Tuesday, 8 May 2012

KLCI crosses 1,590-level as blue chips lift

KUALA LUMPUR (May 8): The FBM KLCI closed higher on Tuesday on some mild bargain hunting while regional markets ended mixed, albeit recovering from sharp decline on Monday after election results in Europe spooked investors.

The FBM KLCI rose 5.73 points to close at 1,590.60 on Tuesday, lifted by gains including at BAT, Petronas-linked counters and Genting.

Gainers beat losers by 404 to 307, while 357 counters traded unchanged. Volume was 1.27 billion shares valued at RM1.24 billion.

Uncertainty over the implications of the Greek and French elections for Europe's efforts to resolve its debt crisis sent the euro and shares lower on Tuesday and supported safe-haven German government bonds, according to Reuters.

Attention is focused on Greece where politicians are struggling to form a government after voters plunged their country into limbo in Sunday's election. The uncertainty has reignited fears its hard-fought bailout deal could unravel, forcing the country's exit from the euro, it said.

At the regional markets, the Shanghai Composite Index shed 0.12% to 2,448.88, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index was down 0.25% to 20,484.75, while Japan’s Nikkei 225 rose 0.69% to 9,181.65, South Korea’s Kospi gained 0.54% to 1,967.01, Taiwan’s taiex added 0.10% to 7,545.71 and Singapore’s Straits Times Index.

On Bursa Malaysia, BAT and Petronas Dagangan added 52 sen each to RM55.68 and RM19.94, Tasek and Dutch Lady were up 26 sen each to RM9.29 and RM33.30, Kulim 21 sen to RM4.45, MKH 20 sen to RM2.40, GAB 18 sen to RM13.34, Ekovest 17 sen to RM2.65, Iretex 16 sen to RM1.30, Permaju 14.5 sen to 87.5 sen, Petronas Gas 14 sen to RM17, Genting 10 sen to RM10.66 and Petronas Chemicals two sen to RM6.57.

Ariantec was the most actively traded counter with 76.74 million shares done. The stock fell half a sen to 24.5 sen.

Other actives included Naim indah Corp, Compugates, Sanbumi, TMS, Harvest, Permaju, JCY and Metronic.

Decliners included Jaya Tiasa, Toyo Ink, MMHE, Lafarge Malayan Cement, Sarawak Oil Palms, JCY, Top Glove, Ibraco and IJM land.

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