CONTINUOUS gains in selected heavyweights like Petronas Chemicals, RHB Capital and Maxis drove the benchmark index to close 6.61 points higher at 1,791.37 points after the Aidiladha holiday on Tuesday.
Dealers said investors took cue from the positive performance on other regional bourses yesterday.
Throughout the trading session, the FTSE Bursa Malaysia KLCI (FBM KLCI) hovered between 1,786.1 and 1,795.48 points.
On the scoreboard, the Finance Index advanced 46.889 points to 16,731.87, the Industrial Index improved 13.84 points to 3,069.59 and the Plantation Index was 58.351 points better at 8,415.69.
The FBM Emas Index increased 43.819 points to 12,462.01, the FBMT100 was 44.4 points higher at 12,195.62, the FBM 70 Index jumped 49.311 points to 14,215.62 but the FBM ACE Index slipped 0.86 point to 5,462.25.
Gainers led losers 395 to 374 while 300 counters were unchanged, 540 untraded and 15 others suspended.
Among the heavyweights, Petronas Chemicals rose nine sen to RM7.13, RHB Capital gained 25 sen to RM7.82 and Maxis added eight sen to RM7.13.
Meanwhile, FTSE Bursa Malaysia KLCI futures contract on Bursa Malaysia Derivatives ended higher, a dealer said.
Spot month October 2013 and November 2013 rose nine points each to 1,798.5 and 1,797, respectively, December 2013 increased 11 points to 1,799 and March 2014 was 9.5 points higher at 1,795.5.
Turnover jumped to 5,018 lots from 3,431 lots on Monday, while open interest rose to 46,786 contracts from 44,839 contracts previously. Bernama