Bursa Malaysia pauses for breather after 6-day winning streak

BURSA Malaysia ended in the red on Tuesday, taking a pause after a six-day winning streak due to profit-taking in heavyweights led by Petronas Chemicals and Public Bank stocks.

Significant gains in Axiata and CIMB, however, helped to curb further downtrend in the FTSE Bursa Malaysia KLCI (FBM KLCI), which ended 2.01 points easier to 1,444.41 compared to Friday’s close of 1,446.42.

The barometer index opened 2.72 points higher to 1,449.14 and moved between 1,441.19 and 1,454.06 throughout the session.

The broader market was slightly negative with losers outpacing gainers 445 to 420, while 384 counters were unchanged, 1,103 untraded, and 12 others suspended.

Turnover increased to 2.26 billion units valued at RM1.76 bil versus 2.04 billion units worth RM1.51 bil on Friday.

Rakuten Trade Sdn Bhd vice-president of equity research Thong Pak Leng told Bernama that the local market performance was also in sync with regional markets as investors remained cautious about the outlook for interest rates in the US ahead of next week’s Federal Reserve (Fed) meeting.

The Fed will hold a meeting on Nov 1-2, with investors hoping the central bank would soon slow rate hikes as early as December.

Earlier, global equities were temporarily spooked by losses in China’s stocks and currency market as investors sell off Chinese assets amid worries over China president Xi Jinping’s new leadership team’s economic direction.

‘’At home, we maintain our cautiously optimistic view as we expect investors’ sentiments to remain positive given the improving local economy.

‘’We anticipate the FBM KLCI to trend higher within the 1,440 to 1,460 range for the week,’’ he noted.

Heavyweights, Petronas Chemicals dipped 16 sen to RM8.84, while Public Bank lost five sen to RM4.45, Petronas Gas was 24 sen weaker at RM16.96, Tenaga Nasional erased eight sen to RM8.25, and Petronas Dagangan slid 42 sen to RM20.88.

Axiata, CIMB and Maybank remained higher, gaining 14 sen, six sen, and two sen to RM2.74, RM5.59, and RM8.68, respectively.

Of the actives, Eduspec and Vinvest eased half-a-sen to 1.5 sen and 21.5 sen respectively, and Widad shed one sen to 47 sen.

MyEG was flat at 83 sen, Advance Synergy gained half-a-sen to 7.0 sen.

On the index board, the FBM Emas Index rose 7.49 points to 10,228.39, the FBM 70 climbed 78.76 points to 12,107.39, and the FBMT 100 Index increased 4.36 points to 9,974.82.

The FBM Emas Shariah Index bagged 14.72 points to 10,212.12 and the FBM ACE perked up 29.33 points to 4,830.60.

Sector-wise, the Financial Services Index trimmed 5.91 points to 16,505.17, and the Energy Index edged down 1.19 points to 678.36.

The Industrial Products and Services Index shed 0.67 of-a-point to 175.09 and the Plantation Index dropped 15.19 points to 6,792.08.

The Main Market volume narrowed to 1.25 billion shares worth RM1.49 bil from 1.26 billion shares worth RM1.31 bil on Friday.

Warrants turnover improved to 431.82 million units worth RM71.87 mil from 252.91 million units worth RM41.86 mil.

The ACE Market volume expanded to 575.24 million shares worth RM200.29 mil from 523.30 million shares worth RM162.39 mil previously.

Consumer products and services counters accounted for 229.51 million shares traded on the Main Market, industrial products and services (311.81 million), construction (35.16 million), technology (149.07 million), SPAC (nil), financial services (81.41 million), property (140.53 million), plantation (32.62 million), REITs (5.2 million), closed/fund (80,600), energy (77.76 million), healthcare (102.79 million), telecommunications and media (42.24 million), transportation and logistics (33.84 million), and utilities (12.19 million). – Oct 25, 2022


Main photo credit: Harian Metro 

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