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Sri Lankan shares fall to 4-mth closing low; blue chips drag


August 16, 2017

COLOMBO, Aug 16 (Reuters) – Sri Lankan shares fell for a fourth consecutive session on Wednesday, posting their lowest close in four months, as local investor sentiment remained muted following a string of disappointing June-quarter corporate results.

However, the decline was limited as foreign investors bought into equities.

The Colombo stock index fell 0.36 percent, or 23.50 points, to 6,417.41, its lowest close since April 18.

It declined in 13 of the last 14 sessions, while yields on short-term government securities also fell over the past two weeks.

“The market came down on blue chips. The main reason for the market to come down is the poor quarterly earnings,” said Atchuthan Srirangan, a senior research analyst at First Capital Holdings PLC.

Foreign investors bought shares worth a net 98.3 million rupees (about $641,854) on Wednesday, extending the year-to-date net inflow to 27.6 billion rupees.

Turnover was 780.3 million rupees, less than this year’s daily average of around 875.3 million rupees.

Shares of market heavyweight John Keells Holdings fell 0.5 percent, Carson Cumberbatch Plc dropped 3.2 percent, Melstacorp Plc ended 0.8 percent weaker and Ceylon Cold Stores declined 0.8 percent.

Pan Asia Banking Corp (PABC), which had its primary dealer status suspended by the central bank on Tuesday for six months, fell 2.4 percent. ($1 = 153.1500 Sri Lankan rupees) (Reporting by Ranga Sirilal and Shihar Aneez; Editing by Subhranshu Sahu)

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.<