Bursa ends morning session higher

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KUALA LUMPUR (Oct 18): Bursa Malaysia ended the morning session higher, buoyed by mild buying momentum.


At 12.30pm on Tuesday (Oct 18), the benchmark FBM KLCI index settled 5.12 points higher at 1,391.39, from Monday’s close at 1,386.27. The key index opened 6.65 points higher at 1,392.92.

On the broader market, gainers outpaced decliners 424 to 277, while 330 counters were unchanged, 1,319 untraded, and seven others suspended.

Turnover stood at 1.35 billion units worth RM743.86 million.

Malacca Securities Sdn Bhd said the rebound on Wall Street might result in buying interest spilling over onto beaten-down or oversold stocks in the near term.

“Still, weakening trading liquidity and persistent selling by foreign funds (net selling of RM870.1 million month-to-date) will keep bigger strides of gains at bay.


“The beaten-down healthcare sector appears attractive, and may extend its revival, backed by the prospect of an improved outlook, while the technology sector may stage a rebound to mirror the gains on the Nasdaq overnight, whereas the stability in crude oil prices may lend some support to the energy sector,” the brokerage said in a research note on Tuesday.

Among the heavyweights, IHH Healthcare Bhd jumped 10 sen to RM5.96 and Press Metal Aluminium Holdings Bhd added two sen to RM4.19, while Public Bank Bhd was flat at RM4.20, Malayan Banking Bhd (Maybank) shed two sen to RM8.50, Petronas Chemicals Group Bhd eased one sen to RM8.49, and CIMB Group Holdings Bhd declined four sen to RM5.26.

Of the actives, Hong Seng Consolidated Bhd advanced five sen to 27 sen, Widad Group Bhd rose 2.5 sen to 44.5 sen and HLT Global Bhd went up 1.5 sen to 28 sen, while Careplus Group Bhd was flat at 41.5 sen, Top Glove Corp Bhd slipped 1.5 sen to 72.5 sen, and Supermax Corp Bhd decreased 3.5 sen to 87 sen.

On the index board, the FBM Emas Index improved 47.68 points to 9,911.74, the FBM 70 garnered 98.48 points to 11,931.02, the FBMT 100 Index bagged 45.97 points to 9,659.80, the FBM Emas Shariah Index expanded 87.40 points to 9,940.54, and the FBM ACE improved 45.06 points to 4,726.83.

Sector-wise, the Financial Services Index was 32.04 points easier at 15,883.86, the Industrial Products and Services Index added 0.31 of a point to 169.86, the Plantation Index climbed 75.90 points to 6,481.36, and the Energy Index gained 4.86 points to 669.90.- BERNAMA

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