KLCI extends losses; Tenaga down

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KUALA LUMPUR (Nov 30): The FBM KLCI fell 10.43 points or 0.62% amid an extended selloff in Chinese stocks.

At 5pm, the KLCI closed at 1,672.16 points. Last Friday, the KLCI fell 0.5 point to 1,682.59.

Today, the decline in Tenaga Nasional Bhd shares weigh down the KLCI.

Tenaga, the fifth-largest decliner across Bursa Malaysia, fell 24 sen or 2% to RM13.36 with some 29 million shares done.

Shares of state-owned utility Tenaga fell after it said it was appealing against the Inland Revenue Board's RM2.07 billion additional tax notices.

In China, Reuters reported that China stocks ended flat after a highly volatile session, with major indexes swinging wildly in and out of negative territory following Friday's more than 5% slump.

The CSI300 index of the largest listed companies in Shanghai and Shenzhen rose 0.3%, to 3,566.41 points, while the Shanghai Composite Index also gained 0.3%, to 3,445.40 points.

In Malaysia, Inter-Pacific Research Sdn Bhd head of research Pong Teng Siew told theedgemarkets.com "the market's down trend is just a continuation from last week".

Pong said investors were still mindful of several factors. These included low crude oil prices, China's slowing economic growth and likelihood of the US raising its interest rate this month.

"Some of the factors, such as the Fed's rate hike decision will persist, and as it draws nearer, it would take a bigger toll on Asian markets," Pong said.

Bursa Malaysia saw 679 decliners and 270 gainers while 281 counters traded unchanged. Volume was 2.51 billion shares valued at RM3.79 billion.

Panasonic Manufacturing Malaysia Bhd was the top gainer while British American Tobacco (M) Bhd led decliners.

The most-actively traded stock was Borneo Oil Bhd.

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