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FBM KLCI closes lower
Published on: Friday, March 15, 2019

KUALA LUMPUR: Bursa Malaysia ended easier Thursday, with the benchmark index losing 0.22 per cent on lack of market catalyst, while investors were more excited in chasing small-capitalised and third liner stocks. 

The benchmark FTSE Bursa Malaysia KLCI (FBM KLCI) closed 3.72 points lower at 1,674.52 compared with Wednesday’s close of 1,678.24.

The benchmark index opened 2.58 points lower at 1,675.66 and moved between 1,673.47 and 1,678.88 throughout the day.

Maybank Investment Bank chartist Nik Ihsan Raja Abdullah said the sluggish corporate earnings had reduced interest in heavyweight counters.

“The focus is still on small caps and third liners, and for big caps, the stocks are under pressure due to poor earnings and the market is now consolidating after the last two gains,” he told Bernama.

Nik Ihsan also said that attractive international Brent crude oil futures, which hit US$68.06 per barrel on Thursday, has sparked interest for energy-related counters. On the scoreboard, market breadth was slightly positive with gainers outnumbering losers 490 to 401, while 387 counters remained unchanged, 626 were untraded and 44 others suspended.

Volume further increased to 4.77 billion worth RM2.75 billion from four billion units valued at RM2.39 billion on Wednesday.

Among heavyweights, Maybank and Tenaga lost six sen to RM9.49 and RM12.64, respectively, PBBank declined four sen to RM24.44, PChem eased RM9.25, but CIMB added two sen to RM5.47.

Of actives, HuaAn and Destini added seven sen each to 29 sen and 32.5 sen, respectively, Sapnrg advanced one sen to 35 sen, Perdana rose three sen to 48 sen and Carimini gained 10.5 sen to 94 sen.

The FBM Emas Index fell 11.64 points to 11,711.19, the FBMT 100 declined 14.77 points to 11,555.73, the FBM Emas Shariah Index dropped 14.32 points to 11,693.42, but the FBM Ace Index advanced 44.4 points to 4,795.55 and the FBM 70 up 26.66 points to 14,129.21.

Sector-wise, the Financial Services index lost 18.29 points to 17,470.23, the Industrial Products and Services Index was 0.05 of-a-point easier at 170.22 and the Plantation Index was 30.54 points weaker at 7,218.42.

Main Market volume increased further to 3.93 billion shares worth RM2.56 billion from 3.4 billion shares valued at RM2.26 billion on Wednesday.

Warrants increased to 423.46 million units valued at RM82.42 million from 374.0 million units worth RM75.44 million on Wednesday.

Volume on the ACE Market almost doubled to 416.87 million shares worth RM102.89 million from 222.22 million shares valued at RM55.28 million.

Consumer products and services accounted for 340.79 million shares traded on the Main Market, industrial products and services (710.99 million), construction (286.49 million), technology (390.24 million), SPAC (nil), financial services (47.72 million), property (198.6 million), plantation (25.4 million), Reits (3.47 million), closed/fund (25,600), energy (1.71 billion), healthcare (37.86 million), telecommunications and media (37.86 million), transportation and logistics (105.4 million), and utilities (39.52 million). – Bernama



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