SHARE prices on Bursa Malaysia remained on higher ground at closing yesterday with the FTSE Bursa Malaysia KLCI (FBM KLCI) surging 23.23 points, or 1.348 per cent, to 1,747.03.
Dealers said buying interest was seen in most key heavyweights as investors took a cue from the positive performance of other regional bourses.
CIMB and Genting, which accounted for 5.64 per cent of the benchmark's rise, gained 21 sen and 41 sen each to RM7.40 and RM6.63, respectively.
The Industrial Index rose 49.48 points to 2,950.55, the Finance Index climbed 204.14 points to 16,386.87 and the Plantation Index increased 71.01 points to 8,224.71.
The FBM Emas Index was 151.61 points higher at 12,108.97, the FBMT100 gained 148.84 points to 11,865.87, the FBM 70 Index advanced 135.35 points to 13,716.46 and the FBM ACE Index went up 44 points to 5,019.85.
Gainers thumped losers by 568 to 171, with 266 counters unchanged, 559 untraded and 14 others suspended.
Turnover rose to 1.28 billion shares worth RM1.60 billion against last Friday's closing of 1.10 billion shares worth RM1.45 billion.
Among heavyweights, Maybank and Axiata increased four sen each to RM10.04 and RM6.76, respectively.
FBM KLCI futures contracts on Bursa Malaysia Derivatives also closed higher yesterday.
September 2013 contracts jumped 39.5 points to 1,751, October 2013 advanced 40.5 points to 1,749.5, December 2013 increased 43.5 points to 1,744.5 and March 2014 rose 38 points to 1,734.
Turnover rose to 11,282 lots from 10,289 lots last Friday, while open interest surged 53,992 contracts from 51,518 contracts previously. Bernama