SHARE prices on Bursa Malaysia closed higher yesterday, propped up by mild buying in lower liners and small cap companies, dealers said.
The benchmark FTSE Bursa Malaysia KLCI (FBM KLCI) rose 4.14 points to 1,774.94 from last week's close of 1,770.8.
The market barometer hovered between 1,769.12 and 1781.47.
A dealer said the market showed some resilience despite bearish regional market sentiment due to the negative outlook ahead of the United States Federal Reserve monetary policy meeting today.
The Finance Index firmed 20.33 points to 16,607.73, the Plantation Index increased 11.43 points to 8,342.18 and the Industrial Index went up 2.47 points to 3,008.22.
The FBM Emas Index rose 33.08 points to 12,307.67, the FBMT100 was 31.91 points higher at 12,060.11, the FBM 70 Index increased 52.511 points to 13,960.23 and the FBM ACE Index jumped 58.38 points to 5,152.77.
Gainers led losers by 443 to 308, with 290 counters unchanged, 547 untraded and 21 others suspended. Turnover rose to 1.5 billion shares worth RM1.74 billion from 1.23 billion shares worth RM1.38 billion.
Among the actives, Integrated Rubber and Green Packet added 4.5 sen each to close at 46.5 sen and 47 sen, respectively.
Meanwhile, FBM KLCI futures contracts on Bursa Malaysia Derivatives also closed mostly higher.
September 2013 was up 0.5 point to 1,765.5, October 2013 and December 2013 rose two points each to 1,767 and 1,762, respectively, while March 2014 was unchanged at 1,752.
Turnover rose to 7,615 lots from last Friday's 7,239 lots, while open interest rose to 51,902 contracts from 50,266 contracts previously. Bernama