KUALA LUMPUR: Oil and gas (O&G) stocks are among the most active counters on Bursa Malaysia in early trade Wednesday on stronger Brent crude oil price.
Reuters reported that oil prices rose nearly 2% on Tuesday after more U.S. states eased lockdowns and the European Union sought to attract travellers, though soaring Covid-19 cases in India capped gains.
Brent crude futures settled at US$68.88 a barrel, up US$1.32, or 1.95%.
U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures rose by US$1.20, or 1.86%, to settle at US$65.69.
The Bursa Malaysia Energy Index rose 1.52%, or 13.62 points to 911.32.
KNM is the second most active counter on Bursa. It added 2.7%, or 0.5 sen to 19 sen with 59.16 million shares traded.
Bumi Armada added 2.41%, or one sen to 42.5sen, Hibiscus gained 3.1%, or two sen to 66.5 sen and Uzma rose 3.6%, or 2.5 sen to 72 sen.