Thursday, 10 May 2012

KLCI pares down gains at mid-day as Asian equities turn negative

KUALA LUMPUR (May 10): The FBM KLCI rebounded at the mid-day break on Thursday but pared down its gains as some regional markets turned negative.

Asian shares fell on Thursday, as a weak Chinese trade data stoked fears of a growth slowdown, further undermining risk appetites already reduced by worries about the health of Spanish banks and deepening political chaos in Greece, according to Reuters.

The FBM KLCI gained 3.51 points to 1,588.41 at the mid-day break, lifted by select blue chips. It had earlier risen to its intra-morning high of 1,590.20.

Losers edged gainers by 332 to 256, while 309 counters traded unchanged. Volume was 722.32 million shares valued at RM493.12 million.

The ringgit strengthened 0.11% to 3.0681 versus the greenback; crude palm oil futures for the third month delivery rose RM25 per tonne to RM3,349, crude oil fell 37 cents per barrel tp US$96.44 while gold rose US$4.18 an ounce to US$1,593.75.

At the regional markets, Japan’s Nikkei 225 fell 0.11% to 9,035.48, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index lost 0.93% to 20,141.90, the Shanghai Composite Index shed 0.18% to 2,404.15, Taiwan’s Taiex was down 0.16% to 7,487.42, South Korea’s Kospi down 0.10% to 1,948.35 and Singapore’s Straits Times Index fell 0.20% to 2,895.11.

ON Bursa Malaysia, BAT was the top gainer in the morning session and rose 36 sen to RM54.74, Petronas Gas added 30 sen to RM17.28, United PLANTATION []s and Ajinomoto were up 24 sen each to RM26.18 and RM4.47, Petronas Dagangan 16 sen to RM19.86, KrisAssets 12 sen to RM7.12, whiel Hup Seng, RHB Capital and GAB added 10 sen each to RM2.35, RM7.43 and RM13.64.

Focus was the most actively traded counter with 103.8 million shares done. The stock rose two sen to 16.5 sen.

Other actives included Utopia, Ariantec, ManagePay, Naim indah Corp, Astral Supreme, SuperComNet and Permaju.

Decliners included Tahps, The Store, Tradewinds, Panasonic, Dutch Lady, Ekovest, Shell, PPB, KESM and Fiamma.

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