Share prices on Bursa Malaysia closed higher today propped up by mild buying in lower liners and small cap companies, dealers said.
The benchmark FTSE Bursa Malaysia KLCI (FBM KLCI) rose 4.14 points to 1,774.94 from last week's close of 1,770.8.
The market barometer hovered between 1,769.12 and 1781.47.
A dealer said the market showed some resilience despite bearish regional market sentiment due to the negative outlook ahead of the US Federal Reserve Monetary Policy meeting on Wednesday.
He said most Southeast Asian bourses traded nearly flat to weaker as investors await the outcome of the two-day policy meeting on the prospect of monetary stimulus tapering.
"Despite a lacklustre August jobs report, the Fed is expected to reduce its monthly asset purchases by about US$10 billion from US$85 billion currently," he said.
He added that underpinning investors' risk tolerance was easing tension in Syria after Russia and the US reached a deal to remove Syrian President Bashar al Assad's chemical arsenal.
Across the region, Hong Kong's Hang Seng fell 71.89 points to 23.180.52, Japan's Nikkei 225 declined 93 points to 14,311.67 while Singapore's Straits Times edged up 1.44 points to 3,180.92.
On the local scoreboard, the Finance Index firmed 20.33 points to 16,607.73, the Plantation Index increased 11.43 points to 8,342.18 and the Industrial Index went up 2.47 points to 3,008.22.
The FBM Emas Index rose 33.08 points to 12,307.67, the FBMT100 was 31.91 points higher at 12,060.11, the FBM 70 Index increased 52.511 points to 13,960.23 and the FBM ACE Index jumped 58.38 points to 5,152.77.
Gainers led losers by 443 to 308, with 290 counters unchanged, 547 untraded and 21 others suspended.
Turnover rose to 1.5 billion shares worth RM1.74 billion from last Friday's 1.23 billion shares worth RM1.38 billion.
Volume on the Main Market rose to 1.19 billion units valued at RM1.68 billion from Friday's close of 1.036 billion shares valued at RM1.333 billion.
Turnover on the ACE market increased to 273.17 million shares worth RM60.57 million from 154.722 million shares worth RM42.697 million.
Total warrants dropped to 34.81 million units valued at RM4.4 million from 42.355 million units valued at RM7.166 million previously.
Among actives, Integrated Rubber and Green Packet added 4.5 sen each to 46.5 sen and 47 sen, respectively, and The Media Shoppe earned one sen to 10 sen.
Salcon decline three sen to 64 sen while DVM was unchanged at 7.5 sen.
As for heavyweights, Maybank gained six sen to RM10.18 while CIMB and Petronas Chemicals earned one sen each RM7.58 and RM6.76, respectively.
Axiata lost one sen to RM6.88 and Sime Darby fell two sen to RM9.50.
Consumer products accounted for 157.62 million shares on the Main Market; industrial products 223.70 million; construction 39.08 million; trade and services 383.73 million; technology 172.13 million; infrastructure 36.44 million; SPAC 30.46 million; finance 37.74 million; hotels 756,000; properties
98.08 million; plantations 10.68 million; mining 10,000; REITs 5.78 million; and closed/fund 117,300.-- Bernama