Bursa Malaysia remains higher at mid-afternoon

KUALA LUMPUR: Bursa Malaysia remained higher at mid-afternoon today amid cautious sentiment in regional markets.

At 3.05pm, the benchmark FTSE Bursa Malaysia KLCI (FBM KLCI) rose 6.58 points to 1,674.41 from Wednesdays close of 1,667.83. It opened 9.55 points higher at 1,677.38.

Gainers led losers 436 to 364 while 337 counters were unchanged, 727 untraded and 24 others suspended.

Turnover stood at 2.52 billion shares worth RM1.49 billion.

Among heavyweights, TNB advanced 16 sen to RM13.82, Petronas Chemicals perked up nine sen to RM8.64, CIMB added one sen to RM5.66, IHH Healthcare expanded 10 sen to RM5.70, Public Bank was flat at RM24.68 and Maybank fell three sen to RM9.44.

Of actives, Bumi Armada edged up half-a-sen to 16 sen, V.S. Industry jumped 15 sen to 90 sen, Sino Hua-An added 1.5 sen to 21.5 sen, Sapura Energy was flat at 30 sen and Tatt Giap declined 3.5 sen to 26.5 sen.

The FBM Emas Index improved 54.30 points to 11,535.79, the FBMT 100 Index was 53.11 points higher at 11,420.27 and the FBM Emas Shariah Index increased 103.59 points to 11,459.01.

The FBM Ace dipped 43.26 points to 4,428.67 and the FBM 70 put on 96.62 points to 13,409.64.

Sector-wise, the Finance Index shed 16.65 points to 17,353.11, the Industrial Products and Services Index was 1.44 points higher at 164.35 and the Plantation Index rose 64.17 points at 7,030.17.