KUALA LUMPUR: Bursa Malaysia ended the morning session lower across-the-board today, in line with regional peers, dragged down by selling in blue-chips and small-capitalised stocks, led by Maybank and Maxis.

At lunch break, the FTSE Bursa Malaysia KLCI (FBM KLCI) settled at 1,769.17, down 8.6 points from yesterday's close of 1,777.77.

The barometer index moved between 1,768.09 and 1,775.34 throughout the session.

On the broader market, losers overwhelmed gainers 835 to 84 with 236 counters unchanged, 686 untraded and 18 others suspended.

Turnover stood at 933.04 million shares worth RM796.67 million.

Maybank fell nine sen to RM9.69 and Maxis lost eight sen to RM5.70.

The losses in both stocks dragged the composite index down by a combination of 2.691 points.

Regionally, Singapore's Straits Times dipped 1.05 per cent to 3,288.39, Hong Kong's Hang Seng saNK 1.89 per cent to 26,926.38, Japan's Nikkei 225 slipped 0.05 per cent to 19,729.74 and South Korea's Kospi dropped 1.63 per cent to 2,321.07.

A dealer said the global equity market sentiment was bearish due to the rising tension over geopolitical issue between the US and North Korea.

Among heavyweights, Tenaga and Public Bank eased two sen each to RM14.20 and RM20.58 respectively, Sime Darby slipped one sen to RM9.41, CIMB shed three sen to RM6.75 and Petronas Chemicals fell four sen to RM6.99.

Of the actives, Dagang Nexchange declined two sen to 45.5 sen while both Frontken and Jag slipped one sen each to 31.5 and 13.5 sen respectively.

The FBM Emas Index fell 96.84 points to 12,508.59, FBMT 100 Index lost 85.81 points to 12,183.51, FBM Ace eased 125.02 points to 6,307.26, FBM Emas Shariah Index 102.33 points lower to 12,627.86 and the FBM 70 fell 203.91 points to 14,673.95.

Sector-wise, the Finance Index gave up 108.21 points to 16,721.9, Industrial Index eased 18.77 points to 3,229.74 and the Plantation Index decreased 18.95 points to 7,811.01.

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