SHARE prices on Bursa Malaysia closed higher yesterday amid positive global sentiment following the US Federal Reserve's decision to leave the stimulus programme intact, dealers said.
The benchmark FTSE Bursa Malaysia KLCI (FBM KLCI) perked 8.92 points to 1,801.83 after hovering between 1,794.81 and 1,805.15 throughout the day.
Affin Investment Bank vice-president/head of retail research Dr Nazri Khan said local stocks closed the week within two per cent of its all-time best level.
On the scoreboard, the Finance Index rose 178.18 points to 17,030.27 and the Industrial Index was up 1.98 points to 3,049.27, while the Plantation Index fell 59.69 points to 8,333.9.
The FBM Emas Index improved 53.42 points to 12,494.42, the FBMT100 perked 51.79 points to 12,233.68, the FBM 70 Index rose 23.6 points to 14,123.28 and the FBM ACE Index climbed 129.29 points to 5,359.95.
Gainers led losers 445 to 350, with 284 counters unchanged, 518 untraded and 32 others suspended. Turnover rose to 2.39 billion shares worth RM2.44 billion.
Among actives, The Media Shoppe added 2.5 sen to 12.5 sen, Sona Petroleum gained 1.5 sen to 43.5 sen and Luster inched one sen to 10 sen.
Meanwhile, FBM KLCI futures contracts on Bursa Malaysia Derivatives ended mostly lower on profit-taking despite the firmer cash market.
September 2013 fell 3.5 points to 1,792, while October 2013 and December 2013 slid three points each to 1,795 and 1,793, respectively.
Turnover declined to 9,625 lots from Thursday's 10,750 lots, while open interest increased to 56,582 contracts from 55,575 contracts before. Bernama