Kuala Lumpur: Bursa Malaysia continued its slide by opened its share prices lower on Wednesday with the FTSE Bursa Malaysia Kuala Lumpur Composite Index down 6.49 points to 1,787.98 at 9.01am. The trading volume was 115.48 million shares valued at RM53.74mil. There were 117 gainers versus 78 decliners and 179 counters unchanged.
The consistency in share slide as global markets traded mixed ahead of decisions made at a two-day US Federal Reserve meeting set to end on Wednesday. Traders are broadly expecting the Fed to raise interest rates for the third time this year at the climax of the meeting in another round of tightening.
Pestech International Bhd, move higher 8 sen to RM1.53 as the group finally secured the Gemas-JB double track electrification project worth RM399mil. Other gainers included Scientex Berhad, which rose 14 sen to RM8.75 and UMW, pushing six sen higher to RM5.12.
On the losing end, Lotte Chemicals Titan shed 6 sen to RM5.01. Plantations were also seen to weigh with Sime Darby Plantation losing 5 sen to RM5.25 and IJM Plantation slide 3 sen to RM2.43.
The ringgit was almost unchanged against the US dollar in early trade Wednesday. At 9 am, the local currency stood at 4.1350/1400 against 4.1350/1390 recorded on the previous day.
The ringgit traded mixed versus other major currencies.
1. It rose against the Yen to 3.6609/6657 from 3.6638/6677 on Tuesday and strengthened against the Euro to 4.8628/8691 from 4.8644/8699.
2. It depreciated against the Singapore Dollar to 3.0280/0321 from yesterday’s 3.0273/0309 and weakened against the British Pound to 5.4479/4561 from 5.4400/4465.
The Brent oil fringe further away from a four-year high on Wednesday down 43 cents at US$81.44 a barrel. Earlier on Tuesday, Brent hit its highest since November 2014 at US$82.55 a barrel.
The US crude futures were down 40 cents at US$71.88 a barrel. The US said it would ensure crude markets are well supplied before the penalties are re-imposed on Iran.