KUALA LUMPUR: Defensive sectors such as telecommunications and utilities may be in the limelight amid the ongoing volatile market condition, said Malacca Securities Sdn Bhd today.
The research house added that the US labour market tightness and stubbornly high recent inflation data may also continue to sap trading interest in the global equities market, including Bursa Malaysia.
On commodities, it said the Brent crude oil price had tumbled towards US$72 (RM331.88) per barrel, while the crude palm oil price hovered above RM3,200 per tonne, adding that selling may continue to take place in the related sectors.
Meanwhile, jitters surrounding the US debt ceiling deal continued to dampen investors’ sentiments this morning.
Rakuten Trade Sdn Bhd equity research vice-president Thong Pak Leng said Wall Street declined overnight, as the Dow Jones fell by 0.4%, S&P 500 slipped by 0.61% and the Nasdaq 0.63% weaker amid persistent concern over the US debt situation.
At 9.20am, the FTSE Bursa Malaysia KLCI continued its downtrend, falling by 5.78 points to 1,381.34 from 1,387.12 at yesterday’s close.
The key index opened 3.82 points weaker at 1,383.30.
The broader market was bearish with decliners thumping advancers 218 to 141, while 255 counters were unchanged, 1,626 untraded and 27 others suspended.
Turnover amounted to 327.35 million units worth RM158.25 million.
Among the heavyweights, Public Bank and CIMB gained one sen each to RM3.82 and RM4.83, respectively, while Maybank lost four sen to RM8.61, Tenaga Nasional was five sen weaker at RM9.46, Petronas Chemicals dipped 12 sen to RM6.44 and CelcomDigi eased two sen to RM4.45.
Among the actives, Classita bagged 0.5 sen to 12 sen, while Synergy House reduced 5.5 sen to 37.5 sen, Alam Maritim Resources fell 0.5 sen to 2.5 sen and Tanco and Radium Development were flat at 51 sen and 38.5 sen respectively.
On the index board, the FBM Emas Index slid 46.26 points to 10,196.83, the FBMT 100 Index was 45.81 points easier at 9,903.70, the FBM Emas Shariah Index erased 66.26 points to 10,540.25 and the FBM 70 Index fell 80.78 points to 13,576.09, while the FBM ACE Index recovered 9.18 points to 4,956.42.
Sector-wise, the financial services index trimmed 21.21 points to 15,185.53, the industrial products and services index lost 0.81 of-a-point to 158.30, the plantation index was 3.65 points lower at 6,597.43, and the energy index shed 7.63 points to 801.81.