KUALA LUMPUR, March 21 ― Bursa Malaysia turned mixed at mid-morning today on buying support in key heavyweights, but profit-taking in small-cap stocks kicked in.
At 11am, the benchmark FTSE Bursa Malaysia KLCI (FBM KLCI) stood at 1,754.11, 4.7 points better from yesterday's close of 1,749.41.
Earlier, the index opened 0.01 of-a-point higher at 1,749.42.
On the broader market, declines outpaced gainers 382 to 345, while 415 counters unchanged, 580 untraded and 16 others suspended.
Turnover stood at 2.11 billion shares worth RM916.08 million.
Of the heavyweights, Maybank rose eight sen to RM8.98, Sime Darby added one sen to RM9.31 and Petronas Chemicals gained 14 sen to RM7.59.
As for actives, Managepay Systems was 3.5 sen higher to 27 sen, while Olympia Industries and PUC Founder each eased one sen to 18 sen and 14.5 sen respectively.
The FBM Emas Index improved 32.63 points to 12,401.37, the FBMT100 Index increased 31.73 points to 12,055.32 and the FBM Emas Shariah Index was 32.27 points stronger at 12,784.52.
The FBM 70 gained 18.53 points to 14,410.83, but the FBM Ace fell 17.12 points to 5,594.76.
On a sectoral basis, the Industrial Index inched up 4.78 points to 3,283.75, the Finance Index advanced 50.96 points to 15,840.18 and the Plantation Index added 9.03 points to 8,212.45. ― Bernama