KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 23 — Bursa Malaysia turned mixed at mid-afternoon today, with the local benchmark index 0.81 point higher.
At 3.15pm, the FTSE Bursa Malaysia KLCI (FBM KLCI) stood at 1,670.47, compared with yesterday's close of 1,669.66, after opening 5.81 points weaker at 1,663.85 this morning.
A dealer said profit-takers and bargain-hunters were seen slugging it out following Bursa Malaysia’s three-day winning streak as uncertainties around interest rate movement by key central banks had been removed.
However, losers led gainers 363 to 346, with 393 counters unchanged, 588 untraded and 17 others suspended.
Turnover stood at 1.32 billion shares worth RM1.16 billion.
Of the heavyweights, TNB was flat at RM14.40, Maybank added seven sen to RM7.67 and Public Bank rose 12 sen to RM19.70.
Among actives, Borneo Oil and Iris added half-a-sen each to 19 sen and 17.5 sen, respectively, while Daya Materials rose one sen to 7.5 sen.
The FBM Emas Index added 2.9 points to 11,801.54, the FBMT100 Index increased 2.64 points to 11,502.27 and the FBM Emas Syariah Index was 18.08 points better at 12,468.5.
The FBM Ace lost 27.04 points to 5,245.35 and the FBM 70 jumped erased 7.46 points to 13,831.11.
Sector-wise, the Finance Index fell 40.24 points to 14,265.49, the Plantation Index put on 16.29 points to 7,959.43 and the Industrial Index decreased 1.56 points to 3,132.44. — Bernama