Wednesday, 18 April 2012

KLCI stays put above 1,600-mark at mid-day break

KUALA LUMPUR (APRIL 18): The FBM KLCI stayed put above the crucial 1,600-point level at the mid-day break on Wednesday, up in tandem with its key regional peers that rose on the back of a firmer overnight close at Wall Street.

Asian shares rose on Wednesday as firm demand at Spanish debt sales, positive U.S. corporate earnings and an improvement in a key German sentiment survey boosted investor confidence in riskier assets, according to Reuters.

The FBM KLCI rose 5.05 points to 1,601.24 at the mid-dy break, lifted by key blue chips including Maybank, CIMB, Sime darby, Axiata and Tenaga.

The broader market sentiment improved with 319 gainers, 297 losers and 310 counters trading unchanged. Volume was 1.43 billion shares valued at RM757.83 million.

The ringgit strengthened 0.04% to 3.0642 versus the greenback, crude palm oil futures for the third month delivery fell RM8 per tonne to RM3,495, crude oil added 19 cents per barrel to US$102.39 while gold rose US$3.13 an ounce to US$1,652.70.

At the regional markets, Japan’s Nikkei 225 rose 1.85% to 9,639.36, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index up 1.2% to 20,808.80, the Shanghai Composite Index gained 1.33% to 2,366.11, south Korea’s Kospi rose 1.06% to 2,006.31 and Singapore’s Straits Times Index edged up 0.57% to 3,003.63, while Taiwan’s Taiex was up 0.39% to 7,615.42.

Among the gainers in the morning session, BAT rose 54 sen to RM55, Dutch Lady added 38 sen to RM34.98, SAM Engineering up 27 sen to RM3.86, subur Tiasa 22 sen to RM3.04, Carlsberg 20 sen to RM11.24, Hong Leong Industries 18 sen to RM4.29, while Tong Herr, Panasonic and United PLANTATION []s gained 10 sen each to RM2.49, RM21.70 and RM24.70.

Meanwhile, Maybank and CIMB rose six sen each to RM8.87 and RM7.68, Sime Darby, Axiata and Tenaga were up three sen each to RM9.93, RM5.39 and RM6.54 respectively.

Metronic was the most actively traded counter with 291.81 million shares done. The stock rose four sen to 21.5 sen.

Other actives included Ariantec, SuperComNet, Focus, Naim Indah Corp, Sanichi and SCL.

Decliners included Nestle, Far East, Sarawak Oil Palms, APM, PMB Tech, KLK, UMS, HLFG and SMPC.

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