SHARES on Bursa Malaysia closed firmer yesterday, with gains mostly seen in banking and oil and gas counters led by Maybank, dealers said.
The FTSE Bursa Malaysia KLCI (FBM KLCI) ended up 9.83 points, or 0.55 per cent, from Thursday's close at 1,785.75, after fluctuating between 1,788.99 and 1,783.53 throughout the day.
Maybank, the largest contributor to the rise with 1.572 points, saw its shares gain 1.01 per cent, or 10 sen, to RM10, with 5.671 million shares changing hands.
On the scoreboard, the Finance Index increased 101.7 points to 16,691.8, the Industrial Index climbed 20.59 points to 3,068.06, and the Plantation Index advanced 22.92 points to 8,360.49.
The FBM Emas Index surged 60.99 points to 12,431.66, the FBMT100 chalked up 58.16 points to 12,163.41, the FBM 70 Index rose 31.56 points to 14,202.84 and the FBM ACE Index gained 45.77 points to 5,503.57.
Market breadth was positive with gainers trouncing losers by 480 to 282, with 319 counters unchanged, 530 untraded and 23 others suspended.
Turnover slipped to 1.825 billion shares worth RM1.608 billion from 1.86 billion shares worth RM1.566 billion on Thursday.
Meanwhile, FBM KLCI futures contracts on Bursa Malaysia Derivatives ended higher, in sync with the uptrend on the cash market.
October 2013, December 2013 and March 2014 gained six points each to 1,789.5, 1,789.5 and 1,787.5, respectively, while November 2013 rose seven points to 1,789.5.
Turnover expanded to 5,409 lots from Thursday's 4,219 lots, while open interest advanced to 46,374 contracts from 45,113 contracts before. Bernama