Stocks on Bursa Malaysia closed on a firmer note yesterday, in tandem with the rebound in share prices on most regional markets. The local bourse received a boost after China's shares rebounded and on anticipated hopes that Slovakia would enact a Euro-zone rescue fund by the end of this week. The local equity market was buoyed by the sentiment of optimism in the region, including China's move to buy bank shares. A bullish anticipation that the general elections will be soon, also contributed to the market's performance yesterday. The benchmark FBM KLCI rose 16.85 points or 1.19% to close at 1,428.5, after opening 2.75 points better at 1,414.4. Gainers thumped losers by 558 to 177 while 272 counters were unchanged. Turnover improved to 1.08 billion shares worth RM1.30 billion from the 1.06 billion shares worth RM1.38 billion on Tuesday.