Friday, 6 April 2012

KLCI snaps losing streak, but stays shy of 1,600-level at mid-day

KUALA LUMPUR (APRIL 6): The FBM KLCI snapped its two-day losing streak on Friday and rose at the mid-day break, while key regional markets were mostly closed for the Easter weekend holidays.

The FBM KLCI rose 6.29 points to 1,599.73 at the mid-day break.

Gainers led losers by 319 to 233, while 306 counters traded unchanged. Volume was 595.27 million shares valued at RM502.46 million.

The ringgit strengthened .07% t0 3.0625 versus the US dollar; crude palm oil futures for the third month delivery rsoe RM14 per tonne to RM3,546, crude oil was US$103.31 per a barrel (as of April 4 closing) whiel gold fell US$1.18 an ounce to US$1,630.05.

Asian shares struggled on Friday, with many markets closed for the Easter holiday, as investors stayed on the sidelines ahead of key U.S. jobs data, avoiding risk after rising yields in weaker euro zone countries refuelled concerns about the region's debt issues, according to Reuters.

Worries about Spain's rising bond yields were offset somewhat by fresh U.S. data on Thursday that provided more evidence of a recovering labour market, raising prospects of the non-farm payrolls report due later on Friday being solid, it said.

At the regional markets, Japan’s Nikkei 225 fell 1.05% to 9,665.28, Taiwan’s taiex added 0.60% to 7,685.52 and South Korea’s Kospi shed 0.25% to 2,023.75.

BIMB Securities Research in a note April 6 said that European stocks climbed in the final hour of trading on Thursday, after new on US initial jobless claims fell to their lowest levels in four years last week.

Meanwhile Spain’s 10-year bonds dropped for a third day, pushing the yield on the country’s benchmark debt seven basis points higher to 5.76%, it said.

The research house Wall Street ended largely unchanged in a lackluster session as investors hesitated to jump in amid ongoing worries over the euro zone and ahead of Friday's monthly jobs report.

Nonetheless, for the week, all three major averages recorded their worst decline this year, it said.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average slipped 0.11 percent, to close at 13,060.14, declining for a third-straight session while S&P 500 erased or 0.06 percent, to finish at 1,398.08, it said.

BIMB Research said that regionally, most major indices closed lower yesterday, due to weak Spanish bond sale which weaken investors’ confidence.

“In the local front, the FBM KLCI is well supported at 1,590 levels despite poor regional performance, losing 0.36% to close at 1,593.44. Net foreign participation remains positive yesterday at RM66.2m.

“Technical point of view, the near term outlook remains sluggish with immediate support to be seen at 1,590 followed by 1,580,” it said.

ON Bursa Malaysia, BAT the top gainer in the morning session and rose 68 sen to RM55.66, Dutch Lady added 50 sen to RM36, Tradewinds PLANTATION []s rose 31 sen to RM5.50, SMPC up 28 sen to RM2.25, Tradewinds 23 sen to RM10.02, Naim Holdings 14 sen to RM2.04, Mulpha 13 sen to 59 sen, Hing Yap 12 sen to RM1.68, MBM Resources 11 sen to RM4.91 and HLFG added 10 sen to RM12.48.

Naim Indah Corp was the most actively traded counter with 58.3 million shares done. The stock rose 2.5 sen to 51 sen.

Other actives included Metronic, Tiger Synergy, CSL, Green Ocean, Focus, TMS, Ariantec, Systech and DBE Gurney.

Decliners included Shell, F&N, Petrol One, KLK, HDBS, SapureCrest, Batu Kawan, Subur, Perduren and MGRC.

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