SHARES on Bursa Malaysia closed mixed yesterday in cautious trading on continued buying support in heavyweights despite uncertainties surrounding the economic situation in the United States.
The benchmark FTSE Bursa Malaysia KLCI (FBM KLCI) rose 1.02 points to 1,771.37 after hovering between 1,770.02 and 1,773.29 throughout the day.
Decliners led advancers 401 to 351, with 316 counters unchanged, 535 untraded and 15 others suspended.
Turnover fell to 1.84 billion shares worth RM1.29 billion from 1.9 billion shares worth RM1.59 billion on Wednesday.
On the scoreboard, the Industrial Index rose 15.82 points to 3,054.22, the Finance Index gained 40.07 points to 16,469.45 but the Plantation Index fell 54.17 points to 8,300.12.
The FBM Emas Index shed 0.69 of a point to 12,315.15, the FBMT100 lost 1.12 points to 12,052.48, the FBM 70 Index dropped 34.62 points to 14,019.99 and the FBM ACE Index slipped 31.14 points to 5,454.66.
On heavyweights, Maybank and Axiata improved one sen each to RM9.82 and RM6.91, respectively, and Sime Darby added three sen to RM9.54.
Among the actives, The Media Shoppe and Karambunai-ORD lost one sen each to 16 sen and 5.5 sen, respectively, while Sumatec-WA fell 9.5 sen to 30.5 sen.
Meanwhile, on Bursa Malaysia Derivatives, the FBM KLCI futures contracts closed higher in line with the cash market as the positive Chinese economic data lifted market sentiments.
At close, October 2013 and November 2013 gained 10 points each to settle at 1,778.5 each. December 2013 rose nine points to 1,778.5 and March 2014 added 14 points to 1,778.
Turnover dwindled to 3,480 lots from Wednesday's 5,115 while open interest fell to 43,605 contracts. Bernama