KUALA LUMPUR: Blue chips started the week on a cautious footing as the FBM KLCI lost more than five points on profit taking of Kuala Lumpur Kepong, Public Bank and Maybank, extending the index’s decline from last Friday.- Stocks picks
At 9.48am, the KLCI was down 5.03 points or 0.03% to 1,667.47. Turnover was 506.89 million shares valued at RM158.05mil. There were 155 gainers, 274 losers and 276 counters unchanged.
Hong Leong Investment Bank (HLIB) Research said based on the recent strong rebound from the 1,615 level two weeks back, “we may expect further consolidation on the back of extended profit taking activities as the KLCI has hit the resistance around the 1,680-1,690 levels”.
Nevertheless, trading interest should be seen within the oil and gas sector if crude oil can rebound higher towards US$60 per barrel mark.
The ringgit fell 0.09% against the US dollar to 4.4640 from the previous close of 4.4600. But year-to-date, it is up 0.46%.
Meanwhile, oil prices inched up on Monday, supported by a weaker dollar and expectations that OPEC and other producers will cut output as part of a deal to curb global oversupply.
Brent crude futures, the international benchmark for oil prices, were trading at US$55.55 per barrel at 0035 GMT, up 10 cents from their last close. US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures were up 9 cents at US$52.46 a barrel. – Stocks picks
At Bursa Malaysia, KL Kepong fell 18 sen to RM24.02 with 5,900 shares done.
Only World group was down 11sennto RM2.18 with 1.04 million shares done, but off the early low of RM2.12 after it announced that 14 outlets in First World Hotel, Genting Highlands would be temporarily closed from Feb 12.
Public Bank fell 12 sen to RM19.96 and Maybank shed eight sen to RM8.24.
BAT added 50 sen to RM45.30, Apex Healthcare 19 sen higher at RM4.79 and Aeon Cfedit 10 sen to RM15.26 while MSM rose eight sen to RM4.90.
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