SHARES on Bursa Malaysia closed slightly lower yesterday, weighed down by losses in selected heavyweight counters.
The benchmark FTSE Bursa Malaysia KLCI (FBM KLCI) shed 3.88 points to 1,792.48 after hovering between 1,785.41 and 1,792.48 throughout the day.
Among the heavyweights, Maybank trimmed three sen to RM9.97, CIMB fell five sen to RM7.90, Axiata and Maxis slid one sen each to RM6.90 and RM7, respectively, while Sime Darby eased two sen to RM9.50.
The subdued performance of the key index yesterday was also influenced by bearish trading on most regional markets.
The Industrial Index was up 5.66 points to 3,053.9 and the Plantation Index added 29.81 points to 8,367.18. The Finance Index slid 146.33 points to 16,789.47.
The FBM Emas Index dipped 22.25 points to 12,442.93, the FBMT100 decreased 23.14 points to 12,183.61 and the FBM 70 Index fell 13.29 points to 14,121.07. However, the FBM ACE Index rose 62.68 points to 5,488.58.
Losers led gainers 388 to 372, with 287 counters unchanged, 533 untraded and 13 others suspended. Turnover went up to 1.92 billion shares worth RM1.85 billion from 2.13 billion shares worth RM1.78 billion on Monday.
Meanwhile, the FBM KLCI futures contract on Bursa Malaysia Derivatives closed mixed, despite the weaker cash market.
September 2013 fell one point to 1,790.5 and October 2013 slid 0.5 point to 1,793.5.
December 2013 rose two points to 1,792 and March 2014 added 1.5 points to 1,786.
Turnover jumped to 16,567 lots from Monday’s 6,991 lots, while open interest increased to 62,725 contracts from 53,071 contracts previously. Bernama