Malaysian Stocks: Goldis, Hong Leong, Insas, Kurnia, SapuraCrest
The FTSE Bursa Malaysia KLCI Index fell 2.27 points, or 0.2 percent, to 1,463.12.
Goldis Bhd. (GOLD) , an investment company with interests in property and water treatment, surged 5 percent to 1.88 ringgit, its highest close since April 18. The company declared an interim dividend of 10 sen per share after third-quarter net income jumped 21-fold to 237.4 million ringgit ($74.5 million), according to an exchange filing.
Hong Leong Bank Bhd. (HLBK) , a lender, rose 1.3 percent to 10.68 ringgit, its biggest gain since Dec. 1. The stock was newly rated a “buy” with a price target of 13.20 ringgit at Goldman Sachs Group Inc.
Insas Bhd. (INS) , a finance, trading and property group, rose 1.1 percent to 47 sen, its highest close since Dec. 8. Insas will distribute one-for-50 shares as a dividend, according to an exchange filing.
Kurnia Asia Bhd. (KUAB) , an insurer, climbed 4.8 percent to 54.5 sen, its highest close since Aug. 3. The company may sell its stake in a unit to Insurance Australia Group Ltd., the Star newspaper reported today. Kurnia Asia will make an announcement when required, said an official, who couldn’t be named because of company policy.
SapuraCrest Petroleum Bhd. (SCRES) , an oilfield services provider, rose 2.1 percent to 4.41 ringgit. Its shareholders approved an 11.9 billion-ringgit merger with Kencana Petroleum Bhd. (KEPB) , Shahril Shamsuddin, executive vice chairman at SapuraCrest, told reporters today. Kencana advanced 1.5 percent.
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