India, Nov. 18 -- The Malaysia stock market on Friday ended the two-day slide in which it had fallen more than 15 points or 1 percent. The Kuala Lumpur Composite Index now rests just shy of the 1,595-point plateau and it may extend its gains on Monday.

The global forecast for the Asian markets is firm on growing optimism for a resolution in the trade dispute between the United States and China. The European and U.S. markets were up on Friday and the Asian bourses are tipped to follow suit.

The KLCI finished slightly higher on Friday following mixed performances from the financial shares and plantation stocks.

For the day, the index added 1.20 points or 0.08 percent to finish at 1,594.75 after trading between 1,592.22 and 1,596.85. Volume...