KUALA LUMPUR (May 4): The FBM KLCI rose higher at the mid-day break on Friday, going against the general trend at most global markets, which remained tepid U.S. stocks fell on Thursday as economic data sent mixed signals on the recovery a day before the April payrolls report.
The FBM KLCI rose 6.48 points to 1,589.65 at 12.3pm, lifted by gains at select blue chips including BAT, AirAsia, Petronas Dagangan and Hong Leong bank.
Gainers outpaced losers by 383 to 216, while 334 counters traded unchanged. Volume was 694.69 million shares valued at RM644.21 million.
The ringgit weakened 0.17% to 3.0378, crude palm oil futures for the third month delivery rose RM24 per tonne to RM3,376, crude oil added 13 cents per barrel to US$102.67 while godl fell 66 cents an ounce to US$1,635.32.
Asian shares fell for a second successive day on Friday as another batch of lacklustre U.S. data stoked concerns that the recovery in the world's biggest economy is faltering, according to Reuters.
The euro was steady after a bumpy session on Thursday, when European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi gave a more upbeat assessment of the region's battered economy, reducing hopes of further monetary stimulus measures in the pipeline, it said.
At the regional markets, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index fell 0.73% to 21,094.10, the Shanghai Composite Index shed 0.10% to 2,442.56, Taiwan’s taiex lost 0.48% to 7,696.07, south Korea’s Kospi was down 0.41% to 1,986.90 and singapore’s Straits Times Index fell 0.23% to 2,993.93.
Japan’s Nikkei 225 was closed for a national holiday.
On Bursa Malaysia, BAT jumped RM1.74 to RM56.98, Panasonic gaine 28 sen to RM23.30, Petronas Dagangan and Aeon 20 sen each to RM19.50 and RM10, Hong Leong bank 18 sen to RM12.44, Maybulk 14 sen to RM1.79, Coastal Contracts 13 sen to RM2.07, whiel MPHB
Menwhile, AirAsia, which was among the most actively traded counters, gained seven sen to RM3.67.
Other actives included Ariantec, Maybulk, Astral Supreme, Naim Indah Corp and Benalec.
Decliners this morning included Dutch Lady, Knusford, SAB, Asia File, Takaful, Hoover, LPI Capital, Cepco and Ireka.