Bursa Malaysia easier at mid-afternoon

An investor monitors share market prices at a brokerage firm in Kuala Lumpur. — Reuters pic
An investor monitors share market prices at a brokerage firm in Kuala Lumpur. — Reuters pic

KUALA LUMPUR, June 20 ― Bursa Malaysia was easier at mid-afternoon today, weighed by trade and services heavyweights and consumer counters, dealers said.

At 3.02pm, the benchmark FTSE Bursa Malaysia KLCI (FBM KLCI) stood at 1,782.45 points, down 6.45 points, after opening 2.18 points lower at 1,786.72.

Maxis was among the top three losers, losing 25 sen to RM5.63, Sapura Energy eased 13 sen to RM1.72, TNB erased 12 sen to RM14.26 while among consumer counters, BAT shed 38 sen to RM45.18 and Hong Leong Industries reduced six sen to RM9.89.

Market breadth was negative with losers outpacing gainers 473 to 272 with 397 counters unchanged, 647 counters untraded and 21 others suspended.

Turnover stood at 979.64 million shares worth RM1.09 billion.

Of the heavyweights, Maybank and IHH Healthcare gained one sen each to RM9.64 and RM5.99, respectively, Public Bank and Sime Darby added two sen each to RM20.36 and RM9.62, respectively while Digi and Petronas Gas were flat at RM5.00 and RM18.88, respectively.

Of the actives, Netx increased half-a-sen to six sen, Anzo eased two sen to 16.5 sen, Pasukhas gained one sen to 17 sen, MBSB advanced five sen to RM1.37 and Hiap Teck rose two sen to 36.5 sen.

The FBM Emas Index fell 40.94 points to 12,675.42, FBMT100 Index declined 41.28 points to 12,320.64 and the FBM 70 lost 37.63 points to 15,012.49.

The FBM Emas Shariah Index dipped 60.89 points to 12,880.24. The FBM Ace rose 3.71 points to 6,178.69.

Sector-wise, the Finance Index added 7.11 points to 16,858.59, the Industrial Index went down 7.79 points to 3,277.81 and the Plantation Index shed 20.60 points to 7,963.01. ― Bernama

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