SHARES on Bursa Malaysia closed slightly higher yesterday on mild buying interest despite a weaker external environment, dealers said.
The benchmark FTSE Bursa Malaysia KLCI (FBM KLCI) rose 0.41 point to settle at 1,769.03 after hovering between 1,759.66 and 1,770.34 throughout the day.
Advancers led decliners 372 to 361, with 327 counters unchanged, 528 untraded and 13 others suspended.
Turnover fell to 1.77 billion shares worth RM1.62 billion from 1.85 billion shares worth RM2.38 billion recorded on Monday.
Mercury Securities Research head Edmund Tham said the local market and the regional peers are not impacted by the United States shutdown as the "issues have already been expected".
On the scoreboard, the Industrial Index fell 0.71 point to 3,040.04 and the Finance Index lost 27.13 points to 16,399, while the Plantation Index rose 32.73 points to 8,315.84.
The FBM Emas Index gained 11.78 points to 12,301.43, the FBMT100 rose 10.68 points to 12,037.88, the FBM 70 Index added 45.07 points to 14,008.54 while the FBM ACE Index slipped 12.6 points to 5,524.57.
Among the heavyweights, Maybank shed four sen to RM9.80 and CIMB slipped two sen to RM7.50 while Axiata gained one sen to RM6.89.
Meanwhile, the FBM KLCI futures contracts on Bursa Malaysia Derivatives closed lower despite a positive performance of the cash market.
October 2013 lost 1.5 points to 1,770.5 and March 2014 declined two points to 1,767. November 2013 stood at 1,771 while December 2013 was flat at 1,772.5.
Turnover dwindled to 7,965 lots from Monday's 15,623 while open interest fell to 46,939 contracts from 65,705 contracts before. Bernama