SHARE prices on Bursa Malaysia closed mixed in cautious trading yesterday with the composite index ending in the positive territory supported by buying interest in selected heavyweights, dealers said.
The FTSE Bursa Malaysia KLCI (FBM KLCI) closed 0.82 point higher at 1,818.39, after moving between 1,814.86 and 1,821.14 yesterday.
Total volume fell to 1.757 billion shares valued at RM1.363 billion from 1.759 billion shares valued at RM1.418 billion recorded last Friday.
Losers outpaced gainers 449 to 320, while 297 counters were unchanged, 574 untraded and 30 others suspended.
Mercury Securities head of research Edmund Tham said activity was subdued as investors were looking for fresh catalysts.
On the scoreboard, the Finance Index decreased 11.68 points to 16,843.12, the Plantation Index slipped 40.65 points to 8,501.11, but the Industrial Index added 14.16 points to 3,142.07.
The FBM Emas Index declined 5.88 points to 12,630.54, FBMT100 Index lost 4.6 points to 12,359.07, the FBM 70 Index fell 47.3 points to 14,321.55 and the FBM ACE Index gained 74.18 points to 5,620.55.
Among the heavyweights, Maybank lost two sen to RM9.96, CIMB shed one sen to RM7.64 and Axiata was flat at RM6.91.
Meanwhile, FBM KLCI futures contracts on Bursa Malaysia Derivatives closed higher despite the mixed performance on the cash market, dealers said.
October 2013 and November 2013 rose six points to 1,820 and 1,820.5, respectively. December 2013 added 5.5 points to 1,820.5 and March 2014 gained eight points to 1,814.
Turnover rose to 40,753 lots from 8,348 lots, while open interest rose to 84,708 contracts from 51,988 contracts before. Bernama