Share prices on Bursa Malaysia were marginally lower at mid-afternoon today on weak market sentiment, dealers said.
At 3.02pm, the FTSE Bursa Malaysia KLCI stood at 1,776.7, down 0.12 of a point from yesterday's close, with losses seen mostly in key heavyweights.
A dealer said concerns over the US internal problem, coupled with the World Bank' decision to downgrade Malaysia's gross domestic product growth for 2013 and 2014, hurt sentiment.
However, he anticipated the Shanghai Composite, which resumed trading after the National Week public holiday, to spur some buying interest.
Shanghai Composite rose 0.99 per cent, or 21.46 points, to 2,196.13, influencing most Asian stock markets to move in tandem with it, including Japan's Nikkei 225, Hong Kong's Hang Seng and Singapore's Straits Times Index.
Back home, the Finance Index fell 28.93 points to 16,545.5, Industrial Index eased 9.68 points to 3,051.14 and the Plantation Index declined 18.1 points to 8,345.86.
The FBM Emas Index declined 6.95 points to 12,357.35, FBMT100 was 8.58 points lower at 12,095.29 and the FBM70 Index lost 41.87 points to 14,096.8.
However, the FBM Ace Index improved 24.36 points to 5,356.64.
Losers led gainers by 332 to 286, while 301 counters were unchanged, 692 untraded and 15 others were suspended.
Volume stood at 909.83 million shares worth RM710.063 million.
Among actives, The Media Shoppe added one sen to 10.5 sen and AT
Systematization gained three sen to 24 sen.
INS Bioscience shed half-a-sen to 1.5 sen.
In heavyweights, Petronas Chemicals rose four sen to RM6.83 and Axiata Group perked two sen to RM6.93.
However, Maybank eased three sen to RM9.86, Sime Darby lost four sen to RM9.50 and CIMB fell two sen to RM7.45.-- Bernama