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Sri Lankan shares end marginally higher; block deals boost turnover


SEPTEMBER 12, 2017

COLOMBO, Sept 12 (Reuters) – Sri Lankan shares ended with modest gains on Tuesday as local investors picked up beverage and trading shares, while block deals boosted the turnover to more than a two-month high.

The Colombo stock index ended 0.08 percent firmer at 6,377.38.

The Colombo stock index fell 0.2 percent last week, its eighth straight weekly drop.

Top mobile phone operator Dialog Axiata after market hours said that it acquired 80.34 percent of Colombo Trust Finance for 1.072 billion rupees ($7 million).

Turnover was 2.03 billion rupees ($13.29 million), the highest since June 23 and well above this year’s daily average of around 863.5 million rupees.

“It was a good day and even as the market ended nearly flat, there were a lot of crossings,” said Dimantha Mathew, head of research, First Capital Holdings.

“The good sign is the buying interest from the local side that was lacking for a while was seen today even though the foreigners were net sellers.”

Shares in Dialog Axiata Plc rose 0.9 percent and conglomerate John Keells Holdings Plc ended 0.06 percent firmer.

Shares of Singer Sri Lanka Plc rose 18.2 percent while Ceylon Cold Stores Plc ended 3.2 percent firmer and Ceylon Tobacco Co Plc gained 1 percent.

Foreign investors net sold 155.6 million rupees worth of shares on Tuesday. But they have been net buyers of 27.7 billion rupees worth equities so far this year. ($1 = 152.8000 Sri Lankan rupees) (Reporting by Ranga Sirilal; Editing by Vyas Mohan)

The comments on this report are provided by the Capital Markets Research Unit of First Capital Holdings PLC an investment bank in Sri Lanka.

The company operates in the capital markets of Sri Lanka in government securities – treasury bills and bonds, stock brokering and share market investments, asset management, private wealth management,  retirement planning, personal financial planning, unit trust, margin trading, capital market research, trustee services, corporate finance advisory services including corporate debt structuring (debentures, trust certificates, commercial papers), valuations, restructuring, mergers and acquisitions, initial public offerings (IPOs) and project advisory. 

The First Capital Group consists of First Capital Treasuries PLC, First Capital Limited, First Capital Markets Limited, First Capital Asset Management Limited and First Capital Equities (Private) Limited covering Colombo, Negombo, Matara, Kandy and Kurunegala.<

First Capital is an investment bank offering services as Stock Brokers in Sri Lanka. The Company acts as a conduit between retail and institutional clients and the secondary market of the Colombo Stock Exchange. First Capital’s best-in-class research team provide a series of actionable trade recommendations, daily and periodic market commentaries and publications for Stock Brokers in Sri Lanka.