BURSA Malaysia ended firmer yesterday supported by last-minute buying interest mostly in plantation counters and selected heavyweights, dealers said.
The FTSE Bursa Malaysia KLCI (FBM KLCI) closed 0.97 point higher at 1,803.58.
Sime Darby rose 12 sen to RM9.58, Felda Global Ventures Holdings 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 suspended.
Total volume improved to 1.852 billion shares valued at RM1.825 billion, from 1.756 billion shares valued at RM1.385 billion.
Mercury Securities head of research Edmund Tham said judging from the trading, the market is expected to remain subdued on lack of fresh market impetus.
"We expect the local bourse to hover around the 1,800-point level this week," he said.
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 the 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.
Meanwhile, FBM KLCI futures contracts on Bursa Malaysia Derivatives closed almost flat yesterday.
November 2013 rose one point to 1,806 and March 2014 gained 2.5 points to 1,802.5. October 2013 and December 2013 stood at 1,806 respectively. Bernama