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Sri Lankan shares recover from 4-1/2-month low on foreign buying



COLOMBO, Sept 7 (Reuters) – Sri Lankan shares on Thursday edged up from their lowest close in more than four months hit in the previous session, as foreign investors bought battered shares.

The Colombo stock index ended 0.02 percent higher at 6,362.18, recovering from its lowest close since April 17 hit on Wednesday.

The bourse ended 0.3 percent lower last week, its seventh straight weekly fall. As of Wednesday’s close, it shed more than 4.6 percent since July 27.

Shares of Lanka ORIX Leasing Company Plc ended 6.7 percent higher, while Ceylon Cold Stores Plc closed up 1.0 percent and Melstacorp Ltd ended 0.9 percent firmer.

Foreign investors net bought 332.1 million Sri Lankan rupees ($2.18 million) worth of shares, extending the year-to-date net foreign inflow to 27.7 billion rupees worth equities.

“Market is up with some foreign buying,” said Dimantha Mathew, head of research, First Capital Holdings.

“The market is slow as investors are waiting to see the direction.”

Mathew said investors are waiting to see the clarity on taxes following the Inland Revenue Bill and also waiting to see the outcome of the U.S Fed rate announcement.

The bill, Sri Lanka’s major tax reform since independence from Britain in 1948, seeks to expand the tax net and stamp out evasion. It is expected to be presented in the parliament on Sept. 7.

Turnover stood at 627.6 million rupees, less than this year’s daily average of around 860.9 million rupees.

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.