KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 2 — Bursa Malaysia ended trading on a weak note today in all index-linked counters, except the real estate investment trusts (REIT) index, and in line with regional peers who were dragged down by the lacklustre overnight performance of US markets, said a dealer.
The benchmark FTSE Bursa Malaysia KLCI (FBM KLCI) further lost 0.75 per cent or 12.31 points to finish at 1,626.76 from Thursday’s close of 1,639.07.
The FBM KLCI, which opened 7.68 points weaker at 1,631.39, moved between 1,623.66 and 1,631.42 throughout the day.
On the broader market, there were 697 losers to 209 gainers, while 341 counters remained unchanged, 650 untraded and 28 others suspended.
Turnover fell to 2.22 billion units worth RM1.76 billion from Thursday’s close of 2.45 billion units worth RM2.02 billion.
“Investors were quick to develop an adverse reaction to US President Donald Trump’s tweet that he would impose an additional 10 per cent tariff on US$300 billion in Chinese imports,” he said.
On Bursa, Pong said Malaysia’s trade data for June, which recorded a decline in exports and imports, also led some investors to move to the sidelines amid an increased weak global sentiment.
The Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) in a statement today said Malaysia’s June trade contracted by six per cent from the same month of 2018 to RM142.08 billion.
It said exports were down by 3.1 per cent to RM76.17 billion, with imports 9.2 per cent lower at RM65.91 billion.
Meanwhile, among heavyweights, Maybank, Public Bank and PChem fell four sen each to RM8.65, RM21.78 and RM7.43 respectively, Tenaga eased 18 sen to RM13.86 and IHH dipped three to RM5.73.
As for the actives, Netx was flat at 1.5 sen, KNM slid one sen to 39.5 sen and Ekovest dropped half-a-sen to 83.5 sen.
The FBM Emas Index shrank 95.28 points to 11,516.79, the FBMT 100 Index narrowed 91.28 points to 11,345.00 and the FBM Emas Shariah Index slumped 122.14 points to 11,926.52.
The FBM 70 was down 138.16 points to 14,356.22 and the FBM Ace lost 84.10 points at 4,689.34.
Sector-wise, the Financial Services Index gave up 82.50 points to 15,964.87, the Plantation Index trimmed 33.77 points to 6,689.17 and the Industrial Products and Services Index slid 1.03 points to 154.22.
Main Market volume narrowed to 1.32 billion shares valued at RM1.58 billion versus 1.52 billion shares worth RM1.83 billion on Thursday.
Warrants turnover increased to 506.77 million units worth RM122.91 million from 462.54 million units valued at M104.86 million.
Volume on the ACE Market fell to 385.79 million shares valued at RM55.37 million against 471.70 million shares worth RM84.90 million previously.
Consumer products and services accounted for 218.25 million shares traded on the Main Market, industrial products and services (253.84 million), construction (111.97 million), technology (105.01 million), SPAC (nil), financial services (45.27 million), property (77.94 million), plantations (15.74 million), REITs (24.91million), closed/fund (10,400), energy (296.09 million), healthcare (34.49 million), telecommunications and media (101.27 million), transportation and logistics (29.64 million) and utilities (15.02 million). — Bernama
Source: The Malay Mail Online