Bhd wrote in a note.

At 10.01am, the FBM KLCI added 5.25 points to 1,601.44. Across the exchange, some 519 million shares worth RM227 million were traded, leading to 265 gainers versus 136 decliners.

Top gainers Sam Engineering & Equipment (M) Bhd rose 29 sen to RM3.88 while SUBUR TIASA HOLDINGS BHD [] was up 20 sen to RM3.02.

Decliners SARAWAK OIL PALMS BHD [] fell 11 sen to RM6.77 while PETRONAS DAGANGAN BHD [] was down 10 sen to RM18.68.

Most active was Ariantec Global Bhd which rose two sen to 22 sen with some 157 million shares done.

Among Asian bourses, Japan’s Nikkei 225 climbed 1.64% to 9,619.46 points while Australia’s S&P/ ASX 200 rose 1.38% to 4,347.8. South Korea’s Kospi was up 1.01% to 2,005.43.

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