SHARE prices on Bursa Malaysia closed firmer supported by buying interest in heavyweights ahead of the weekend, dealers said.
The FTSE Bursa Malaysia KLCI closed 2.17 points higher at 1,799.59, after hovering between 1,795.95 and 1,805 during yesterday's trading session.
The Finance Index advanced 68.85 points to 16,809.06, the Industrial Index improved 17.67 points to 3,094.92 while the Plantation Index slipped 19.3 points to 8,429.75.
The FBM Emas Index rose 29.57 points to 12,531.17, the FBMT100 Index improved 29.68 points to 12,262.01, the FBM 70 Index jumped 95.97 points to 14,335.93 and the FBM ACE Market Index was 33.69 points higher at 5,529.49.
Advancers led decliners 377 to 330 while 335 counters were unchanged, 580 untraded and 15 others suspended.
Total volume declined to 1.491 billion shares valued at RM2.037 billion from Thursday's 1.74 billion shares worth RM1.75 billion.
Of the actives, Xidelang rose 3.5 sen to 33 sen, while Malaysia Airlines shed half-a-sen to 35.5 sen.
Among the heavyweights, Maybank and Axiata were both unchanged at RM9.93 and RM6.91, respectively.
Meanwhile, FTSE Bursa Malaysia KLCI futures contract on Bursa Malaysia Derivatives was mostly lower due to profit taking activities.
October 2013 slipped 1.5 points to 1,798.5, March 2014 eased two points to 1,791.5 while November 2013 was unchanged at 1,798.5. December 2013 added 0.5 point to 1,799.
Turnover dropped to 4,204 lots from 5,256 lots on Thursday while open interest eased to 47,300 contracts from 47,637 contracts previously. Bernama