Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Asian markets ease ahead of US data, KLCI pares down losses

KUALA LUMPUR (Dec 27): Asian markets were mostly in negative territory at mid-day on Tuesday, ahead of home prices and consumer confidence data set to be released later in the day in the US.

The FBM KLCI was down 1.34 points to 1,494.81 at the mid-day break.

Losers beat gainers by 301 to 257, while 293 counters traded unchanged. Volume was 445.83 million shares valued at RM232.02 million.

The ringgit weakened 0.37% to 3.1592 versus the US dollar; crude palm oil futures for the third month delivery fell RM22 per tonne to RM3,148, crude oil added eight cents per barrel to US$99.76 while gold fell US$12.07 an ounce to US$1,594.88.

At the regional markets, Japan's Nikkei 225 was down 0.43% to 8,442.73, South Korea's Kospi fell 1.02% to 1,837.84, Taiwan's Taiex lost 0.48% to 7,058.71 and Singapore's Straits Times Index shed 0.15% to 2,672.54.

The Shanghai Composite Index edged up 0.05% to 2,191.23 while European and some Asian markets, including Hong Kong and Australia, were closed on Tuesday.

On Bursa Malaysia, Y&G fell 28.5 sen to 68 sen, BAT and Dutch Lady lost 20 sen each to RM49 and RM23.16, JT International and Hong Leong Bank down 12 sen each to RM6.87 and RM10.82, Petronas Dagangan 10 sen to RM17.20 while Petra Energy and EKIB was down eight sen each to RM1.05 and 46 sen.

Among the gainers, Boxpak rose 29 sen to RM2.14, KLK 26 sen to RM22.46, F&N 20 sen to RM18.20, AIC and Top Glove 12 sen each to RM1.30 and RM4.86, Kretam, Far East and Ta Ann added 10 sen each to RM2.50, RM7.15 and RM5.15 respectively, while Nestle and BLD PLANTATION []s gained eight sen each to RM56.68 and RM7.20.

The actives included MBF Holdings warrants, Proton, Karambunai, Astral Supreme and Sanichi.

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