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Tech index up the most after S&P 500 rode Microsoft, Amazon to record close above 4,000 for first time

Tech index up the most after S&P 500 rode Microsoft, Amazon to record close above 4,000 for first time
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KUALA LUMPUR (April 2): Bursa Malaysia’s Technology Index rose the most in percentage terms among exchange gauges so far today after the S&P 500 surged on Thursday to its first-ever close above the 4,000 mark, lifted by gains in Microsoft, Amazon and Alphabet, as well as optimism about a recovering US economy.

At Bursa’s 12:30pm break today, Bursa’s Technology index, which tracks share prices of companies including semiconductor manufacturers rose 1.59 points or 1.86% to 86.91.

Notable movers among the Technology Index’s constituents include KESM Industries Bhd, Malaysian Pacific Industries Bhd (MPI), ViTrox Corp Bhd and Datasonic Group Bhd.

Share prices of KESM, MPI and ViTrox rose among Bursa top gainers while Datasonic settled up among top-active stocks.

KESM rose 78 sen or 6.54% to RM12.70, MPI climbed 78 sen or 1.99% to RM40 while ViTrox added 44 sen or 2.81% to RM16.12.

Datasonic share and warrant prices rose in active trade. Datasonic's share price settled up 3.5 sen or 6.25% at 59.5 sen with some 78 million units traded.

The company’s 2018/2023 warrants settled up 0.5 sen or 2.17% at 23.5 sen with about 36 million units transacted.

Overnight across US markets, it was reported that Microsoft, Amazon, Alphabet and Nvidia jumped 2% or more, with those and other growth stocks showing signs of awakening after lagging in recent weeks behind so-called value stocks expected to outperform as the economy recovers from the coronavirus pandemic. 

It was reported that Google-parent Alphabet's 3.3% rally left it at its highest close ever.

"With its latest record, the S&P 500 was up about 7% in 2021, and it has gained 80% from its low in March 2020,” Reuters reported.

"We’re still bullish for this year, and we think that with stimulus, with the Fed committed to being dovish, with the economy reopening due to more of the US getting vaccinated, overall you're going see corporate earnings do pretty well," King Lip, chief investment strategist at Baker Avenue Asset Management in San Francisco, was quoted as saying.

Chong Jin Hun