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Sri Lankan stocks end flat near 8-mth low; turnover hits 1- year low


DECEMBER 22, 2017

COLOMBO, Dec 22 (Reuters) – Sri Lankan shares ended flat on Friday for a second straight session, while trading was muted with turnover hitting its lowest level in a year ahead of Christmas holidays.

The Colombo Stock Index ended 0.22 points firmer at 6,323.74, edging up from its lowest close since April 11 recorded on Wednesday.

The bourse fell 0.5 percent during the week, its seventh straight weekly fall.

“Very low turnover …. the turnover hit a 12-month low as most of the investors are on vacation, especially the high net worth investors,” said Dimantha Mathew, head of research at First Capital Holdings,

Shares in Ceylinco Insurance Plc gained 7.1 percent up while those in Ceylon Tobacco Company Plc ended 0.5 percent up.

Hemas Holdings Plc fell 2.2 percent while the biggest listed lender Commercial Bank of Ceylon Plc ended 0.6 percent weaker.

Turnover stood at 115.1 million rupees ($752,779.59), the lowest since Dec. 27, 2016 and was well below this year’s daily average of 926.5 million rupees.

Foreign investors net bought 10.3 million rupees worth of shares on Friday, extending their year-to-date equity purchases to 18.4 billion rupees.

Both the currency and stock markets will remain closed on Monday for a holiday and normal trading will resume on Tuesday. ($1 = 152.9000 Sri Lankan rupees) (Reporting by Ranga Sirilal; 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.

First Capital is an investment bank providing a full range of financial advisory and services. The Company’s research deliver heightened perspective in fundamental research aiding Share Market Investment in Sri Lanka. The Company’s best-in-class research team provide dynamic reports including economic reviews and proprietary research, encompassing fundamental, quantitative and technical analysis. With fundamental research coverage of 62 listed securities (reflecting approximately 65% market capitalization) across 15 sectors in Share Market Investment in Sri Lanka.