SHARES on Bursa Malaysia closed slightly lower yesterday on lack of buying interest and amid the absence of fresh market leads, dealers said.
The benchmark FTSE Bursa Malaysia KLCI (FBM KLCI) fell 7.54 points to settle at 1,768.62, after hovering between 1,762.3 and 1,781.84 throughout the day.
Losers led gainers 558 to 227, with 261 counters flat, 547 untraded and 26 suspended.
Turnover decreased to 1.85 billion shares worth RM2.38 billion from the 2.21 billion shares worth RM1.6 billion last Friday.
Mercury Securities head of research Edmund Tham said market players were mostly on the sidelines in closely monitoring the progress by US lawmakers in its budget talks.
On the scoreboard, the Industrial Index rose 6.44 points to 3,040.75, while the Plantation Index shed 35.63 points to 8,283.11, and the Finance Index lost 151.69 points to 16,426.13.
The FBM Emas Index fell 59.65 points to 12,289.65, the FBMT100 declined 56.23 points to 12,027.20, the FBM 70 Index lost 85.76 points to 13,963.47 and the FBM ACE Index decreased 34 points to 5,537.17.
Of the heavyweights, Maybank lost two sen to RM9.84, CIMB slipped 12 sen to RM7.52 and Axiata fell one sen to RM6.88.
Among the actives, The Media Shoppe was flat at 18.5 sen, and Silver Bird dipped three sen to 13 sen, while Green Packet-WA earned half-a-sen to 21 sen.
FBM KLCI futures contracts closed mixed, affected by the lack of buying interest.
September 2013 gained one point to 1,776, March 2014 rose three points to 1,769, October 2013 fell nine points to 1,772 and December 2013 was 8.5 points lower at 1,772.5.
Turnover increased slightly to 15,623 lots from last Friday's 15,502 while open interest added to 65,705 contracts from 62,135 last week. Bernama