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Sri Lankan shares fall to two-week closing low; floods weigh


Mon May 29, 2017

May 29 Sri Lankan shares fell on Monday in dull trade to close at their lowest in two weeks, as investors booked profits in heavyweights such as John Keells Holdings Plc and Commercial Bank Plc while floods and landslides that hit the island nation weighed on sentiment.

Sri Lankan authorities on Monday warned of more rains and landslides as a cyclone grew in the Bay of Bengal, while floods killed 164 people following the heaviest rainfall in 14 years.

The Colombo stock index ended 0.27 percent weaker at 6,679.46, at its lowest close since May 15.

The bourse fell 0.47 percent last week recording its first weekly fall in nine weeks.

Turnover on Monday stood at 270.6 million rupees ($1.8 million), well below this year’s daily average of 895.9 million rupees.

Foreign investors bought shares worth 57.1 million rupees on a net basis, extending the year-to-date net foreign inflow to 19.46 billion rupees worth of equities.

“Profit-taking that started last week is continuing. The market is coming down on low volumes,” said Dimantha Mathew, head of research, First Capital Holdings PLC.

“The floods might impact the earnings of companies, though there are no news of any of the factories of listed companies affected from floods. Investors are waiting to see the real impact of the floods.”

Shares in conglomerate John Keells Holdings Plc and Nestle Lanka Plc fell 0.9 percent each, while biggest listed lender Commercial Bank of Ceylon Plc fell 1.2 percent. ($1 = 152.7000 Sri Lankan rupees)

(Reporting by Ranga Sirilal and Shihar Aneez; Editing by Amrutha Gayathri)

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.<