KUALA LUMPUR: The FBM KLCI ended the first quarter of 2023 in negative territory and remained some 72.9 points down year-to-date.
At closing, the benchmark index fell 2.02 points, or 0.14% to 1,422.59. Year-to-date, the index has fallen some 4.87%.
There were 439 gainers, 407 losers and 427 counters traded unchanged on the Bursa Malaysia. Turnover stood at 3.27 billion shares valued at RM1.76bil.
Stock market data showed foreign investors were net buyers at RM26mil on Thursday. Local institutions and retailers were net sellers at RM22mil and RM4mil respectively.
In today’s session, 13 of the KLCI-component stocks were traded higher while 14 counters ended lower and three counters closed unchanged.
Top gainers on Bursa Malaysia included PETRONAS Dagangan, which added 34 sen to RM21.34, Far East rose 25 sen to RM3.80, Chin Hin gained 22 sen to RM4.77 and Hextar Technologies climbed 20 sen to RM23.68.
PPB lost 56 sen to RM16.56, Kein Hing International slid 40 sen to RM1.40, Heineken eased 30 sen to RM26.50 and Nestle fell 30 sen to RM137.10.
Among the banks, Maybank fell six sen to RM8.57, Public Bank added two sen to RM4.00, RHB Bank climbed one sen to RM5.58, CIMB eased four sen to RM5.31, Hong Leong Bank declined two sen to RM20.22 and AmBank advanced three sen to RM3.75.
Elsewhere in the region, Japan’s Nikkei 225 rose 0.93% to close at 28,041.48.
South Korea’s Kospi index closed up 0.97%, to 2,476.86.
Hong Kong’s Hang Seng gained 0.45% to 20,400.11.
China’s CSI300 index rose 0.31% to 4,050.93, while the Shanghai Composite Index firmed 0.36% to 3,272.86.