Bursa Malaysia falls in early session

At 9.05am, the FBM KLCI weakened by 7.53 points to 1,483.98

BURSA Malaysia reversed from two consecutive days of gains to open lower today as sentiments turned cautious ahead of the upcoming announcement on the new Cabinet line-up.

At 9.05am, the benchmark FTSE Bursa Malaysia KLCI (FBM KLCI) weakened by 7.53 points to 1,483.98 from yesterday’s closing of 1,491.51.

The market bellwether opened 2.15 points better at 1,489.36.

There were 122 gainers and 169 losers on the broader market, while 274 counters were unchanged, 1,668 untraded and 14 others suspended.

Turnover stood at 150.82 million units worth RM572.58 million.

In a research note today, Rakuten Trade Sdn Bhd said it expects the FBM KLCI index to hover within the 1,485-1,500 range today.

As for the financial market, it said local importers, especially the consumer and industrial products-related companies, will benefit from the ringgit strengthening to an almost six-month high against the US dollar at RM4.40/US$1 (RM4.39) in view of the less aggressive rate hike by the US Federal Reserve. 

Meanwhile, in a separate note, RHB Research said although the domestic political risk post-15th General Election has somewhat abated, investors continue to await the formation of the new Cabinet and the re-tabling of Budget 2023.

“The new unity government needs to prove its ability to work together. We think subsidy and fiscal reforms will be the acid test.

“The presence of the Borneo bloc in the new administration will be positive for infrastructure programmes in East Malaysia, and we believe that on balance, there are now reasons to be less pessimistic,” it said.

Nonetheless, the research house said investors should still approach 2023 with caution but urged them to start looking for opportunities to build positions in the medium term and buy on weaknesses.

“Another spike in markets should invite some short-term profit-taking, but investors should re-focus on fundamentals with a preference for large-cap value stocks,” it said.

Meanwhile, among the heavyweights, Malayan Banking Bhd fell two sen to RM8.60, Public Bank Bhd deducted six sen to RM4.41, Petronas Chemicals Group Bhd eased five sen to RM8.62, CIMB Group Holdings Bhd decreased 12 sen to RM5.63 and Tenaga Nasional Bhd shed 13 sen to RM9.37.

Of the actives, Advance Synergy Bhd and UEM Sunrise Bhd rose one sen each to 18.5 sen and 29 sen, respectively, and Infomina Bhd gained two sen to 84 sen, while Progressive Impact Corp and Velesto Energy Bhd were flat at 20.5 sen and 15 sen, respectively.

On the index board, the FBM Emas Index decreased 43.46 points to 10,651.01, the FBM T100 Index fell 45.34 points to 10,359.9, the FBM Emas Shariah Index went down 28.49 points to 10,874.77, the FBM 70 erased 28.28 points to 13,024.99 and the FBM ACE trimmed 19.22 points to 5,271.75.

Sector-wise, the Financial Services Index slipped 103.8 points to 16,463.06, the Industrial Products and Services Index inched down 0.36 of-a-point to 182.88, and the Energy Index eased 0.25 of-a-point to 785.06, while the Plantation Index gained 21.36 points to 6,842.65. — Bernama