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Sri Lankan shares hit 6-week closing low


JULY 25, 2017

COLOMBO, July 25 (Reuters) – Sri Lankan shares closed marginally weaker for a seventh straight session on Tuesday, but analysts expect sentiment to turn positive following cabinet approval for a Chinese-built port.

The Colombo stock index fell 0.03 percent to 6,662.34, marking its lowest close since June 13, and its tenth fall in 11 sessions.

Sri Lanka’s cabinet cleared a revised agreement for its Chinese-built southern port of Hambantota on Tuesday which will bring in around 1 billion dollar investment, after terms of the first pact sparked widespread public anger in the island nation.

“With the cabinet approval granted for the port deal and exchange control bill presented to parliament today, we might see some positive sentiment returning to the market,” said Dimantha Mathew, head of research, First Capital Holdings

Sri Lanka parliament on Tuesday debated a new exchange control bill.

Foreign investors bought shares worth a net 47.2 million rupees ($307,592.05) on Tuesday, extending the year-to-date net foreign inflow to 25 billion rupees.

Turnover was 359.8 million rupees, well below this year’s daily average of around 903 million rupees.

Shares of Ceylon Tobacco Company Plc fell 0.9 percent. ($1 = 153.4500 Sri Lankan rupees) (Reporting by Ranga Sirilal and Shihar Aneez; 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.<