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Sri Lankan shares slip from over 1-yr high on profit-taking


Thu May 18, 2017

May 18 Sri Lankan shares ended marginally down on Thursday, slipping from their highest level in more than a year hit in the previous session, as investors booked profits in blue chips including John Keells Holdings Plc and Dialog Axiata Plc.

The Colombo stock index ended 0.30 percent weaker at 6,697.90, slipping from its highest close since Jan. 8, 2016 hit on Wednesday. The benchmark index has risen nearly 11 percent through Wednesday since March 31.

Turnover stood at 629.2 million rupees ($4.13 million), less than this year’s daily average of 896.5 million rupees.

“We have seen a sizable selling pressure on blue chips today after some time,” said Dimantha Mathew, head of research, First Capital Holdings PLC.

“The market is taking a breather after the index passed 6,700 levels and we feel profit-taking will continue for couple of days.”

Foreign investors net bought shares worth 28.9 million rupees, extending the year-to-date net foreign inflows to 18.02 billion rupees.

Shares in John Keells Holdings Plc fell 0.60 percent while Carson Cumberbatch Plc fell 4.23 percent and Dialog Axiata Plc ended 0.83 percent weaker.

($1 = 152.5000 Sri Lankan rupees) (Reporting by Ranga Sirilal and Shihar Aneez)

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.<