Thursday, 3 May 2012

Select blue chips lift KLCI marginally higher

KUALA LUMPUR (May 3): The FBM KLCI closed higher on Thursday, erasing its earlier losse, lifted by gains at select blue chips including AirAsia, Telekom, AMMB and CIMB.

The stock index added 0.78 of a point to 1,583.17.

Gainers trailed losers by 344 to 390, whiel 325 counters traded unchanged. Volume was 1.29 billion shares valued at RM1.21 billion.

Meanwhile, Asian shares slipped on Thursday and the euro languished near a two-week low after disappointing economic data from both sides of the Atlantic rekindled concerns about the strength of global growth, according to Reuters.

But European stock markets were seen opening stronger, fueled by hopes that a European Central Bank policy meeting later in the session will prepare the ground for further stimulus measures, it said.

At the regional markets, the Shanghai Composite Index edged up 0.07% to 2,440.08, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index fell 0.28% to 21,249.53, Taiwan’s Taiex lost 0.23% to 7,659.53, South Korea’s Kospi shed 0.20% to 1,995.11 and Singapore’s Straits Times Index down to 3,000.94. Japan’s Nikkei 225 was closed for a national holiday.

On Bursa Malaysia, Knusford was the top gainer and rose 34 sen to RM2.28, Airasia added 27 sen to RM3.60, Panasonic up 22 sen to RM22.92, BAT 20 sen to RM55.24, Country View 19.5 sen to 84 sen, MPHB, Tradewinds PLANTATION []s and Tradewinds added 14 sen each to RM2.86, RM6 and RM9.99 respectively, MBM Resources was up 13 sen to RM5.09 and Permaju was up 12.5 sen to 55.5 sen.

Utopia was the most actively traded counter with 84.11 million shares done. The stock was unchanged at 8 sen.

Other actives included Ariantec, Naim Indah Corp, AirAsia, Metronic, Astral Supreme, Compugates and DayaMaterials.

Meanwhile, the decliners included Genting, BLD Plantations, MAHB, PPB Bank, Shell, Pasdec,Eng Kah and Rexit.

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