Market Commentary and Intraday News
Malaysia Stock Market May Extend Gains
279 days ago
(RTTNews) - The Malaysia stock market on Thursday wrote a finish to the three-day losing streak in which it had fallen almost a dozen points or 0.7 percent. The Kuala Lumpur Composite Index closed just below the 1,630-point plateau, and now analysts are forecasting additional support at the opening of trade on Friday.
The global forecast for the Asian markets is broadly positive, following the long-awaited announcement of further stimulus from the Federal Reserve. The Fed announced a plan to increase policy accommodation by purchasing additional agency mortgage-backed securities at a pace of $40 billion per month. The European markets were mixed ahead of the Fed's announcement and the U.S. bourses were sharply higher - and the Asian markets are expected to follow the latter lead.
The KLCI finished sharply higher on Thursday following gains from the financial shares, industrial issues and plantation stocks.
For the day, the index jumped 14.62 points or 0.91 percent to finish at 1,628.40 after trading between 1,612.62 and 1,628.57. Volume was 1.02 billion shares worth 1.62 billion ringgit. There were 417 gainers and 301 decliners, with 342 stocks finishing unchanged.
Among the gainers, Tenaga Nasional surged 3.51 percent, while CIMB Group spiked 2.43 percent, Maybank jumped 1.20 percent, Hong Leong Bank collected 1.84 percent, IOI Corporation climbed 2.00 percent, Sime Darby added 0.62 percent and Maxis gathered 0.45 percent.
The lead from Wall Street is upbeat as stocks moved substantially higher on Thursday in a positive reaction to the Federal Reserve's highly anticipated monetary policy announcement - in which it said it plans to increase policy accommodation by purchasing additional agency mortgage-backed securities at a pace of $40 billion per month.
The Fed also announced the continuation of its "Operation Twist" program, saying that the actions taken together will increase the central bank's holdings of longer-term securities by about $85 billion each month through the end of the year.
Looking ahead, the Fed said it would continue its purchases of mortgage-backed securities until the outlook for the labor market improves substantially. The central bank also left interest rates at near-zero levels and said exceptionally low rates are likely to be warranted at least through mid-2015.
With the focus on the Fed, traders largely shrugged off a report from the Labor Department showing a bigger than expected increase in weekly jobless claims. A separate report from the Labor Department showed that a substantial rebound in energy prices contributed to a bigger than expected increase in producer prices in the month of August.
The major U.S. averages were sharply higher on Thursday as the Dow jumped 206.51 points or 1.6 percent to finish at 13,539.86, while the NASDAQ surged 41.52 points or 1.3 percent to end at 3,155.83 and the S&P 500 soared 23.43 points or 1.6 percent to close at 1,459.99. With the strong gains on the day, the Dow and the S&P 500 reached their best closing levels in well over four years, while the NASDAQ reached a nearly twelve-year closing high.
For comments and feedback: contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Copyright(c) 2012 RTTNews.com. All Rights Reserved