Friday, 4 May 2012

KLCI up more than 23 points week-on-week

KUALA LUMPUR (May 4): The FBM KLCI rose 23.24 points week-on-week, and was among the better performers compared with its regional peers on Friday.

The FBM KLCI rose 7.87 points to close at 1,691.04 on Friday, lifted by gains at blue chips including Petronas Dagangan, Tenaga, Genting and AirAsia.

Gainers outpaced losers by 456 to 274, while 352 counters traded unchanged. Volume was 1.33 billion shares valued at RM1.59 billion.

Asian shares were mixed for a second successive day on Friday as another batch of lacklustre U.S. data stoked concerns that the recovery in the world's biggest economy is faltering, according to Reuters.

At the regional markets, the Shanghai Composite Index added 0.49% to 2,452.01, Taiwan’s taiex added 0.54% to 7,700.95, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index fell 0.77% to 21,086.00, South Korea’s Kospi lost 0.30% to 1,989.15 and Singapore’s Straits Times Index

Japan’s Nikkei 225 was closed for a national holiday.

Meanwhile, European shares opened lower and industrial commodities like oil and copper were weak on Friday on concerns about the health of the world's biggest economy before a reading on the strength of the U.S. jobs market, said Reuters.

Weekend elections in France and Greece, which could complicate efforts to resolve the euro zone debt crisis, were also weighing on sentiment, leaving the euro steady against the dollar at around $1.3150 and debt markets little changed, it said.

On Bursa Malaysia, Nestle was the top gainer on Friday and rose 40 sen to RM55.90, Allianz, Aeon and Petronas Dagangan added 20 sen each to RM4.75, RM10 and RM19.50 respectively, Coastal Contracts 19 sen to RM2.13, SAM Engineering 18 sen to RM3.20, Tenaga and MBM Resources up 15 sen each to RM6.60 and RM5.24, while Maybulk and Genting rose 14 sen each to RM1.79 and RM10.64.

AirAsia was among the actively traded counters with 14.45 million shares done. The stock added four sen to RM3.64.

Other actives included Ariantec, Glomac, Maybulk, Astral Supreme, Metronic and Jotech.

Decliners on Friday included Knusford, Southern Acids, Cepco, Asia File, Ireka, Takaful, Hoover, Nakamichi, Aeon Credit and Lafarge Malayan Cement.

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