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Sri Lankan shares hit more than 2-wk closing low led by banks


Sri Lankan shares fell for a third straight session on Friday to close at their lowest in more than two weeks, as a dollar rally to a 14-year peak after an interest rate increase by the U.S. Federal Reserve earlier this week kept investors subdued.

The 25-basis-point rate increase could hike borrowing costs of foreign capital for Sri Lanka and force the coalition government to borrow locally at higher interest rates, which could also result in movement of money from equities, analysts said.

The Fed also signalled a faster pace of increases in 2017, partly as a result of changes anticipated under a Donald Trump presidency, with the U.S. central bank hinting at three rate hikes next year instead of the two foreseen as of September.

The Colombo stock index ended 0.27 percent weaker at 6,268.61, its lowest close since Nov. 30. The bourse fell 0.88 percent for the week, its second weekly fall.

A block deal in Seylan Bank Plc boosted turnover, with dealers saying state-owned Bank of Ceylon sold 13 million shares to a foreign investor.

“A sizeable crossing of Seylan Bank boosted the turnover. Other than the Seylan trade, there was nothing. The market is getting slower by the day with the holiday mood,” said Dimantha Mathew, head of research, First Capital Equities (Pvt) Ltd.

Shares of Seylan Bank Plc ended steady, while Lanka ORIX Leasing Company Plc fell 4.49 percent and conglomerate John Keells Holdings Plc lost 1.14 percent.

Sri Lanka Telecom Plc dropped 2.61 percent, while Commercial Leasing and Finance Plc fell 5.88 percent.

Turnover stood at 1.86 billion rupees ($12.51 million), well above this year’s daily average of 753.4 million rupees.


Foreign investors bought a net 1.35 billion rupees worth of shares on Friday, extending the year-to-date net foreign inflow to 1.87 billion rupees worth of equities.

($1 = 148.6500 Sri Lankan rupees)

(Reporting by Ranga Sirilal and Shihar Aneez; Editing by Biju Dwarakanath)


Sri Lanka shares slip from near 3-wk high on profit taking


Sri Lankan shares ended slightly weaker on Tuesday, ending a four-session run of gains, to slip from a near three-week high as investors booked profits, brokers said.

The Colombo stock index ended 0.28 percent or 17.72 points down at 6,350.40, slipping from its highest close since Nov. 15 hit on Monday. The bourse gained 1.17 percent last week, recording its first weekly gain in four weeks.

Despite recent gains, investors are concerned that proposed increases in various taxes and fees would reduce disposable income and challenge consumption-led growth.

“The market is going to be volatile for some time,” said Atchuthan Srirangan, a senior research analyst with First Capital Equities (Pvt) Ltd.

The government aims to boost its 2017 tax revenue by 27 percent to 1.82 trillion rupees year-on-year to meet a commitment given to the International Monetary Fund in return for a $1.5 billion loan in May.

Brokers said investors were concerned about the sustainability of rates after the central bank on Tuesday kept key rates unchanged.

Foreign investors bought a net 36.9 million rupees ($248,000) worth of shares on Tuesday. They have been net sellers of 1.79 billion rupees worth of shares this year.

Turnover was 492.97 million rupees, compared with this year’s daily average of 698.4 million rupees.

Shares of Commercial Leasing and Finance Plc fell 8.33 percent while Dialog Axiata Plc fell 0.95 percent.

($1 = 148.8000 Sri Lankan rupees)

(Reporting by Ranga Sirilal)



Sri Lankan Shares hit 12-wk low as Investors Eye Budget, 5-yr plan

First Capital’s Head of Research, Dimantha Mathew, speaks to Reuters Monday Oct 24, 2016


Sri Lankan shares closed Monday at their lowest in 12 weeks in lean trade as investors awaited cues from the central government budget and the five-year plan ahead of corporate results.

Sri Lanka’s quarterly earnings season started two weeks back, but the bulk of locally listed firms will not report until late October or early November.

The national budget is scheduled to be presented on November 10.

The benchmark index of the Colombo Stock Exchange ended 0.45 percent or 29.19 points lower at 6,418.34, its lowest close since August 1. The index had fallen 0.54 percent last week, its second straight weekly loss.

“There is no improvement in the economic conditions and the uncertainty prevails, which is deterring the investors from taking long term position,” said Dimantha Mathew, head of research at First Capital Equities (Pvt) Ltd.

“Market is waiting for the government’s five-year plan and the budget. We see investors have switched to wait-and-see mode. Not many of them are looking at long term until some certainty comes into place.”

Turnover stood at 301.3 million rupees ($2.05 million), less than half of this year’s daily average of around 740 million rupees.

Stockbrokers said the stock market was also digesting political concerns over the resignation of the head of Sri Lanka’s anti-corruption body on October 17, a few days after President Maithripala Sirisena implied that the agency was favouring the rival party of his prime minister.

This is likely to delay one of the promises of Sirisena’s coalition government, eliminating corruption, and could hurt business confidence, analysts said.

Foreign investors bought a net 62.5 million rupees worth equities on Monday, extending the net foreign inflow for the past nine days to 1.21 billion rupees worth of shares.

They have sold a net 1.76 billion rupees worth of shares so far this year.

Shares in Ceylon Tobacco Company fell 2 percent after media reports suggested there could be a further hike in cigarette prices, while Commercial Leasing and Finance Plc lost 5.3 percent.

($1 = 146.9000 Sri Lankan rupees)

(Reporting by Shihar Aneez; Editing by Vyas Mohan)