Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Blue chips, plantations lift FBM KLCI

KUALA LUMPUR: The FBM KLCI regained some lost ground in late trade on Wednesday, May 18 and crossed the important 1,540-point level, lifted by gains at key blue chips and index-linked PLANTATION [] stocks.

The index rose 0.33% or 5 points to close at 1,541.27.

Gainers trailed losers by 360 to 415, while 295 counters traded unchanged. Volume was 993.71 million shares valued at RM1.91 billion.

Among the gainers, Genting rose six sen to RM11.18, CIMB two sen to RM8.28, Tradewinds 57 sen to RM9.80, Esso 55 sen to RM4.96, Batu Kawan 54 sen to RM16.38, PPB 42 sen to RM17.50, KLK 34 sen to RM21.50, MAHB 32 sen to RM6.42, Lafarge Malayan Cement 31 sen to RM7.50, Nestle 28 sen to RM47.78, Petronas Gas 26 sen to RM11.50 and F&N 24 sen to RM19.20.

BAT was the top loser and fell RM1.80 to RM46.50; tasek fell 25 sen to RM7.90, MSC 15 sen to RM4.70, PacificMas and Hong Leong Bank 14 sen each to RM4.26 and RM12.14, while Sunchirin and Allianz fell nine sen each to RM1.91 and RM5.10.

Newly-listed labels maker Ideal Jacobs (M) Corporation Bhd was the most actively traded counter with 50.4 million shares done. The stock rose 16 sen to 43 sen.

Other actives included PJI, Berjaya Corp, Gula Perak, Axiat, Genting and CIMB.

At the regional markets, Japan's Nikkei 225 rose 0.99% to 9,662.08, Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index added 0.48% to 23,011.14, the Shanghai Composite Index gained 0.70% to 2,872.77, Taiwan's Taiex was up 0.68% to 8,944.84, South Korea's Kospi jumped 1.59% to 2,135.78 and Singapore's Straits Times Index edged up 0.15% to 3,141.21.

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