KUALA LUMPUR: Share prices on Bursa Malaysia closed lower as investors tracked losses in regional markets as cautious sentiment prevailed amid lingering concerns over the Euro-zone debt crisis, dealers said.
The FBM KLCI ended 2.24 points easier at 1,596.62 after opening 0.23 points higher at 1,599.09.
The Finance Index erased 44.399 points to 14,284.69, the Industrial Index, however, rose 0.17 of a point to 2,864.68 while the Plantation Index decreased 38.80 points to 8,781.57.
The FBM Emas Index declined 15.43 points to 10,947.99, the FBM Mid 70 Index dropped 16.66 points to 12,021.46 while the FBM ACE Index increased 10.50 points to 4,619.90.
Losers outpaced gainers 429 to 281 while 350 counters were unchanged, 475 untraded and 20 others were suspended.
Turnover decreased to 1.708 billion shares, worth RM1.555 billion, from 2.134 billion shares, worth RM1.615 billion, registered yesterday.
Actives, Ariantec Global slipped 1.50 sen to 17.5 sen, 1 Utopia rose half-a-sen to 8.5 sen, China Stationery lost 15 sen to RM1.63 and Metronic Global declined half-a-sen to 19 sen.
Among heavyweights, Maybank slipped three sen to RM8.84, Sime Darby decreased two sen to RM9.89, CIMB slipped four sen to RM7.63 and Petronas Chemicals was unchanged at RM6.70.
Main Market volume decreased to 939.523 million shares, worth RM1.425 billion from 1.052 billion shares, valued at RM1.413 billion, recorded yesterday.
Turnover on the ACE Market decreased to 622.101 million shares valued at RM106.152 million against 943.194 million units, worth RM179.857 million, registered yesterday.
Warrants increased to 115.113 million units, worth RM22.451 million, from 111.814 million units, worth RM20.023 million, transacted yesterday.
Consumer products accounted for 254.3 million shares traded on the Main Market, industrial products 145.4 million, construction 25.8 million, trade and services 334.4 million, technology 22.8 million, infrastructure 15.9 million, finance 46.8 million, hotels 1.2 million, properties 64.1 million, plantations 13.1 million, REITs 3.9 million and closed/fund 20,500 and mining 56,900.