Wednesday, December 7, 2011

KLCI reverses earlier losses to close higher

KUALA LUMPUR (Dec 7): The FBM KLCI reversed its earlier losses and closed higher on Wednesday, in line with the improving but still cautious sentiment at key regional markets.

The FBM KLCI rose 2.07 points to close at 1,482.99.

Gainers led losers by 445 to 304 while 306 counters traded unchanged. Volume was 2.09 billion shares valued at RM1.77 billion.

Growing optimism that euro zone leaders are on track to produce a confidence-boosting package of measures to solve the debt crisis at their weekend summit lifted risk appetite on Wednesday, with the euro and global equity markets posting gains, according to Reuters.

At the regional markets, Japan's Nikkei 225 rose 1.71% to 8,722.17, Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index up 1.58% to 19,240.58, Taiwan's Taiex added 1.10% to 7,033.00, South Korea's Kospi rose 0.87% to 1,919.42, the Shanghai Composite gained 0.29% to 2,332.73 and Singapore's Straits Times Index rose 1.21% to 2,782.55.

On Bursa Malaysia, KLK was the top gainer and added 48 sen to RM22.16; Nestle rose 40 sen to RM53.60, JT International and KrisAssets were up 30 sen each to RM6.80 and RM5.38, Allianz 21 sen to RM4.88, Aeon 20 sen to RM7.40, Boxpak 18 sen to RM1.69 while Chin Teck, Dutch Lady and BHIC rose 16 sen each to RM8.56, RM22.26 and RM2.86 respectively.

Pavilion REIT, which made its debut on the Main Market of Bursa Malaysia, was the most actively traded counter with 197.3 million units done. The counter added 12 sen to RM1.02.

Other actives included Sanichi, LFE Corp, Utopia's securities and Proton.

Among the decliners, Proton fell 27 sen to RM4.04, MAHB 24 sen to RM5.80, Tenaga 19 sen to RM5.46, UMW and RHB Capital 13 sen each to RM6.54 and RM7.13, Tradewinds PLANTATION []s 11 sen to RM4.40 while Tasek and LPI Capital fell 10 sen each to RM7.70 and RM13.


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