Shares on Bursa Malaysia closed higher at the end of the afternoon session today as investors across the region continue
to increase their holdings on the back of improved market sentiments, dealers said.
Gains, seen mostly in CIMB and DiGi, pushed the benchmark index 3.92 points higher at 1,772.4, after opening at 1,777.76.
CIMB and DiGi, which contributed a combined 2.501 points to the barometer index's rise, rose eight sen and 10 sen to RM7.58 and RM4.80, respectively.
Throughout the whole session today, the FTSE Bursa Malaysia KLCI hovered between 1,769.75 and 1,779.4.
Across the region, most of the Asian bourses were higher, with Hong Kong's Hang Seng gaining 16.58 points to 22,953.72, and Singapore's Straits Times rose 12.89 points to 3,121.08, while Japan's Nikkei 225 lost 37.80 points to 14,387.27.
On the local scoreboard, the Industrial Index added 1.3 points to 3,012.04, the Finance Index improved 37.039 points to 16,587.42, and the Plantation Index increased 29.46 points to 8,310.39.
The FBM Emas Index advanced 30.841 points to 12,285.98, the FBMT100 climbed 28.29 points to 12,038.21, the FBM 70 Index jumped 39.649 points to 13,915.81 and the FBM ACE Index was 21.61 points higher at 5,117.49.
Advancers thumped decliners by 417 to 292, with 326 counters unchanged, 553 untraded and 21 others suspended.
Turnover eased to 1.458 billion shares worth RM1.753 billion from yesterday's close at 1.99 billion units worth RM2.227 billion.
Volume on the Main Market declined to 1.186 billion units worth RM1.684 billion from yesterday's close of 1.685 billion shares valued at RM2.166 billion.
Turnover on the ACE market dropped to 198.145 million shares valued at RM55.255 million from Wednesday's close of 258.794 million units worth RM55.854 million.
Total warrants however rose to 73.338 million units worth RM13.432 million from 45.548 million shares valued at RM5.071 million previously.
Solid Automotive, which made its debut on Main Market today, were among the actives.
It ended the day with eight sen higher at 64 sen, from its offer price of 56 sen.
Other actives include Pesona Metro, which eased three sen to 47.5 sen while Supermax-CM:CW added 3.5 sen to 23.5 sen.
Leading the gainers were AEON Co, which gained 54 sen to RM15.18, Lafarge were up 31 sen to RM9.80 and Hong Leong Industries rose 30 sen to RM5.70.
Of heavyweights, Maybank advanced six sen to RM10.12, Axiata increased four sen to RM6.88 while Sime Darby shed one sen to RM9.52.
Consumer products accounted for 89.907 million shares on the Main Market; industrial products 200.533 million; construction 145.084 million; trade and services 415.928 million; technology 139.123 million; infrastructure 51.911 million; SPAC 20.001 million; finance 36.24 million; hotels 293,800; properties
67.35 million; plantations 11.971 million; mining 12,000; REITs 7.541 million; and closed/fund 42,700.-- Bernama