SHARE prices ended slightly mixed yesterday in line with the sentiment on regional markets and in the face of China's weak manufacturing data, dealers said.
The FTSE Bursa Malaysia Kuala Lumpur Composite Index (FBM KLCI) finished 0.19 point lower at 1,637.44, due to profit taking in select heavyweights. The index, which opened at 1,636.47, hovered between 1,636.47 and 1,640.6 yesterday.
Advancers led decliners by 362 to 272, with 323 counters unchanged, 686 untraded and 22 suspended.
Total volume declined to 878 million shares valued at RM1.45 billion from the 1.01 billion shares worth RM1.98 billion recorded previously.
"Investors took profit while waiting for new market leads to emerge," HwangDBS Vickers Research said.
Of the actives, Patimas Computers added 0.5 sen to five sen, while both Ingenuity Consolidated and GPRO Technologies were flat at 10 sen and 11 sen, respectively.
Among the heavyweights, Maybank fell five sen to RM9.10 and Axiata lost four sen to RM6.36, while Sime Darby was little changed at RM9.21.
Volume on the Main Market decreased to 687.96 million shares valued at RM1.43 billion from 824.99 million shares worth RM1.96 billion.
Meanwhile, FBM KLCI futures contracts on Bursa Malaysia Derivatives closed lower, as market sentiment dampened following a marginally weaker overnight US bourse, dealers said.
March 2013 lost five points to 1,630.5, April 2013 fell 9.0 points to 1,626.5, June 2013 slipped 3.5 points to 1,616.5 and September 2013 shed three points to 1,611.0.
Turnover totalled 6,057 lots while open interest stood at 34,325 contracts. Bernama