Kuala Lumpur: Bursa Malaysia share prices opened lower on Monday with the FTSE Bursa Malaysia Kuala Lumpur Composite Index down 1.41 points to 1,809.23 at 9 am. The Investors on Bursa Malaysia diverted to profit-taking in this Monday morning session. The trading volume was 31.32 million lots worth RM12.08 million and there were 216 gainers versus 465 decliners and 300 counters unchanged.
The Bilateral trade talk programme between China and the US was canceled due to lack of positive leads to sustain the previous week’s rally.
Key markets Japan, China, and South Korea were closed on Monday due to Autumn festivals and holidays. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index, which remained open, shed 1.25%.
The Counters on the 30-stock index were mostly lower, led by Tenaga Nasional shedding 12 sen to RM15.56 and among other leading decliners, Sime Darby Plantation dropped nine sen to RM5.27, MAxis fell seven sen to RM5.81 and Digi shed five sen to RM4.79.
The IOI gaining from 2 sen to RM4.50 in rose stocks. Petronas Gas adding 12 sen to RM19.12 and Telekom Malaysia adding one sen to RM3.22.
Dutch Lady Milk Industry BHD added RM1.30 to RM65.40, VItrox rose eight sen to RM7.78 and BAT gained eight sen to RM33.24 at the border market and United Plantation rose 38 sen to RM27.50 on the deal of its accession of plantation land from Pinehill Pacific, which jumped 12 sen to 56 sen.
The ringgit was little changed against the US dollar at 4.1337. It rose 0.9% against the pound sterling at 5.4067 and 0.1% against the Singapore dollar at 3.0256.
The oil market jumped as Opec and Russia decided against lower oil prices ahead of US sanctions on Iran. WTI crude rose 81 cents to US$71.59 a barrel while Brent crude gained US$1.01 to US$79.81 a barrel.