Thursday, December 8, 2011

KLCI closes lower, Asian markets slip in weak turnover

KUALA LUMPUR (Dec 8): The FBM KLCI closed lower on Thursday, while key Asian markets slipped in weak turnover ahead of the European leaders' summit on Friday and release of economic data from China over the next two days.

The FBM KLCI fell 0.68% or 10.07 points to close at 1,472.92.

Losers beat gainers by 447 to 300, while 287 counters traded unchanged. Volume was 1.62 billion shares valued at RM1.18 billion.

At the regional markets, Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index lost 0.69% to 19,107.81, Japan's Nikkei 225 fell 0.66% to 8,664.58, Taiwan's Taiex was down 0.71% to 6,982.90, South Korea's Kospi lost 0.37% to 1,912.39, the Shanghai Composite Index shed 0.12% to 2,329.82 and Singapore's Straits Times Index down 1.95% to 2,728.31.

The top loser on Bursa Malaysia was BAT that fell 60 sen to RM47.40; F&N lost 30 sen to RM17.80, JT International down 27 sen to RM6.53, Allianz 22 sen to RM4.66, Riverview, CIMB and RHB Capital down 21 sen each to RM2.91, RM6.99 and RM6.92 respectively, while Hong Leong Bank, IJM Corp and Axiata lost 20 sen each to RM10.54, RM5.50 and RM4.89 respectively.

SAAG was the most actively traded counter with 71.7 million shares done. The stock was unchanged at 6.5 sen.

Other actives included Versatil, DVM, Sycal, Compugates while Proton and DRB-Hicom warrants were also actively traded.

Gainers included KLK, Nestle, Batu Kawan, Sarawak Oil Palm, BLD PLANTATION []s, Boxpak, BHIC, Lafarge Malayan Cement, Genting and Nilai.

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