KLCI closes 1% lower amid worries over pandemic and economy

KLCI closes 1% lower amid worries over pandemic and economy
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KUALA LUMPUR (June 30): The FBM KLCI closed by more than 1% today on investors’ concern about Malaysia’s daily Covid-19 figures and economic outlook.

The benchmark index closed 15.68 points or 1.01% lower at 1,532.63.

Twenty-five of the 30 index-linked counters finished in the red, led by Digi.Com Bhd (down 3.5% or 15 sen at RM4.13), Sime Darby Plantation Bhd (down 3.16% or 13 sen at RM3.98) and Top Glove Corp Bhd (down 3.02% or 13 sen at RM4.17).

The market breadth was negative with losers outnumbering gainers by 663 to 307, while 425 counters were unchanged.

Total volume stood at 4.65 billion shares worth RM2.67 billion.

Remisier Jeffry Azizi Jaafar said investor sentiment was dented by Finance Minister Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Abdul Aziz’s statement yesterday that the government's official gross domestic product (GDP) forecast of between 6% and 7.5% this year will need to be revised downwards.

Going forward, Jeffry said the KLCI’s downside risk remains amid slow vaccine rollout, continued high Covid-19 infection rates, and political risk.

The day’s top active counters included Serba Dinamik Holdings Bhd, Sedania Innovator Bhd, Kumpulan Jetson Bhd, Saudee Group Bhd, OCR Group Bhd, Hiap Teck Venture Bhd, Sapura Energy Bhd and Edaran Bhd.  

Notable gainers by value were Euro Holdings Bhd, Sedania Innovator, Kumpulan H&L High-Tech Bhd, Heineken (M) Bhd, Apollo Food Holdings Bhd, Edaran Bhd, Unisem (M) Bhd, LTKM Bhd, TIME dotCom Bhd, Carlsberg Brewery (M) Bhd and Dataprep Holdings Bhd.

Top losers by value included Genetec Technology Bhd, Petronas Dagangan Bhd, Dutch Lady Milk Industries Bhd, Aeon Credit Service (M) Bhd, Malaysian Pacific Industries Bhd, Panasonic Manufacturing Malaysia Bhd, Petronas Gas Bhd, Supermax Corp Bhd, Cheetah Holdings Bhd and IHH Healthcare Bhd.

CNBC reported that major Asian markets were mixed by the close today, with oil prices continuing to rise.

Japan's Nikkei 225 fell 0.07% while South Korea's Kospi advanced 0.3%. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index dropped 0.57% while the Shanghai Stock Exchange Composite Index rose 0.5%.

S Kanagaraju