Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin is due to address the nation at 4pm today with regards to the stimulus package to mitigate the effects of the conronavirus shutdown on the economy.
The broader region was slightly more optimistic on Monday as the worldwide number of new coronavirus infections and death toll slowed, although Singapore, Indonesia and the Philippines reported a rise in cases.
At 12.30pm, the FBM KLCI was up 4.66 points to 1,335.31, defying selling pressure as oil prices retreated on fears that an anticipated deal between oil producers was not materialising.
Gaining counters outpaced decliners 512 to 207 while 301 were unchanged.
Trading volume on the stock exchange remained high as traders exchanged positions on small-cap oil and gas counters.
In the morning session, there were 2.83 billion shares exchanging hands for a value of RM1.13bil.
Top traded stocks in the sector were Hibiscus Petroleum up four sen to 49 sen, SAPURA ENERGY gaining one sen to 10.5 sen and Bumi Armada rising 1.5 sen to 18 sen.
Meanwhile ecommerce solutions provider Lambo also saw robust interest, and was unchanged at one sen.
Heavyweights seeing buying interest included Maybank climbing 23 sen to RM7.63 and Public Bank adding 18 sen to RM15.88.
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