Thursday, October 27, 2011

Markets up on EU plan to contain euro zone crisis

KUALA LUMPUR: Asian markets rallied on Thursday, Oct 27 after euro zone leaders struck a deal to contain the euro crisis, with the key indices up between 1% and 1.7%.

At 12.30pm, the FBM KLCI was up 14.86 points or 1.02% to 1,472.66. Turnover was 984.32 million shares valued at RM1.07 billion. There were 489 gainers, 149 losers and 234 stocks unchanged.

Japan's Nikkei 225 rose 1.7% to 8,896.92, Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index added 1.74% to 19,399.03, South Korea's Kospi 1.31% to 1,919.16 and Singapore's Straits Times Index advanced 1.7% to 2,817.10.

Reuters reported euro zone leaders struck a deal with private banks and insurers to accept a 50% haircut on their Greek government bonds under a plan to lower Greece's debt burden and try to contain the two-year-old euro zone crisis.

Under the deal, the private sector agreed to voluntarily accept a nominal 50% cut in its bond investments to reduce Greece's debt burden by 100 billion euros, cutting its debts to 120% of GDP by 2020, from 160% now.

Crude palm oil third-month futures rose RM39 to RM2,990 per tonne while Brent jumped US$1, or 0.9%, to US$109.91 a barrel and U.S. oil added US$1.56, or 1.7%, to US$91.76 a barrel.

At Bursa Malaysia, IOI Corp rose 18 sen to RM5.28 after it cancelled its RM830 million land purchase deal with Dutaland.

Dutaland fell 6.5 sen to 54.5 sen with 30.34 million shares done while Dutaland-WA lost three sen to 10 sen with 22.74 units done.

Hibiscus-WA rose 1.5 sen to 30.6 sen while the shares added 1.5 sen to 69 sen after its decision to buy a'' stake in Lime Petroleum Ltd for a total of US$55 million.

MBM Resources rose two sen to RM3.09 on a possibility it might buy a stake in Hirotako.

Among the major gainers in the morning session was Supermax, after analysts upgraded its outlook. It rose 36 sen to RM3.62. BLD PLANTATION []s was the top gainer, up 57 sen to RM6.90.

Among index-linked stocks. BAT added 40 sen to RM45.30, RHB Cap 35 sen to RM7.70, HLFG 30 sen to RM11.78, Getting 27 sen to RM10.26 while MISC rose 19 sen to RM6.99, Tenaga and HL Bank 18 sen each to RM5.96 and RM10.54.

Among the decliners were Ewein, down 22 sen to 86 sen, JFTech 17 sen to 13 sen, Ibraco and Lafarge 13 sen each to RM1.20 and RM6.99.

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