SHARE prices on Bursa Malaysia closed on a positive note yesterday, boosted by continued gains on selected heavyweights, dealers said.
The FTSE Bursa Malaysia KLCI (FBM KLCI) hovered between 1,796.10 and 1,802.57 points before ending 6.05 points higher to 1,797.42.
A dealer said investors also took the cue from the positive regional bourses' performances and the United States government debt ceiling deal.
On the scoreboard, the Finance Index advanced 8.34 points to 16,740.21, Industrial Index improved 7.66 points to 3,077.25 and the Plantation Index was 33.36 points higher at 8,449.05.
The FBM Emas Index rose by 39.59 points to 12,501.6, FBMT100 surged 36.71 points to 12,232.33, FBM 70 Index jumped 24.34 points to 14,239.96 and the FBM ACE Index added 33.55 points to 5,495.8.
Gainers led losers by 478 to 298 while 317 counters were unchanged, 520 untraded and 15 others suspended.
Volume rose to 1.74 billion shares worth RM1.75 billion from 1.62 billion shares worth RM1.884 billion on Wednesday.
Among the heavyweights, Maybank and Petronas Chemicals slipped one sen each to RM9.93 and RM7.12, respectively.
Meanwhile, FTSE Bursa Malaysia KLCI futures contract on Bursa Malaysia Derivatives ended mostly higher in line with the firmer cash market.
Spot month October 2013 and November 2013 rose 1.5 points each to 1,800 and 1,798.5, respectively, December 2013 decreased half-a-point to 1,798.5 while March 2014 was flat at 1,793.5.
Turnover jumped to 5,256 lots from 5,018 lots on Wednesday while open interest rose to 47,637 contracts from 46,786 contracts previously. Bernama