SHARES on Bursa Malaysia closed firmer yesterday as investors continued their buying support on the back of the country's better industrial production data released earlier, dealers said.
The FTSE Bursa Malaysia KLCI (FBM KLCI) rose 3.53 points to 1,768.48, pushed up by gains mostly in Axiata.
However, mild profit-taking in counters such as Maybank and UMW Holdings capped some of the earlier gains.
The Industrial Index rose 20.3 points to 3,010.74, the Finance Index added 2.092 points to 16,550.38 and the Plantation Index added 3.729 points to 8,280.93.
The FBM Emas Index was 23.63 points higher at 12,255.14, the FBMT100 gained 26.65 points to 12,009.92, the FBM 70 Index advanced 41.78 points to 13,876.16 and the FBM ACE Index garnered 11.82 points to 5,095.88.
Gainers led losers by 402 to 384, with 289 counters unchanged, 505 untraded and 15 suspended. Turnover rose to 1.99 billion units worth RM2.23 billion from Tuesday's 1.81 billion shares worth RM2.40 billion.
Among the actives, Green Packet-warrants gained five sen to 19 sen and Integrated Rubber-WA edged up 2.5 sen to 28 sen.
Axiata gained eight sen to RM6.84 and Sime Darby advanced five sen to RM9.53.
Meanwhile, FBM KLCI futures contracts on Bursa Malaysia Derivatives closed higher, in line with the steadier cash market.
September 2013 and October 2013 contracts rose four points each to 1,771 and 1,772, respectively, while December 2013 and March 2014 added three points each to 1,766.5 and 1,759.50, respectively.
Turnover declined to 7,860 lots from 12,244 on Tuesday, while open interest dwindled to 50,024 contracts from 55,566 previously. Bernama