Bursa Malaysia rebounds, but settles below 1,600 psychological level

KUALA LUMPUR: The FTSE Bursa Malaysia KLCI (FBM KLCI) rebounded from earlier losses to finish the day just a whisker below the 1,600 psychological level, on fresh hopes over the US-China trade deal after US President Donald Trump said he will meet President Xi Jinping at the G20 Summit in June.

At 5pm, the FTSE Bursa Malaysia KLCI (FBM KLCI) eased 1.90 points to 1,599.19, the lowest since September 2015 after opening 20.24 points lower at 1,580.85.

The benchmark index moved between a low of 1,572.03 and a high of 1,603.72 during the day.

Losers outnumbered gainers 488 to 386 with 381 counters unchanged, 654 untraded and 24 others suspended.

Turnover increased to 2.82 billion shares valued at RM2.46 billion from 2.48 billion shares worth RM1.65 billion yesterday.

Inter-Pacific Securities Sdn Bhd head of research Pong Teng Siew said Trump’s prediction that the trade talks would be successful had eased concerns over a full-blown trade war after China raised tariffs on U$60 billion in US exports in retaliation for the US president’s move to impose tariff on another US$200 billion in Chinese goods.

Following the rebound in the local market, Pong said the market is expected to be on a positive trend for a few months.

Meanwhile, Bank Islam Malaysia Bhd chief economist Dr Mohd Afzanizam Abdul Rashid said some institutional investors may have entered and supported the market.

“It remains to be seen whether the rebound can be sustained as the US is contemplating to raise tariff on another US$300 billion (in Chinese) goods involving tech-related products,“ he said, adding that support level is currently seen at 1,596 points.

He said investors could be watching closely the forms of retaliation by China going forward, whether it will involve non-tariff measures such as currency devaluation, selling off US Treasury bonds holdings and introducing measures or regulations that will impede international trade between the two countries.

Among the heavyweights, Maybank dropped two sen to RM8.96, while Public Bank rose 14 sen to RM22.46, Tenaga added six sen to RM11.80 and CIMB up four sen to RM5.16.

Of the actively-traded stocks, Bumi Armada and Impiana were unchanged at 19 sen and four sen, respectively.

Ekovest inched up 1.5 sen to 85.5 sen and Lambo was one sen higher at eight sen.

The FBM Emas Index declined 15.81 points to 11,258.73, the FBMT 100 dipped 18.84 points to 11,096.71 and the FBM 70 lost 46.42 points to 13,816.45.

The FBM Emas Syariah Index erased 32.20 points to 11,376.90 and the FBM Ace Index down 23.45 points to 4,395.15.

Sector-wise, the Financial Services Index rose 21.47 points to 16,538.20, the Plantation Index fell 101.12 points to 6,913.29 and the Industrial Products and Services Index was 0.86 of-a-point lower at 163.91.

Main Market volume rose to 1.81 billion shares worth RM2.30 billion from 1.56 billion shares valued at RM1.57 billion yesterday.

Warrants turnover increased to 390.11 million units worth RM97.75 million from 181.85 million units worth RM22.63 million.

Volume on the ACE Market decreased to 618.18 million shares worth RM61.04 million from 740 million shares valued at RM57.29 million previously.

Consumer products and services accounted for 305.44 million shares traded on the Main Market, industrial products and services (198.12 million), construction (358.35 million), technology (116.38 million), SPAC (nil), financial services (63.20 million), property (180.34 million), plantation (36.45 million), REITs (10.45 million), closed/fund (nil), energy (399.52 million), healthcare (39.77 million), telecommunications and media (47.95 million), transportation and logistics (20.46 million), and utilities (33.79 million).

The physical price of gold as at 5pm stood at RM168.33 per gramme, up RM2.04 from RM166.29 at 5pm yesterday. — Bernama