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KUALA LUMPUR, July 21 -- Bursa Malaysia ended marginally higher at mid-day as the market moved sideways with buying interest in rubber glove stocks continuing to support the market.
At 12.30 pm, the benchmark FTSE Bursa Malaysia KLCI (FBM KLCI) edged up 0.10 of a point better at 1,520.07 from Monday’s close of 1,519.97.
The index opened 1.40 points higher at 1,521.37 and moved between 1,516.76 and 1,521.57 throughout the morning trading session.
Losers outpaced gainers 533 to 335, while 416 counters were unchanged, 959 untraded, and 18 others suspended.
Turnover stood at 3.41 billion units worth RM1.95 billion
A dealer said the market opened higher today, taking cue from the better overnight performance on Wall Street but turned lower at mid-morning weighed down by selling in selected heavyweights before ending the morning session marginally higher.
"Concerns over rising COVID-19 infections continued to weigh on market sentiment, prompting investors to dump risk assets while attracting buying interest in glove makers stocks," she noted.
Of the heavyweights, Maybank and TNB added one sen each to RM8.04 and to RM9.77 respectively, and Petronas Chemicals gained nine sen to RM8.09.
Public Bank eased one sen to RM4.03 and IHH Healthcare shed two sen to RM5.73.
Among the actives, Pasukhas warrant expanded 1.5 sen to two sen, Pasukhas edged up half-a-sen to 11 sen, Systech added 3.5 sen to 34 sen, and ACE Market debutant Haily Group rose 5.5 sen to 73.5 sen.
Kanger International was flat at 7.5 sen.
On the index board, the FBM Emas Index increased 7.10 points to 11,119.57, the FBMT 100 Index improved 8.36 points to 10,824.13, and the FBM ACE advanced 29.66 points to 7,288.87.
The FBM Emas Shariah Index was 34.47 points higher at 12,223.80, and the FBM 70 climbed 41.32 points to 14,560.61.
Sector-wise, the Financial Services Index decreased 33.56 points to 14,838.36, the Plantation Index slipped 32.55 points to 6,202.34, but the Industrial Products and Services Index edged up 0.49 of-a-point to 188.88.
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