The FTSE Bursa Malaysia KLCI (FBM KLCI) rose by 6.12 points to close at 1,620.55. The bellwether had opened 1.60 points higher at 1,616.03.
Asian markets, however, fell as the European Central Bank’s decision yesterday to cut interest rate to a record low failed to excite investors.
Meanwhile, a US jobs data announcement later today would provide clues on the extent of the damage from the eurozone debt crisis to its economy.
The Finance Index surged 54.29 points to 14,437.72, Plantation Index gained 60.38 points to 8,757.17 and the Industrial Index rose 10.52 points to 2,871.96.
The FBM Emas rose 45.39 points to 11,086.25, FBM Ace Index increased 57.67 points to 4,399.17 and the FBM 70 Index gained 65.56 points to 12,183.05.
Gainers led losers by 482 to 281 while 322 counters were unchanged, 486 untraded and 19 others suspended.
Turnover increased to 1.14 billion shares worth RM1.52 billion from 1.12 billion shares worth RM1.39 billion yesterday.
Of the actives, Luster Industries rose half sen to 10 sen, Luster warrants increased one sen to seven sen and China Stationery declined 13 sen to RM1.22.
Among the heavyweights, Maybank was unchanged at RM8.67, Sime Darby was flat at RM9.93, CIMB rose four sen to RM7.70 and Petronas Chemicals eased two sen to RM6.58.
Volume on the Main Market increased to 756.60 million units worth RM1.46 billion from 673.39 million units worth RM1.31 billion yesterday.
Turnover on the ACE Market rose to 222.886 million shares valued at RM37.70 million from 202.48 million shares valued at RM34.27 million yesterday.
Warrants fell to 156.74 million units worth RM23.19 million from 239.27 million units worth RM41.94 million yesterday.
Consumer products accounted for 67.6 million shares traded on the Main Market, industrial products 179.9 million, construction 42.2 million, trade and services 184.8 million, technology 32.1 million, infrastructure 12.9 million, finance 102.7 million, hotels 1.1 million, properties 88.6 million, plantations 34.4 million, mining 20,000, REITs 9.9 million and closed/fund 75,000.