KUALA LUMPUR (April 24): The FBM KLCI pared down some of its earlier losses at the mid-day break on Tuesday and moved above the crucial 1,580-point level.
Meanwhile, Asian shares inched up on Tuesday but gains were limited as political uncertainty and disappointing data in Europe raised fears the euro zone could struggle to push through austerity measures and may stay in recession until late in the year, according to Reuters.
A weaker-than-expected reading of consumer inflation in Australia, a day after a weaker producer prices report, set the scene for an local rate cut next week and bolstered local shares up 0.4 percent from a flat early trade, it said.
The FBM KLCI was down 3.11 points to 1,580.69, weighed by losses at select blue chips including Petronas Dagangan, Genting and CIMB. The index had earlier fallen to its intra-morning low of 1,579.04.
Loser ebeat gainers by 379 to 191, while 314 counters traded unchanged. Volume was 727.97 million shares valued at RM608.87 million.
The ringgit weakened 0.009% to 3.0695 versus the greenback, crude palm oil futures for the third month delivery fell RM20 per tonne to RM3,455, crude oil shed 14 cents pare barrel to US$102.97 and gold lost US$2.15 an ounce to US$1,636.68.
At the regional markets, Japan’s Nikkei 225 fell 0.90% to 9,456.13, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index was down 0.32% to 20,559.10, the Shanghai Composite Index fell 1.4% to 2,355.17, Taiwan’s Taiex fell 0.23% to 7,464.14, South Korea’s Kospi was down 0.74% to 1,958.04 and Singapore’s Straits Times Index lost 0.34% to 2,972.53.
On Bursa Malaysia, SAM Engineering was the top loser and fell 29 sen to RM3.26, Petronas Dagangan down 24 sen to RM19.30, Jaya Tiasa 14 sen to RM9.62, S P Setia shed 13 sen to RM3.71, Hong Leong Bank 12 sen to RM12.30, while Dutch Lady, Carlsberg, AirAsia, Genting and CIMB fell eight sen each to RM35, RM11.42, RM3.40, RM10.54 and RM7.42 respectively.
Ingenuity Solutions was the most actively trade counter with 732 million shares done. The stock was unchanged at 9.5 sen.
Other actives included Ariantec, TMS, Focus, JCY, Ramunia, Metronic, Sanichi and CSL.
Meanwhile, the gainers in the morning session included Aeon Credit, United Plantations, Aeon, UMW, Quality Concrete, SapuraCrest, Fiamma, PacifiMas and KrisAssets.