SHARES on Bursa Malaysia closed higher yesterday as investors across the region continued to increase their holdings on the back of improved market sentiments.
Gains, seen mostly in CIMB and DiGi, pushed the benchmark FTSE Bursa Malaysia KLCI (FBM KLCI) 3.92 points higher to close at 1,772.4, after opening at 1,777.76.
CIMB and DiGi, which together contributed 2.5 points to the barometer index's rise, rose eight and 10 sen to RM7.58 and RM4.80, respectively.
The Industrial Index added 1.3 points to 3,012.04, the Finance Index improved 37.039 points to 16,587.42, and the Plantation Index increased 29.46 points to 8,310.39.
The FBM Emas Index advanced 30.84 points to 12,285.98, the FBMT100 climbed 28.29 points to 12,038.21, the FBM 70 Index jumped 39.65 points to 13,915.81 and the FBM ACE Index was 21.61 points higher at 5,117.49.
Advancers thumped decliners by 417 to 292, with 326 counters unchanged, 553 untraded and 21 others suspended.
Turnover eased to 1.46 billion shares worth RM1.75 billion from 1.99 billion units worth RM2.227 billion on Wednesday.
Solid Automotive, which made its debut on Main Market yesterday, were among the actives. It ended eight sen higher at 64 sen, from its offer price of 56 sen.
Meanwhile, FBM KLCI futures contracts on Bursa Malaysia Derivatives closed easier yesterday on profit-taking.
September 2013, October 2013 and March 2014 dropped six points each to close at 1,765, 1,766 and 1,753.5, respectively, while December 2013 eased one point to 1,765.5.
Turnover decreased to 6,086 lots from 7,860 on Wednesday, while open interest declined to 49,424 contracts from 50,024 contracts previously. Bernama