Stocks on Bursa Malaysia bucked regional trends to close higher yesterday lifted by gains in selected plantation heavyweight counters, as well as Petronas Chemicals and Tenaga Nasional Berhad. The local stock market remained resilient despite the weaker regional markets which drifted after weak US retail sales figures suggested the world’s largest economy is struggling to maintain growth momentum. At close, the benchmark FBM KLCI rose 4.53 points or 0.25% to 1,807.55, after hovering between 1,803.63 and 1,807.9 throughout the day. Gainers led losers 411 to 355, with 359 counters unchanged. Total volume declined to 1.57 billion units worth RM1.79 billion from Wednesday’s 1.68 billion units worth RM2 billion.