Bursa lower in cautious trade, US weakness clouding sentiment

TheEdge Mon, Feb 27, 2023 09:29am - 3 months View Original

KUALA LUMPUR (Feb 27): Bursa Malaysia traded cautiously early Monday (Feb 27) amid US equity weaknesses.

At 9.08am, the benchmark FTSE Bursa Malaysia KLCI (FBM KLCI) eased by 0.80 of-a-point to 1,456.00 from Friday's close of 1,456.80. 

The index opened 0.76 of-a-point lower at 1,456.04.

On the broader market, decliners led advancers 199 to 174, while 251 counters were unchanged, 1,617 untraded and 70 others suspended.

Turnover stood at 334.75 million units worth RM102.06 million.  

Rakuten Trade Sdn Bhd vice-president of equity research Thong Pak Leng said Wall Street closed broadly lower on Friday, as concerns about inflation heightened following the release of a higher-than-expected personal consumption expenditure price index, that may force the United States (US) Federal Reserve to maintain a high-interest regime longer than anticipated.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average declined by 337 points, while Nasdaq lost 195 points as the US 10-year yield remained at almost 3.95%.

Closer to home, Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index slipped to its lowest level this year at just above the 20,000 mark due to a mixed bag of earnings from major Chinese tech companies, coupled with strong headwinds from the US.

“We reckon sentiment on the local bourse will remain cautious, mainly due to the US weakness but with some positive bias.

“Thus, we expect the index to hover within the 1,455-1,465 range today (Monday), with interest on the banks, construction and telco sectors today,” he said.

Among heavyweights, Press Metal Aluminium Holdings Bhd lost 13 sen to RM5.07, Petronas Chemicals Group Bhd (PetChem) fell 11 sen to RM7.09, and Kuala Lumpur Kepong Bhd (KLK) was 24 sen weaker at RM20.90.

Public Bank Bhd narrowed one sen to RM4.12, and IHH Healthcare Bhd trimmed two sen to RM5.90.

Other Bursa Malaysia heavyweights like CIMB Group Holdings Bhd advanced four sen to RM5.51, and Malayan Banking Bhd (Maybank) added three sen to RM8.77.

As for active stocks, Zen Tech International Bhd and Borneo Oil Bhd were flat at 2.5 sen and 2.0 sen respectively, BCM Alliance Bhd fell half-a-sen to 2.0 and MyEG Services Bhd was down one sen to 72.5 sen.

On the index board, the FBM Emas Index gave up 3.42 points to 10,623.02, the FBMT 100 Index dwindled 3.46 points to 10,294.36, the FBM ACE Index lost 68.28 points to 5,491.77, the FBM Emas Shariah Index went down 25.46 points to 10,905.13, but the FBM 70 Index rose 4.79 points to 13,510.00.

Sector-wise, the Financial Services Index rose 42.24 points to 16,064.07, the Energy Index fell 0.26 of-a-point to 890.58, the Plantation Index decreased 26.44 points to 6,765.89, and the Industrial Products and Services Index eased 1.46 points to 178.20.

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