KLCI close higher

KUALA LUMPUR: Local stocks closed higher on Monday, with rubber glove makers posting handsome double digit gains as investors bet that companies like Supermax Corp, Adventa and Rubberex Corp would profit from increased demand and higher prices.

The FBM KLCI closed 3.12 points higher, or 0.28% at 1,188 points - a new high for the year. Total market turnover was 870 million shares worth an estimated RM1.286bil.

Rising stocks outnumbered decliners by a comfortable margin of 416 versus 262, while 218 counters were unchanged. The broader FBM Emas index rose 0.38% to 8,051 points and the FBM Small Cap index jumped 1.3% to 10,201 points.

Commodity related stocks hogged the limelight.

Shares in Supermax jumped 30 sen, or 11% to RM3.03, while Adventa rose 38 sen, or 22% to RM2.11 and Rubberex added 27 sen, or 16% to RM2.00.

Big plantations stocks, however, failed to ride on the bullish industry data that propelled crude palm oil futures contracts on Bursa Derivatives by as much as 3.4% to new two-month highs.

Sime Darby added 2 sen to RM8.28, IOI Corp advanced 1 sen to RM5.14 and KL-Kepong climbed 6 sen to RM12.70.

The Malaysian Palm Oil Board said on Monday that the edible oil stockpile in the country dropped 5.7% in July to 1.3 million tonnes from the previous month, as export surged faster than production.

Most Asian bourses ended higher on Monday, but European equities were down in early trade after four weeks of straight gains.

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