Bursa Malaysia ended firmer today supported by last minute buying interest mostly seen in plantation counters and selected heavyweights, dealers said.
At 5pm, the FTSE Bursa Malaysia KLCI closed 0.97 of a point better at 1,803.58, after moving between 1,800.46 and 1,808.35 throughout the day.
The local bourse traded mostly lower throughout the trading session, before buying interest in the last 15 minutes helped push the composite index into the positive territory.
Plantation-based Sime Darby rose 12 sen to RM9.58, Felda Global
Ventures added five sen to RM4.35 and Kuala Lumpur Kepong gained eight sen to RM23.
Advancers led decliners 390 to 387 while 322 counters were unchanged, 523 untraded and 14 others were suspended.
Total volume improved to 1.852 billion shares, valued at RM1.825 billion, from yesterday's 1.756 billion shares valued at RM1.385 billion.
Mercury Securities Head of Research Edmund Tham said judging from today's trading, the market is expected to remain subdued on lack of fresh market impetus.
"Investors are waiting for the 2014 Budget to be announced on Friday before participating actively in the market.
"We expect the local bourse to hover around the 1,800 points level this week," he told Bernama.
Meanwhile, on the scoreboard the Finance Index slipped 40.83 points to 16,835.11, the Industrial Index rose 5.82 points to 3,100.36 and the Plantation Index added 15.98 points to 8,429.01.
The FBM Emas Index rose 1.399 points to 12,558.09, the FBM ACE Index was 14.1 points higher at 5,562.96, the FBMT100 Index declined 1.26 points to 12,285.24 and the FBM 70 Index lost 34 points to 14,346.77.
Among actives, Hubline was flat at 6.5 sen, Sumatec-OR lost 10 sen to nine sen and Winsun Technologies fell one sen to seven sen.
Maybank declined four sen to RM9.95, CIMB declined five sen to RM7.59 and Axiata was flat at RM6.91.
Volume on the Main Market rose to 1.485 billion shares, valued at RM1.753 billion, from 1.332 billion units, valued at RM1.315 billion, on Monday.
Turnover on the ACE market fell to 327.212 million units, worth RM66.859 million, from 376.859 million units, worth RM64.138 million, transacted yesterday.
Warrants decreased to 33.346 million shares, valued at RM3.272 million, from 44.876 million shares, valued at RM4.625 million, registered on Monday.
Consumer products accounted for 174.769 million shares on the Main Market, industrial products 156.455 million, construction 42.845 million, trade and services 754.221 million, technology 56.731 million, infrastructure 36.086 million, SPAC 54.304 million, finance 37.761 million, hotels 1.399 million,
properties 144.73 million, plantations 21.268 million, mining 5,000, REITs 4.417 million and closed/fund 34,200.-- Bernama