FBM KLCI lower in tandem with Asian share markets

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KUALA LUMPUR (Oct 3): The FBM KLCI closed down 1.85 points or 0.1% in tandem with the fall in Asian share markets.

At 5pm, the KLCI closed at 1,796.3 points. Across Asia, Japan’s Nikkei 225 declined 0.66% while Hong Kong’s Hang Seng was down 0.13%.

“The FBM KLCI closed down slightly today from yesterday's closing price in tandem with the negative performance of regional peers,” Malacca Securities Sdn Bhd senior analyst Kenneth Leong told theedgemarkets.com.

Reuters reported that Asian shares slipped on Wednesday as oil prices near four-year highs at above US$85 a barrel threatened to roil emerging economies, while the euro rebounded from six-week lows on reports Italy will reduce its Budget deficit more quickly than expected.

It was reported that the Indian rupee opened at a record low on Wednesday and further weakening of Indonesia's embattled rupiah prompted central bank intervention as an overnight spike in oil prices weighed heavily on the currencies. The rupee and the rupiah are highly exposed to fluctuations in oil prices, because Indonesia and India import most of their oil requirements.