SHARE prices on Bursa Malaysia ended higher in sync with regional markets after Wall Street soared overnight to new highs.
The FTSE Bursa Malaysia KLCI (FBM KLCI) finished 1.73 points higher at 1,817.38, after moving between 1,812.66 and 1,818.89 throughout the day.
Total volume slipped to 1.71 billion shares worth RM1.801 billion from 1.81 billion shares valued at RM1.89 billion on Tuesday. Gainers led losers by 428 to 370, while 363 counters traded unchanged.
HwangDBS Vickers Research said major US bellwethers increased between 0.3 per cent and 0.7 per cent at the closing bell.
"The FBM KLCI's performance was driven by strong buying interest amid positive external vibes," said RHB Research Institute analyst Mohammad Ashraf Abu Bakar.
The Finance Index rose 7.77 points to 16,752.55, the Industrial Index slid 4.6 points to 3,146.41 and the Plantation Index rose 61.42 points to 8,610.75.
The FBM Emas Index added 17.16 points to 12,631.89, the FBMT100 went up 15.45 points to 12,356.07 and the FBM70 Index increased 33.21 points to 14,333.99.
The FBM Ace Index, however, lost 12.25 points to 5,717.08.
Among actives, AT Systematization lost 5.5 sen to 25 sen and Daya Materials added two sen to 38.5 sen. Among heavyweights, BAT rose RM1.20 to RM64 and Genting increased 18 sen to RM10.66.
Meanwhile, the FBM KLCI futures contract on Bursa Malaysia Derivatives ended higher, in line with the cash market.
Spot month October 2013 and November 2013 rose 4.5 points each to 1,818.5 and 1,824.5, respectively. December 2013 added 3.5 points to 1,822 while March 2014 stood at 1,819.
Turnover decreased to 21,332 lots from 35,677 lots while open interest fell to 68,067 contracts from 84,810 contracts. Bernama