Share prices on Bursa Malaysia ended higher in sync with regional markets after Wall Street soared overnight to new highs, dealers said.
At 5pm today, the FTSE Bursa Malaysia KLCI finished 1.73 points better at 1,817.38, after moving between 1,812.66 and 1,818.89 throughout the day.
Total volume slipped to 1.705 billion shares worth RM1.801 billion from 1.809 billion shares valued at RM1.892 billion transacted yesterday.
Gainers led losers by 428 to 370, while 363 counters traded unchanged.
HwangDBS Vickers Research said major US bellwethers increased between 0.3 per cent and 0.7 per cent at the closing bell.
The US market was revolving on optimism that the US Federal Open Market Committee would maintain its monetary stimulus policy at the end of its meeting later tonight and strong corporate earnings momentum.
On the regional markets, Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index rose 2.0 per cent to 23,304.02, Japan's Nikkei 225 increased 1.23 per cent to 14,502.35 and South Korea's Kospi added 0.38 per cent to 2,059.58.
"The FBM KLCI's performance was driven by strong buying interest amid positive external vibes," RHB Research Institute Sdn Bhd technical analyst Mohammad Ashraf Abu Bakar told Bernama.
He said the local bourse will remain positive toward the end of the week despite total volume being a little low compared to yesterday.
On the scoreboard, the Finance Index rose 7.771 points to 16,752.55, the Industrial Index slid 4.6 points to 3,146.41 and the Plantation Index rose 61.42 points to 8,610.75.
The FBM Emas Index added 17.159 points to 12,631.89, the FBMT100 went up 15.45 points to 12,356.07, and the FBM70 Index increased 33.21 points to 14,333.99.
The FBM Ace Index, however, lost 12.25 points to 5,717.08.-- Bernama