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KUALA LUMPUR: Bursa Malaysia opened lower Friday on lack of catalyst in line with the overnight decline of US shares, a dealer said.

At 9.59am, the benchmark FTSE Bursa Malaysia KLCI (FBM KLCI) was 15.49 points down at 1,679.15, after opening 2.31 points easier at 1,692.33.

A dealer told Bernama that US employment data, due later today, may shed some light on whether the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates in September.

On the scoreboard, the FBM Emas Index fell 47.53 points to 11,630.42, the FBMT100 Index slipped 46.28 points to 11,316.5 and the FBM Emas Syariah Index eased 65.59 points to 12,068.98. The FBM 70 was down 53.62 points to 12,509.69 and the FBM Ace depreciated 33.58 points to 6,070.28. On a sectoral basis, the Plantation Index eased 17.29 points to 7,241.52 and the Finance Index declined 50 points to 15,245.62. However, the Industrial Index garnered 6.8 points for 3,232.86. Decliners led gainers 264 to 62, while 160 counters remained unchanged, 1,313 untraded and 20 others were suspended.

Turnover stood at 599.46 million shares worth RM326.03 million.

Among actives, The Media Shoppe was up 1.5 sen to 12.5 sen, RCE Capital rose 5.5 sen to 39.5 sen and iDimension was half-a-sen higher at 15 sen.

Meanwhile Xinghe was down half-a-sen to 6.5 sen and Netx Holdings was flat at 4.5 sen.

For heavyweights, Maybank slid three sen to RM9.04, Axiata declined 10 sen to RM6.04, Public Bank rose two sen to RM19.02 but both TNB and Sime Darby were flat at RM11.38 and RM8.57, respectively.--BERNAMA

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