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KUALA LUMPUR: Bursa Malaysia opened lower Thursday on lack of interest in local stocks and selling in selected heavyweights, a dealer said. At 9.17am, the benchmark FTSE Bursa Malaysia KLCI (FBM KLCI) was 4.7 points down at 1,720.86, after opening 4.71 points easier at 1,720.85.

For heavyweights, Maybank slid one sen to RM9.18, Public Bank declined two sen to RM19.12, TNB slipped six sen each to RM11.72 and Sime Darby was four sen easier at RM8.75.

However, Axiata gained one sen to RM6.44.

On the scoreboard, the FBM Emas Index fell 23.47 points to 11,859.38, the FBMT100 Index slid 24.63 points to 11,541.48 and the FBM Emas Syariah Index eased 33.11 points to 12,345.72.

The FBM 70 was down 1.59 points to 12,771.62. However, the FBM Ace was up 1.07 points to 6,216.55.

On a sectoral basis, the Plantation Index eased 25.25 points to 7,357.28, the Finance Index declined 2.54 points to 15,423.47 and the Industrial Index lost 3.79 points for 3,281.43.

Decliners led gainers 145 to 127, while 180 counters remained unchanged, 1,347 untraded and 14 others suspended.

Turnover stood at 177.39 million shares worth RM58.98 million.

Among actives, APFT was up half-a-sen to 23 sen, China Automobile increased one sen to 31.5 sen, IFCA perked 1.5 sen to 86.5 sen, while The Media Shoppe declined one sen to six sen.--BERNAMA

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