Stocks on Bursa Malaysia closed higher yesterday amid fresh signs of global economic recovery, boosted by investors' appetite for riskier asset, and fund managers' renewed interest in finance counters after a recent sell down provided support to the key index. The benchmark FBM KLCI touched a high of 1,502.53 before ending at 1,485.26, a 0.89% or 13.16 point increase over Wednesday's close. The index had opened higher by 14.82 points at 1,486.92 and had hit a low of 1,484.42. Gainers led losers by 514 to 279 while 309 counters were unchanged. A total of 1.66 billion shares worth RM1.79 billion changed hands compared with 1.53 billion shares worth RM2.02 billion on Wednesday.