KUALA LUMPUR: Shares on Bursa Malaysia strengthened mid-afternoon with gains mostly seen in heavyweights like Petronas Chemicals and Maxis, dealers said.
As at 3.09 pm, the FTSE Bursa Malaysia KLCI (FBM LCI) was 8.13 points higher at 1,792.89 points.
The benchmark index, which opened at 1,787.84 points, hovered between 1,786.1 and 1,795.48 points up to now.
Petronas Chemicals and Maxis, which contributed a combined 2.38 points to the rise in the barometer index, improved nine sen and eight sen each to RM7.13 each, respectively.
Meanwhile, some regional bourses were mostly lower with Japan's Nikkei improving 25.6 points to 14,467.14 points while Singapore's Straits Times eased 0.27 of a point to 3,164.98 points and Hong Kong's Hang Seng lost 180.53 points to 23,155.99 points.
On the local scoreboard, the Finance Index surged 77.1 points to 16,762.08 points, the Plantation Index increased 14.87 points to 8,372.21 points and the Industrial Index was 13.46 points higher at 3,069.21 points.
The FBM Emas Index improved 51.619 points to 12,469.81 points, the FBMT100 Index advanced 52.19 points to 12,203.41 points, the FBM Ace added 2.86 points to 5,465.97 points and the FBM 70 was 47.83 points higher at 14,214.14 points.
Gainers outnumbered losers 349 to 324, with 304 counters unchanged, 632 untraded and 15 others were suspended.
Volume was moderate at 989.407 million shares worth RM981.895 million.
Among actives, Talam Transform perked half-a-sen to seven sen, Malton rose 5.5 sen to 96.5 sen while Hubline eased half-a-sen to 5.5 sen.
Heavyweights, Maybank, Axiata and Sime Darby were all unchanged at RM10, RM6.90 and RM9.45, respectively while CIMB added two sen to RM7.50. -- BERNAMA