The FBM KLCI earned 0.53 point to 1,646.11 after opening 0.86 point lower at 1,644.72.
A dealer said heavyweight stocks like Sime Darby gained due to positive financial results posted recently.
As for global sentiments, he said, investors were cautiously awaiting the outcome of a meeting of central bankers and economists today.
“Investors are waiting to see if there will be more moves to stimulate the sluggish US economy,” he said.
The Finance Index fell 26.84 points to 14,745.68, the Plantation Index shed 3.2 points to 8,606.59 and the Industrial Index lost 7.02 points to 2,871.39. The FBM Emas Index lost 8.45 points to 11,229.54, the FBM 70 Index slid 5.09 points to 12,252.53 and the FBM ACE Index dipped 43.32 points to 4,591.63. Market will be closed tomorrow for the National Day celebrations.
Losers led gainers 455 to 279, 336 counters were flat, 562 untraded and 33 suspended.
Of the actives, Pasukhas jumped 9.5 sen to 70 sen, Asia Bioenergy earned 0.5 sen to nine sen, while Ingenuity Solutions lost 2.5 sen to 37 sen and Nextnation eased 0.5 sen to 13.5 sen.
Of the heavyweights, Maybank was flat at RM9.15, Sime Darby rose one sen to RM9.81, Maxis added five sen to RM7.04 but CIMB shed four sen to RM7.79.
Meanwhile, FBM KLCI futures closed mixed in tandem with the uncertain cash market, dealers said.
August 2012 added one point to 1,647.5, September 2012 shed one point to 1,645, December 2012 eased two points to 1,641.5 while March 2013 was flat at 1,638.
Turnover fell to 11,751 lots from 26,477 lots while open interest slipped to 50,498 contracts from 66,019 previously. Bernama