SHARES on Bursa Malaysia closed marginally higher yesterday, led by continued buying interest in heavyweights and penny stocks.
The benchmark FTSE Bursa Malaysia KLCI (FBM KLCI) rose two points to settle at 1,776.16.
The uptrend in Bursa Malaysia was in line with most regional markets, following positive United States employment data.
The Industrial Index fell 3.98 points to 3,034.31 and the Plantation Index dipped 31.01 points to 8,318.74. The FBM Emas Index rose 17.42 points to 12,349.3 and the Finance Index gained 86.75 points to 16,577.82.
The FBMT100 added 17.18 points to 12,083.43, the FBM 70 Index perked 34.82 points to 14,049.23 and the FBM ACE Index increased 55.9 points to 5,571.17.
Gainers led losers 401 to 356, with 305 counters unchanged, 530 untraded and 26 others suspended.
Heavyweights Maybank rose nine sen to RM9.86 and CIMB was three sen higher at RM7.77 but Sime Darby eased one sen to RM9.49.
Hytex Integrated Bhd, which rose two sen to 32 sen, was issued an unusual market activity query because of the recent sharp rise in its price and volume of units traded.
Turnover increased to 2.21 billion shares, worth RM1.60 billion from 2.14 billion shares worth RM1.87 billion on Thursday.
Meanwhile, FBM KLCI futures contracts on Bursa Malaysia Derivatives also closed higher yesterday.
September 2013 added seven points to 1,775, October 2013 rose 7.5 points to 1,781, and December 2013 was 6.5 points higher at 1,781. March 2014 increased eight points to 1,776. Turnover dropped to 15,502 lots from Thursday's 32,339, while open interest fell to 62,135 contracts from 84,391 previously. Bernama