Bursa mixed at midday

Bursa mixed at midday
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KUALA LUMPUR (July 5): Bursa Malaysia ended the morning trading session mixed, driven by sustained buying interest in heavyweights, led by Press Metal Aluminium Holdings Bhd and Petronas Dagangan Bhd. 

At 12.30pm on Tuesday (July 5), the FBM KLCI had added 0.57 of a point to 1,438.09 from Monday’s close at 1,437.52.  

The benchmark index, which opened 4.35 points higher at 1,441.87, moved between 1,437.46 and 1,444.67 throughout the morning session.

Overall market breadth was negative with losers leading gainers 367 to 303, while 375 counters were unchanged, 1,184 untraded and 14 others suspended.

Turnover stood at 1.17 billion units worth RM564.52 million.

In a note, Malacca Securities Sdn Bhd opined that the local bourse may see selling pressure interspersing with bargain-hunting activities for undervalued stocks.

“While sentiment is likely to remain negative, investors may focus on the banking sector amid the market’s expectations of an interest rate hike during Bank Negara Malaysia’s Monetary Policy Committee meeting.

“Meanwhile, the technology sector may succumb to another round of selldown amid the interest rate up-cycle environment," it said.

 Among the heavyweights, Press Metal increased five sen to RM4.67 and Petronas Dagangan advanced 38 sen to RM21.08, Malayan Banking Bhd (Maybank) and CIMB Group Holdings Bhd gained two sen each to RM8.62 and RM5.05 respectively, while both Public Bank Bhd and IHH Healthcare Bhd added one sen to RM4.40 and RM6.44 respectively.

Petronas Chemicals Group Bhd and Hong Leong Bank Bhd were flat at RM9.12 and RM20.48 respectively, while Petronas Gas Bhd slipped 10 sen to RM16.30. 

Of the actives, ACE Market debutant Orgabio Holdings Bhd rose four sen to 35 sen, AHB Holdings Bhd edged up half a sen to 13.5 sen, Reach Energy Bhd and Widad Group Bhd were flat at five sen and 36.5 sen respectively, and Jade Marvel Group Bhd inched down half a sen to 90.5 sen. 

On the index board, the FBM Emas Index appreciated 8.80 points to 10,234.84, the FBM Emas Shariah Index added 0.29 of a point to 10,354.06, FBM 70 improved 39.27 points to 12,333.30, FBM ACE trimmed 43.09 points to 4,674.36 and the FBMT 100 Index went up 10.50 points to 9,984.46. 

Sector-wise, the Financial Services Index went up 39.69 points to 16,079.50, the Industrial Products and Services Index was 0.49 of a point higher at 180.69, and the Plantation Index shrank 35.77 points to 6,854.82.