KUALA LUMPUR: KLSE share prices opened higher on Friday with the FTSE Bursa Malaysia Kuala Lumpur Composite Index up 8.06 points to 1,811.76 at 9.01am. Trading volume was 42.48 million lots worth RM22.38 million. Gainers exceeded decliners 376 to 310 with 350 counters unchanged.
Bursa Malaysia extended its gains in a broad-based rally as confidence grew that countermeasures to protect the impact of the trade war would counterbalance the pessimism.
Regional markets were on the rise on Friday with Japan’s Nikkei, Shanghai Composite Index and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng rising nearly 1% each. South Korea’s Kospi was up 0.4%.
Genting Malaysia rose for a second straight session by 11 sen to RM5. There were only two decliners on the 30-stock index, comprising Genting shedding three sen to RM7.95 and IOI losing one sen to RM4.58.
Lion Industries was actively traded for a third successive session by 6.5 sen to 98.5 sen. My EG also picked up three sen to RM1.79. The stock has chalked up a 160% increase in share price since it bottomed out at 68.5 sen on June 4.
Banks continued their rally with Maybank adding one sen to RM9.80, Public Bank rising two sen to RM25.04, CIMB gaining one sen to RM6.15 and Hong Leong Bank lifting four sen to RM20.84.
The ringgit strengthened 0.2% against the greenback at 4.1298. It slides 0.4% against the pound sterling at 5.4807 and 0.16% against the Singapore dollar at 3.0279.
Oil market prices were mixed following US President Donald Trump’s call on Opec to lower prices. US crude fell nine cents to US$70.23 a barrel while Brent crude rose seven cents to US$78.77 a barrel.