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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Property laggards take centre stage

KUALA LUMPUR: Property counters climbed in active trade on Wednesday, spurred by news of impending “material” corporate exercises to be announced by UEM Land Holdings Bhd and Sunrise Bhd.

The two property firms - UEM Land and Sunrise - were suspended at the opening bell following separate requests made to the exchange. No other details were made available as at 5pm.

At the close, the FTSE Bursa Malaysia KL Composite Index inched up 1.03 points, or 0.07% to 1,507.60 points.

Market breadth was positive, with 503 gainers leading 280 decliners, while 307 counters were unchanged. Volume was 1.325 billion shares billion shares worth RM1.436bil.

Smaller property laggard were in the limelight. UM Land Bhd advanced 22 sen, or 13% to RM1.89, Glomac up 8 sen, or 4.9% to RM1.71, while MK Land added 1.5 sen, or 4% to 39.5 sen.

Shares companies linked to Perak state government - Maju Perak Bhd and Perak Corp Bhd - were up sharply in heavy volume.

Maju Perak soared 19.5 sen, or 45% higher at 63 sen on volume of 18.3 million shares, while Perak Corp surged 42 sen, or 36% to RM1.58 on volume of 6.59 million shares.

Shares in Pasdec and Mentiga, both linked to Pahang state government also had a good run. Pasdec jumped 12 sen, or 30% to 52.5 sen, while Mentiga climbed 13.5 sen, or 20% to 82 sen.

In overseas markets, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng rose 2% to 24,144 points, Korea’s main index was up 0.9% to 1,935 points, while in Singapore the Straits Times rose 0.7% to 3,227 points.

By The Star

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