Wednesday, 9 May 2012

KLCI falls as eurozone woes grip global markets

KUALA LUMPUR (May 9): The FBM KLCI fell on Wednesday as concerns over the economic and political direction of several eurozone countries kept regional and global investors on tenterhooks.

The FBM KLCI lost 5.70 points to close at 1,584.90, weighed down by losses at blue chips.

Losers outpaced gainers by 450 to 273, while 313 counters traded unchanged. Volume was 1.28 billion shares valued at RM1.42 billion.

Asian bourses were mired in the red as Greece struggled to form a government two days after an election, heightening the risk that a hard-won bailout deal could be scrapped, according to Reuters.

Meanwhile, European shares edged lower on Wednesday as a technical rebound from four-month lows was offset by falls among Spanish banks, which were dragged by fears they would be forced to raise money to cover their property assets, said Reuters.

Technical momentum was supportive after key indexes in the US and Europe closed above support levels on Tuesday, sending a bullish short-term signal despite still-depressed market sentiment as a political impasse in Greece threatened to deepen the eurozone crisis, it said.

At the regional markets, the Shanghai Composite Index lost 1.65% to 2,408.59, Japan's Nikkei 225 lost 1.49% to 9,045.06, Taiwan’s Taiex fell 0.93% to 7,475.71, South Korea’s Kospi lost 0.85% to 1,950.29, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index shed 0.75% to 20,330.64 and Singapore’s Straits Times Index fell 1.06% to 2,900.91.

On Bursa Malaysia, BAT fell 64 sen to RM55.04, Petronas Dagangan and HLFG lost 24 sen each to RM19.70 and RM11.94, MISC 13 sen to RM4.46, PPB, MMHE and Aeon 12 sen each to RM16.60, RM4.88 and RM9.75 respectively, MSM 11 sen to RM5.20, IJM Corp 10 sen to RM5.44 and BLD PLANTATION []s fell nine sen to RM8.81.

Naim Indah Corp was the most actively traded counter with 80.2 million shares done. The stock was unchanged at 49 sen.

Other actives included Ingenuity Solutions, Metronic, Permaju, Harvest Court, Focus, Ariantec, Astral Supreme and CBSA.

Gainers included Tahps, GCE, GAB, Panasonic, Nadayu, YHS, KGB, Ajinomoto, Tasek and Sunway.

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