adopting a cautious stance.
At 11.02am, the benchmark FTSE Bursa Malaysia KLCI (FBM KLCI) was up 0.49 of a point to 1,629.15 from yesterday’s close of 1,628.66, after opening 1.31 points higher at 1,629.97.
On the broader market, losers outpaced gainers 348 to 171, with 295 counters unchanged, 904 untraded and 58 others suspended.
Turnover stood at 471.38 million shares worth RM329.22 million.
Regionally, the equity markets were mostly lower.
Japan’s Nikkei 225 fell 0.19 per cent to 18,322.58, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng slid 0.03 per cent to 22,822.64 and Korea’s Kospi was down 0.02 per cent to 1,977.78.
Singapore’s Straits Times bucked the trend in advancing 1.82 per cent to 2,876.47.
Among the top gainers, Malaysian Pacific Industries improved 38 sen to RM7.68, Success Transformer gained 23 sen to RM2.20 and Hong Leong Financial bagged 10 sen to RM15.06.
Of the heavyweights, Maybank and Public Bank gained six sen each to RM7.81 and RM19.60 respectively, Petronas Chemicals jumped two sen to RM6.81, Sime
Darby increased four sen to RM8.20, while TNB was flat at RM14.14.
For the actives, AirAsia X shed half-a-sen to 36.5 sen, Melewar Industrial fell 11.5 sen to 41 sen, while Green Packet and JAG Bhd added half-a-sen each to 28 sen and 11 sen.
The FBM Emas Index fell 9.41 points to 11,394.70, the FBMT100 Index slipped 5.49 points to 11,124.36 and the FBM 70 dropped 38.53 points to 13,039.56.
The FBM Emas Shariah Index gave up 16.24 points for 11,943.87 and the FBM Ace shed 39.43 points to 4,820.47.
Sector-wise, the Finance Index rose 33.49 points for 14,199.60, the Plantation Index gained 5.95 points to 7,673.05 and the Industrial Index was 6.41 points higher at 3,095.24. — Bernama