Wednesday, January 4, 2012

KLCI extends loss as renewed eurozone worries weigh on global markets

KUALA LUMPUR (Jan 4): The FBM KLCI reversed its earlier gains and extended its losses on Wednesday as key regional markets retreated on renewed concerns over the eurozone debt crisis.

The FBM KLCI fell 9.32 points to 1,504.22, down from its intra-day high of 1,525.14.

Losers overtook gainers by 404 to 387, while 318 counters traded unchanged. Volume was 1.66 billion shares valued at RM1.53 billion.

Asian shares closed mixed, while European shares broke a four-session rally on Wednesday as concerns over the euro zone's huge refinancing needs lead investors to cash in on recent gains, according to Reuters.

Banking stocks, many of which are heavily exposed to euro zone debt, fell 0.9% ahead of a German debt auction later in the session, it said.

At the regional markets, the Shanghai Composite Index fell 1.37% to 2,169.39, Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index lost 0.80% to 18,727.31, and South Korea's Kospi was down 0.49% to 1,866.22.

Meanwhile, Japan's Nikkei 225 rose 1.24% to 8,560.11, Taiwan's Taiex up 0.42% to 7,082.97 and Singapore's Straits Times Index added 0.84% to 2,711.02.

On Bursa Malaysia, Petronas Dagangan lost 44 sen to RM17, Y&G down 24.5 sen to 75.5 sen, HLFG shed 22 sen to RM11.52, APM 20 sen to RM4.30, Mah Sing'' and UEM Land lost 15 sen each to RM1.95 and RM2.23, CIMB 14 sen to RM7.10, Ibraco 13 sen to RM1.23 and GAB fell 12 sen to RM13.22.

Among the gainers, Dutch Lady gained 58 sen to RM24, KLK 50 sen to RM23.50, Batu Kawan 48 sen to RM17.98, BAT 36 sen to RM49.80, BHIC 23 sen to RM3.85, Allianz 18 sen to RM4.94, Lafarge Malayan Cement 16 sen to RM7.14, Shell 15 sen to RM9.30 while MISC gained 13 sen to RM5.73.

The actives included HWGB, JCY, Hibiscus, Astral Supreme, Maxbiz and Nextnation.

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