KLCI hits nine-year low; Bursa politically-linked stocks up

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KUALA LUMPUR (March 2): The FBM KLCI slumped to its lowest since December 2011 after hitting an intraday low of 1,456.08 points this morning as trading resumes following the political shake-up over the weekend and investors remain concerned over the spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19) in Malaysia.

At 9:01am, the KLCI fell 17.88 points to 1,464.76 before droping 22.93 points to 1,459.71 at 9:05am.

"Given the more bearish technical signals flashed by trend and momentum indicators for the KLCI following last week's sharp selloff, further downward correction can be expected this week. 

"On the global front, increasing fears that a developing coronavirus pandemic may trigger a global economic recession should spillover to further dampen local market sentiment," TA Securities Holdings Bhd wrote in a note today.

Across Bursa Malaysia at 9:18am, 686.95 million shares worth RM419.75 million were traded. Most-active stocks including Thriven with some 18 milion shares transacted. Thriven rose 13.5 sen to 35.5 sen.

Property developer Thriven's annual report shows that Datuk Fakhri Yassin Mahiaddin owns an indirect 27.16% stake in the company via Ketapang Capital Sdn Bhd. 

Fakhri is Muhyiddin's son, according to news reports.