KUALA LUMPUR: The FBM KLCI bounced higher after a weak start as investors looked ahead to the release of the country's economic growth data tomorrow.
At 12.30pm, the key index was up 4.95 points to 1,451.14. However, the overall market breadth was negative with 435 decliners compared with 288 gainers.
Trading volume was 2.14 billion shares valued at RM735.36mil.
Regional equities were weaker on Thursday ahead of a US consumer inflation report, which will inform the US Federal Reserve's next decision on interest rate hikes. Analyst expectations are for a decline in both monthly and yearly core numbers for October.
In Japan, the Nikkei was down 1.1% to 27,410, South Korea's Kospi dropped 0.7% to 2,407, and China's composite index slid 0.5% to 3,032.,
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Hong Kong's Hang Seng was down 1.9% to 16,053 and Australia's ASX200 slipped 0.45% to 6,967.
On the Malaysian blue-chip index, Maybank rose two sen to RM8.65, Public Bank gained three sen to RM4.43, CIMB added four sen to RM5.48 and Hong Leong bank put on two sen to RM20.68.
Press Metal gained six sen to RM4.50, PETRONAS Chemicals climbed five sen to RM8.60 and Sime Darby Plantations added two sen to RM4.41.
Meanwhile, drinks manufacturers extended their rally on expectations of improved demand during the broadcast of the upcoming Fifa World Cup.
F&N added 60 sen to RM20.76, Carlsberg gained 50 sen to RM23.12 and Heineken Malaysia put on 24 sen to RM24.90.
Among actives, Advance Synergy added two sen to 13.5 sen, XOX put on one sen to 2.5 sen and Key Alliance edged 0.5 sen higher to 1.5 sen.