KLCI falls 1.21%, tracking regional losses on virus woes

KLCI falls 1.21%, tracking regional losses on virus woes
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KUALA LUMPUR (July 30): The FBM KLCI slipped to below the key support level of 1,500 today, in line with weaker regional markets which were dragged down by Covid-19 worries.

The benchmark index ended 18.33 points or 1.21% lower at its intra-day low of 1,494.6.

Malacca Securities Sdn Bhd senior analyst Kenneth Leong said the market weakness was in tandem with regional peers.

“Local political uncertainty also dampened sentiment as foreign funds have been selling local equities in the past five days,” he told theedgemarkets.com.

Leong expects the weakness to continue next week in the absence of fresh catalysts.

Overall market breadth was negative with 665 counters ending the day in the red, versus 300 gainers and 407 that were unchanged.

A total of 4.12 billion securities were traded at a value of RM2.72 billion, compared with 4.48 billion securities worth RM2.86 billion yesterday.

Heavyweights that dragged the KLCI down included Sime Darby Plantation Bhd (down 23 sen or 6.34% to RM3.40), Petronas Gas Bhd (down 40 sen or 2.56% to RM15.24) and CIMB Group Holdings Bhd (down 10 sen or 2.2% to RM4.45).

Among the top losers were Kuala Lumpur Kepong Bhd (down 74 sen or 3.84% to RM18.52), Petronas Gas, and Dutch Lady Milk Industries Bhd (down 32 sen or 0.96% to RM33.1).

The top gainers were Genetec Technology Bhd (up RM3.18 or 16.19% to RM22.82), SAM Engineering & Equipment (M) Bhd (up RM2.48 or 29.81% to RM10.80), and Malaysian Pacific Industries Bhd (up RM1.68 or 3.92% to RM44.50).

Kanger International Bhd, which saw 139.61 million shares traded, was the most actively traded stock.

Asian shares slid today, extending their biggest monthly drop on lingering investor concern over regulatory crackdowns in China on the education, property and tech sectors and a resurgence in Covid-19 cases in the country, Reuters reported.

The Shanghai Composite Index ended 0.42% lower at 3,397.36, and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index fell 1.35% to 25,961.03.

Japan’s Nikkei 225 fell 1.8% to 27,283.59, its biggest decline since June 21 and the lowest close since Jan 6. South Korea’s Kospi, meanwhile, tumbled 1.24% to 3,202.32, its sharpest daily fall in more than two months.

S Kanagaraju