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Sri Lankan shrs gain; IMF may consider loan review request


Thu May 4, 2017

Sri Lankan shares ended firmer on Thursday, helped by foreign buying in blue chips, after the International Monetary Fund said it may consider the country’s request for a second loan review.

The Colombo stock index ended 0.59 percent stronger at 6,602.44, near its one-year closing high hit on Friday, boosted by foreign buying in heavyweights such as John Keells , up 2.1 percent, and Ceylon Tobacco Company, up 1.2 percent.

“With the renewed foreign interest, we can see retail investors are slowly returning to the market. Fundamentally sound stocks moved the market today,” said Atchuthan Srirangan, a senior research analyst at First Capital Holdings PLC.

“The positive IMF news also helped boost the market sentiment.”

Analysts said the market will continue to be bullish with mild profit-taking.

Turnover stood at 1.08 billion rupees ($7.09 million), more than this year’s daily average of 901 million rupees.

Foreign investors net bought shares worth 62.2 million rupees, extending their year-to-date investment in equities to 16.52 billion rupees.

They bought a net 14 billion rupees worth of equities in the last 29 sessions.

($1 = 152.2500 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.