KUALA LUMPUR: The FBM KLCI ended the morning on a flat note after investors were quick to take profit from an early morning rally.
At 12.30pm, the key index was up 0.08 points to 1,446 as traders awaited Bank Negara's interest rate hike announcement expected later tomorrow.
Over the broader market, there were 378 gainers compared with 320 decliners. Trading volume was 1.31 billion shares valued at RM802.61mil.
The domestic market is joining the wider global trend in maintaining cautioun ahead of the US Federal Reserve's own interest rate hike announcement, due out in the early hours of Thursday, Malaysian time.
in Japan, the Nikkei was down 0.1% to 27,638, South Korea's Kospi was flat at 2,334 and China's composite index rose 0.9% to 2,995 amid rumours of an economic reopening.,
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Hong Kong's Hang Seng jumped 1.7% to 15,724, tracking the optimism on the China mainland, while Australia's ASX200 was up 0.2% to 6,989.
Blue chip counters on the FBM KLCI were mixed with Press Metal leading gains. The aluminium producer rose five sen to RM4.39 while plantations plays Sime Darby Plantation gained one sen to RM4.34 and IOI added two sen to RM4.
Tenaga Nasional dropped seven sen to RM8.33, Hong Leong Bank slid 14 sen to RM20.74 and Nestle was seen falling 10 sen to RM132.40.
The oil and gas sector was lifted as Brent crude prices rose above the US$95 a barrel mark after three days of declines.
Hengyuan gained 59 sen to Rm4.88, Petron Malaysia rose 29 sen to RM4.87 and Coastal Contract climbed nine sen to RM2.13.
Among actives, Saudee rose 1.5 sen to 4.5 sen, Opcom gained 5.5 sen to 95.5 sen and Syscorp added 1.5 sen to 90.5 sen.
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