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Sri Lankan shares hit 2-week closing low; budget proposals weigh

First Capital’s Head of Research, Dimantha Mathew, speaks to Reuters

Sri Lankan shares on Tuesday hit a two-week closing low in thin trade as investor sentiment was dented by last week’s budget proposals that were announced to revise corporate and withholding taxes and boost revenue.  The government aims to boost its 2017 tax revenue by 27 percent to 1.82 trillion rupees ($12.36 billion) year on year, to meet a commitment given to the International Monetary Fund in return for a $1.5 billion loan in May.

The benchmark index of the Colombo Stock Exchange ended down 0.15 percent at 6,406.16, hitting its lowest close since Nov. 1. Foreign investors were net sellers for the first time in nine sessions; they sold a net 125.4 million rupees worth of shares on Tuesday. They have net sold 1.01 billion rupees worth of shares so far this year.

“Things are very slow as investors are awaiting direction and more clarity on the taxes imposed by the budget,” said Dimantha Mathew, head of research, First Capital Equities (Pvt) Ltd.

“Increases in various taxes, including the withholding tax and corporate tax, have impacted the capital markets.”

Analysts said the increase in various taxes and fees will reduce the disposable income of the people and challenge the consumption-led growth.

Turnover was 470.3 million rupees, less than this year’s daily average of 707.3 million rupees. Shares of conglomerate John Keels Holdings Plc fell 1.34 percent while Dialog Axiata Plc dropped 1.79 percent.

($1 = 147.3000 Sri Lankan rupees)

(Reporting by Ranga Sirilal and Shihar Aneez; Editing by Sherry Jacob-Phillips)

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Sri Lankan shares edge up in dull trade ahead of govt budget

First Capital’s Head of Research, Dimantha Mathew, speaks to Reuters Thursday Oct 27, 2016

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Sri Lankan shares ended slightly firmer on Thursday, hovering near a 12-week closing low hit earlier in the week, in thin trade as investors awaited cues from the government budget and five-year plan as well as corporate earnings.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe issued an economic policy statement in the parliament, giving some details of the government’s future economic policies, during market hours on Thursday. Dealers said the market was assessing the prime minister’s statement.

The benchmark index of the Colombo Stock Exchange ended 0.06 percent, or 3.61 points, firmer at 6,438.50. On Monday, the index had closed at its lowest level since August 1.

Thursday’s turnover was 204.7 million rupees ($1.38 million), less than a third of this year’s daily average of around 731.3 million rupees.

“Overall market is volatile and will move side ways until the budget,” said Dimantha Mathew, head of research at First Capital Equities (Pvt) Ltd. “Uncertainty is there and investors are on wait-and-see mode.”

Foreign investors sold a net 18.4 million rupees worth of equities on Thursday. The net foreign inflow for the past eleven sessions through Tuesday was 1.23 billion rupees.

They have sold a net 1.81 billion rupees worth of shares this year.

Sri Lanka’s quarterly earnings season started two weeks ago, but most locally listed firms report in late October or early November. The national budget is scheduled to be presented on November 10.

Shares in Bukit Darah Company Plc jumped 3.72 percent while Dialog Axiata Plc rose 0.87 percent and Hatton National Bank Plc gained 0.75 percent.

 

($1 = 147.9000 Sri Lankan rupees)

 

(Reporting by Ranga Sirilal and Shihar Aneez; Editing by Vyas Mohan)