Thursday, December 8, 2011

KLCI stays in the red at mid-day as investors remain jittery

KUALA LUMPUR (Dec 8): The FBM KLCI stayed in negative territory at the mid-day break on Thursday, in line with most key regional markets as investors stayed undecided ahead of the European crunch summit over the weekend.

Asian shares fell on Thursday as doubts set in about whether European leaders can agree on a plan to tackle the euro zone's two-year-old debt crisis at a high-stakes summit on Friday, according to Reuters.

The FBM KLCI fell 10.28 points to 1,472.71 at the mid-day break.

Losers led gainers by 216 to 364, while 275 counters traded unchanged. Volume was 895.84 million shares valued at RM498.92 million.

The ringgit weakened 0.19% to 3.1316 versus the US dollar; crude palm oil futures for the third month delivery slipped RM3 per tonne to RM3,112, crude oil gained 13 cents per barrel to US$100.62 while gold shed US$3.57 an ounce to US$1,738.23.

At the regional markets, Japan's Nikkei 225 was down 0.52% to 8,676.76, Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index lost 0.67% to 19,111.64, Taiwan's Taiex fell 1.17% to 6,950.81, Singapore's Straits Times Index lost 1.59% to 2,738.25 and South Korea's Kospi shed 0.28% to 1,914.00.

Meanwhile, the Shanghai Composite Index gained 0.42% to 2,342.42.

Among the losers on Bursa Malaysia, BAT fell 34 sen to RM47.66, JT International down 25 sen to RM6.55, KLK 22 sen to RM21.94, Hong Leong Bank and IJ Corp 20 sen each to RM10.54 and RM5.50, Axiata 17 sen to RM4.92, Uzma and CIMB 15 sen each to RM1.60 and RM7.05, while Allianz and KrisAssets lost 13 sen each to RM4.75 and RM5.25.

SAAG was the most actively traded counter with 64.4 million shares done. The stock was up half a sen to 7 sen.

Other actives included DVM, Sycal, iDimension, Timecom, Time and MUI Industries.

Among the gainers this morning were Nestle, BHIC, Boxpak, BLD PLANTATION []s, HLFG, Cycle & Carriage Bintang, Milux, Ajinomoto, PPB and Hwatai.

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