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Sri Lankan shares hit over 5-wk closing high on foreign buying


SEPTEMBER 20, 2017

COLOMBO, Sept 20 (Reuters) – Sri Lankan shares gained for a fifth straight session on Wednesday to hit a more than five-week closing high as foreign investors bought into blue-chips, boosting sentiment.

Foreign investors bought a net 556.6 million rupees ($3.64 million) worth of shares, extending the year-to-date net foreign inflow to 17.7 billion rupees.

The Colombo stock index ended up 0.39 percent at 6,452.91, its highest close since Aug. 14.

“We have seen major transactions in blue chips which drive the market these days,” said Dimantha Mathew, head of research at First Capital Holdings.

“Foreigners are active and they are taking positions while the locals are a bit silent. But we can see them also slowly returning to market with high foreign activities.”

Shares of Dialog Axiata Plc rose 4.3 percent, while the biggest listed lender Commercial Bank of Ceylon Plc ended 2.9 percent firmer.

Melstacrop Ltd rose 3.4 percent, while conglomerate John Keells Holdings Plc gained 0.2 percent.

Turnover stood at 1.6 billion rupees, well above this year’s daily average of around 926.2 million rupees. ($1 = 152.8000 Sri Lankan rupees) (Reporting by Ranga Sirilal and Shihar Aneez; Editing by Biju Dwarakanath)

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.