Monday, 7 May 2012

Global woes drag Asian equities lower

KUALA LUMPUR (May 7): The FBM KLCI remained in negative territory at the mid-day break on Monday, in line with the gloomy investor sentiment at key regional markets that saw the Japan and Hong Kong markets fall steeply by more than 2% each.

The FBM KLCI fell 7.76 points to 1,583.28 at 12.30pm, weighed by losses at select blue chips and index-linked PLANTATION [] counters.

Losers beat gainesr by 474 to 151, while 258 counters traded unchanged. Volume was 522.55 million shares valued at RM423.45 million.

The ringgit weakened 0.66% to 3,0613 versus the greenback, crude palm oil futures for the third month delivery fell RM30 per tonne to RM3,336, crude oil lost US$1.37 per barrel to US$97.12 while gold slumped US$4/27 an ounce to US$1,637.85.

Asian markets fell after elections in France and Greece raised concerns on whether euro zone economies will continue to pursue austerity measures and as U.S. jobs data came in weaker than expected, according to Reuters.

At the regional markets, Japan’s Nikkei 225 slumped 2.72% to 9,125.48, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index lost 2.43% to 20,573.10, the Shanghai Composite Index down 0.26% to 2,445.68, Taiwan’s Taiex fell 2.23% to 7,529.40, South Korea’s Kospi lost 1.77% to 1,953.91 and Singapore’s Straits Times Index fell 1.80% to 2,936.85.

On Bursa Malaysia, Dutch lady fell 30 sen to RM33.08, Tradewinds 19 sen to RM9.85, Carlsberg 18 sen to RM10.82, Hong Leong Bank and Asia Ply 16 sen each to RM12.20 and 14 sen, Allianz 15 sen to RM4.60, while IJM Corp and Petronas Dagangan fell 12 sen each to RM5.46 and RM19.38.

Among the plantations, Tradewinds Plantations fell 18 sen to RM5.80, KLK 16 sen to RM23.60, PPB eight sen to RM16.68, Batu Kawan four sen to RM18.80, Genting Plantations and IOI Corp two sen each to RM9.58 and RM5.25, while Sime Darby, IJM Plantations and Kulim fell one sen each to RM9.78, RM3.25 and RM4.23 respectively.

Time Engineering was the most actively traded counter with 399.51 million shares done. The stock rose four sen to 37 sen.

Other actives included SAAG, Ariantec, KFCH, Maybulk, Benalec, Metronic, JCY and Rubberex.

Gainers included Country View, Lafarge Malayan Cement, Glenealy, GAB< Permaju, NCB, Tan Chong, Tasek, Mentiga and MAHB.

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