The local bourse was marginally up with the benchmark KLCI rising barely over a tenth of a percent at midday Monday while markets in the region were mixed. At the midday break, the KLCI was 0.14% higher at 1,077.31 while Singapore’s Straits Times Index was 0.03% down at 2,317.27.
Tokyo’s Nikkei 225 fell 0.38% to 9,839.79 and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index lost 0.30% to 18,544.18. Shanghai’s A share index gained 0.61% to 2,946.04 and Seoul’s Kospi Index added 0.32% to 1,399.04.
At Bursa Malaysia, 180 counters were up, 257 were down and 218 others were traded unchanged. There were 462.95 million shares done with a total value of RM470.45 million. Bank stocks Maybank added 5 sen to RM5.85, Public Bank gained 10 sen RM9 while its foreign tranche rose 20 sen to RM9.05, AMMB added 4 sen to RM3.46, BCHB lost 5 sen to RM9.05 and Alliance Financial dropped 4 sen to RM2.28.
Among plantation stocks, Sime gained 10 sen to RM7, KL Kepong dropped 10 sen to RM12 and United Plantations was 10 sen higher at RM12.60.
YTL was up 10 sen at RM7 and Genting lost 10 sen to RM5.80. MISC added 10 sen to RM8.65 while its foreign tranche fell 10 sen to RM8.55. Shell gained 10 sen to RM10.30. MAS fell 12 sen to RM3.08 and AirAsia was 2 sen lower at RM1.15. TM gained 3 sen to RM2.94 and TimedotCom was up 2.5 sen to 42.5 sen. Puncak dropped 10 sen to RM3.20 and BAT rose 75 sen to RM44.50.
Nymex crude oil dropped 33 cents to US$68.83 per barrel.
Crude palm oil third-month futures fell RM48 to RM2,271 per tonne.
The ringgit was quoted at 3.535 to the US dollar.