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Kl shares close lower on rising trade tension concerns
Published on: Wednesday, May 22, 2019

KUALA LUMPUR: Shares on Bursa Malaysia closed lower Tuesday on concerns over the escalating trade tension between the United States and China, dealers said.

At the close, the benchmark FTSE Bursa Malaysia KLCI (FBM KLCI) eased 1.62 points to 1,603.74.

The barometer index opened 3.38 points higher at 1,608.74 and hovered between 1,603.65 and 1,614.23 throughout the day.

A dealer said the general market undertone, reflecting wariness of the escalating US-Sino trade war, was likely to remain in a prolonged cautious mode following the US sanctions against Huawei Technologies Co Ltd last week.

“The lower liners and broader market shares dithered for the most part as cautiousness continued to dominate sentiments.

“There is no change to the near-term outlook amid the escalating trade war and the thinning market interest that are likely to send most stocks lower over the short term,” he said.

Among the heavyweights, Maybank eased one sen to RM8.99 and CIMB lost two sen to RM5.14.

Public Bank added six sen to RM22.48, Petronas Chemicals gained two sen to RM8.82 and TNB picked up 10 sen to RM11.68.

Of the actively-traded stocks, Barakah lost 1.5 sen to seven sen, Lambo and Bumi Armada slipped half-a-sen each to 6.5 sen and 19 sen respectively, and Impiana declined one sen to 3.5 sen.

Pegasus was flat at 2.5 sen.

Market breadth was negative as losers beat gainers 604 to 216 with 312 counters unchanged, 780 untraded and 39 others suspended.

Turnover decreased to 1.8 billion units worth RM1.46 billion from Friday’s 1.91 billion units worth RM1.46 billion.

The FBM Emas Index lost 44.74 points to 11,255.31, the FBMT 100 was 38.18 points lower at 11,098.62 and the FBM 70 fell 156.891 points to 13,698.43.

The FBM Emas Shariah Index declined 52.21 points to 11,399.13 and the FBM Ace Index eased 2.93 points to 4,392.21.

Sector-wise, the Financial Services Index rose 22.381 points to 16,585.25 while the Plantation Index lost 12.93 points to 6,882.57 and the Industrial Products and Services Index was 0.62 of-a-point lower at 163.2.

Main Market volume increased to 1.17 billion shares worth RM1.34 billion from Friday’s 1.09 billion shares worth RM1.30 billion.

Warrants turnover decreased to 292.27 million units valued at RM73.76 million from 384.05 million units valued at RM113.00 million.

Volume on the ACE Market contracted to 331.36 million shares worth RM40.73 million from 437.79 million shares worth RM49.30 million previously.

Consumer products and services accounted for 221.64 million shares traded on the Main Market, industrial products and services (141.57 million), construction (137.99 million), technology (83.99 million), SPAC (nil), financial services (33.04 million), property (172.42 million), plantation (13.59 million), REITs (8.61 million), closed/fund (20,400), energy (261.57 million), healthcare (46.08 million), telecommunications and media (15.4 million), transportation and logistics (21.11 million) and utilities (17.94 million).

The market will be closed today (Wednesday) for the Nuzul Al-Quran celebration. – Bernama



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