KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 9 — Bursa Malaysia finished the week in the red across-the-board today, tracking the global stock sell-off following another day of overnight Wall Street losses, dealers said.
At 5.00pm, the benchmark FTSE Bursa Malaysia KLCI (FBM KLCI) stood at 1,819.82 points, down 1.06 per cent, or 19.62 points, from Thursday's close of 1,839.44.
The benchmark index moved between 1,806.25 and 1,824.23 throughout the trading session after opening 32.63 points weaker at 1,806.81.
Losers led gainers by 900 to 208, while 312 counters were unchanged, 438 untraded and 31 others suspended.
Turnover, however, rose to 2.45 billion shares worth RM2.67 billion from Thursday’s 2.05 billion shares worth RM2.08 billion.
The Standard & Poor's 500 Index and Dow Jones Industrial Average, fell 3.75 per cent and 4.15 per cent, respectively, Japan’s Nikkei 225 was 2.32 per cent lower, Hong Kong Hang Seng Index declined 3.10 per cent and the Singapore Straits Times Index eased 1.03 per cent.
Affin Hwang Investment Bank Vice-President/Head of Retail Research, Datuk Dr Nazri Khan Adam Khan, said the global-driven sell-offs were triggered amid fears of rising bond yields in the US as well as the higher and faster-than-expected interest rate increase.
“The correction on Wall Street is just on a medium term in which it is anticipated to happen,” he told Bernama.
Of the heavyweights, Maybank fell six sen to RM10.02, Tenaga eased eight sen to RM15.72, Public Bank lost 18 sen to RM21.80 and CIMB declined 24 sen to RM6.86.
Petronas Chemicals, however, added four sen to RM8.00.
Topping the losers’ list were Petronas Gas, which fell 52 sen to RM17.48, Panasonic Manufacturing Malaysia, down 50 sen to RM34.00 and Carlsberg Brewery, 32 sen lower to RM16.28.
Of the most active counters, Naim Indah and AirAsia X eased one sen each to four sen and 39 sen, respectively, while Hibiscus Petroleum was 4.5 sen lower at 81 sen.
The FBM Emas Index erased 130.47 points to 12,975.06, FBMT 100 Index fell 122.22 points to 12,701.84 and the FBM 70 shed 103.66 points to 15,948.77.
The FBM Emas Shariah Index dipped 101.33 points to 13,277.64 and the FBM Ace contracted 115.51 points to 6,088.32.
Sector-wise, the Finance Index was 207.12 points lower at 17,456.47, the Industrial Index fell 49.00 points to 3,221.36 and the Plantation Index slid 22.50 points to 7,946.03.
The Main Market volume rose to 1.57 billion units worth RM2.50 billion from Thursday’s 1.30 billion units worth RM1.92 billion.
Volume on the ACE Market decreased to 359.56 million shares valued at RM58.36 million from yesterday’s 362.55 million shares valued at RM61.07 million.
Warrants volume increased to 511.18 million units worth RM106.12 million from the 385.49 million units worth RM92.16 million yesterday.
Consumer products accounted for 67.90 million shares traded on the Main Market, industrial products (286.77 million), construction (104.38 million), trade and services (832.23 million), technology (72.07 million), infrastructure (8.11 million), SPAC (2.73 million), finance (67.10 million), hotels (318,000), properties, (87.08 million), plantations (30.31 million), mining (206,600), REITs (16.33 million) and closed/fund (nil). — Bernama