SHARE prices on Bursa Malaysia finished on a firm note yesterday, with the FTSE Bursa Malaysia KLCI (FBM KLCI) closing at a new high of 1,818.93, surpassing Wednesday's all-time high of 1,814.11.
Etiqa Insurance and Takaful Bhd research head Chris Eng said the bullish performance was driven by strong buying interests in selected heavyweights, such as Petronas-linked stocks and Tenaga Nasional. The market barometer, which gained 4.82 points from yesterday's close, fluctuated between 1,817.41 and 1,822.17 throughout the day.
Total volume slipped to 1.52 billion shares valued at RM1.657 billion from 1.711 billion shares valued at RM2.123 billion previously.
Losers led gainers 419 to 344, with 323 counters unchanged, 537 untraded and 28 others suspended.
On the scoreboard, the Finance Index increased 18.49 points to 16,871.68 and the Plantation Index rose 60.569 points to 8,529.18. The Industrial Index, however, fell 1.08 points to 3,114.22.
The FBM Emas Index chalked up 19.8 points to 12,639.52, FBMT100 Index surged 22.79 points to 12,368.45 and the FBM ACE Index added 36.17 points to 5,571.59. The FBM 70 Index lost 14.74 points to 14,355.89.
Meanwhile, the FBM KLCI futures contracts on Bursa Malaysia Derivatives closed higher, supported by buying interest from local investors, dealers said.
Spot month October 2013 and December 2013 gained 11 points each to 1,826 and 1,825, respectively. November 2013 added 11.5 points to 1,825 and March 2014 rose 9.5 points to 1,818.5.
Turnover fell to 6,319 lots from 7,167 lots on Wednesday, while open interest decreased to 49,288 contracts from 50,600 contracts. Bernama