FBM KLCI snaps four-day losing streak as region rallies

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KUALA LUMPUR (June 29): The FBM KLCI staged a technical rebound today to snap a four-day losing streak, finishing 25.82 points or 1.55% higher at 1,691.50 points, in tandem with the regional markets.

Though it opened lower at 1,665.04 points this morning, the benchmark index rose steadily to briefly touch its intra-day peak of 1,701.65 points by noon break. At 5pm, the benchmark index pared some gains to settle below the 1,700 level.

Areca Capital Sdn Bhd chief executive officer Danny Wong Teck Meng told theedgemarkets.com when contacted that the surge today appears to be a technical rebound, after a period of downturn in the past two weeks impacted by external factors, especially the US-China trade spat.

Excluding a marginal 0.1% gain it eked out on June 22, the FBM KLCI had been on a declining trend for the past 13 trading days.

"The fundamentals of the Malaysian equity market is still intact," he said. "It is also because today is the last trading session of the first half — or second quarter — of the year, which may have prompted some window-dressing activities," he added.

Across the local bourse, market breadth was positive, with gainers leading decliners at 474 versus 345, while 416 counters closed unchanged. Trading volume stood at 2.23 billion shares worth RM2.98 billion.

Top active stocks were oil and gas related, namely Barakah Offshore Petroleum Bhd, Sapura Energy Bhd and Icon Offshore Bhd, which were supported by new contract wins and a surge in oil prices to multi-year highs.

Bourses closed higher elsewhere in the region, with Japan's Nikkei 225 gaining 0.15% and South Korea's Kospi rising 0.51%. In China, the Shanghai Stock Exchange Composite Index and Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index were up 2.17% and 1.61% respectively.

The recovery in Asian stocks on Friday came after China eased foreign investment limits and provided investors a temporary respite to trade war fears, Reuters reported. Beijing yesterday formalised the easing of the limits on a range of industries, from banking to agriculture, including removing caps on ownership of banks, brokerages, and insurance companies.