KUALA LUMPUR: Share prices on Bursa Malaysia opened lower today, despite an upbeat overnight performance on Wall Street, dealers said. At 9.15 am, the benchmark FTSE Bursa Malaysia KLCI (FBM KLCI) was 3.57 points or 19.3 per cent easier at 1,843.73, after opening 5.97 points lower at 1,841.33.
Market breadth was slightly positive with gainers outpacing decliners 155 to 150 while 238 counters were unchanged, 1,078 untraded and 13 others suspended.
Turnover stood at 302.26 million shares worth RM153.48 million.
On other scoreboard, the FBM Emas Index lost 26.52 points to 12,898.30, the FBMT100 Index declined 30.14 points to 12,475.40 and the FBM Emas Syariah Index shed 39.12 points to 13,140.27.
The FBM 70 shed 57.21 points to 14,218.80 but the FBM Ace rose 20.44 points to 7,158.30, while on a sectorial basis, the Industrial Index dipped 7.13 points to 3,194.17, the Finance Index trimmed 18.50 points to 17,270.54 and the Plantation Index declined 31.37 points to 8,421.43.
Among heavyweights, Malayan Banking improved four sen to RM9.96 while CIMB Group and Sime Darby shed nine sen each to RM7.04 and RM9.06, respectively.
Actively traded stocks this morning included Priceworth International, Asia Bioenergy Tech, Censof Holdings, I-Bhd-Loab Rights and Pasukhas Group.
The local bourse was not opened yesterday for the Malaysia Day holiday.–Bernama
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