KUALA LUMPUR (Jan 10): The FBM KLCI closed up 11.05 points or 0.66% after a late spike in Maxis Bhd and Tenaga Nasional Bhd share prices led to the KLCI's sharp rise in the final trading minutes.
At 5pm, the KLCI closed at 1,678.88. Maxis closed up 18 sen or 3.3% at RM5.64 while Tenaga rose 20 sen or 1.46% to RM13.86.
On the KLCI, Public Investment Bank Bhd analyst Lee Siao Ping said: “The buying interest is there, but the selling interest is equivalent. A bullish trend can only be confirmed if the KLCI breaks the 1,700 barrier next week.”
Across Bursa Malaysia today, 3.45 billion shares worth RM2.66 billion exchanged hands. Top gainers included Nestle (M) Bhd, Petronas Gas Bhd and MISC Bhd.
In currency markets, the ringgit strengthened to 4.099 against the US dollar at the time of writing. The exchange rate reached 4.0935 earlier today.
Bloomberg reported that the ringgit rose to the highest in more than four months after WTI crude entered a bull market and the dollar faltered again.
Reuters reported that Asian shares edged up on Thursday on a weaker dollar and hopes of more economic stimulus in China, but many stocks see-sawed as markets awaited some details on this week's US-China trade talks amid hopes an all-out trade war can be averted.