They said mild gains on finance and plantation counters also capped today's losses, keeping the key index in positive territory throughout the day.
At 5pm, the benchmark Kuala Lumpur Composite Index ended 2.22 points higher at 1,014.21. It had opened 5.43 points higher at 1,017.42 in the morning.
A dealer said the market started to slowly pull back at mid-day after the Health Ministry confirmed Malaysia's first influenza A(H1N1) case involving a student.
He said traders took a cautious stand amid the lack of fresh leads.
At close today, the Finance Index rose 34.81 points to 8,030.02, the Industrial Index gained 2.25 points to 2,245.21 and the Plantation Index added 11.05 points to 5,091.31.
The FBMEmas was 6.08 points higher at 6,764.00, the FBM30 went up by 39.12 points to 6,492.14, but the FBM2BRD dipped 128.79 points to 4,526.424 and the FBM-MDQ declined 91.32 points to 3,994.05.
Losers outnumbered gainers by 580 to 169 while 169 counters were unchanged, 317 untraded and 32 suspended.
Volume decreased to 2.066 billion shares worth RM1.697 billion from 2.692 billion shares valued at RM1.894 billion Thursday.
Among the active stocks, KNM slipped five sen t0 76.5 sen, TA-WB and Talam lost two sen each to four sen and 10.5 sen respectively and Iris went down 1.5 sen to 19.5 sen.
As for the heavyweights, Sime Darby went up five sen to RM6.60, Maybank gained two sen to RM5, while Tenaga and Bumiputra-Commerce each rose 15 sen to RM7.40 and RM9 respectively.
Volume on the Main Board decreased to 1.674 billion shares valued at RM1.605 billion from 2.058 billion shares valued at RM1.749 billion yesterday.
Turnover on the Second Board declined to 147.732 million units worth RM49.680 million versus 224.720 million units worth RM76.474 million previously.
Volume on the Mesdaq Market, dipped to 202.046 million shares valued at RM35.628 million from 369.693 million shares valued at RM61.822 million yesterday.
Warrants, however rose to 24.195 units worth RM4.360 million from 20.793 million units worth RM3.637 million.
On a sectoral basis, consumer products accounted for 54.068 million shares traded on the Main Board, industrial products 379.098 million, construction 111.344 million, trade/services 519.421 million, technology 39.986 million, infrastructure 36.403 million, finance 199.399 million, hotels 10.901 million, properties 292.596 million, plantations 27.693 million, mining 192,800, REITs 3.138 million, and closed/fund 73,800. - BERNAMA