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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2732

Share market sluggish but little improved

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

The HNB Stockbrokers indicated that the market started off on a negative note adding to another week of sluggish performance but managed to pick up slightly towards the latter part of the week. During the first three days the All Share Price Index (ASPI) shed 109 points, however the momentum was slightly shifted during the latter part of trading on Thursday reversing the direction of the market. The buying on highly capitalized Dialog & SLT shares caused the ASPI and Milanka Price Index (MPI) to move 29 points & 41 points upward during the last two days. During the week the ASPI dropped 3.25 percent or 80 points to close at 2384 while the more liquid MPI closed 4.15 percent or 141.3 points down to 3259.6 compared to previous week.

JKH managed to regain its lost position as the largest contributor to the market turnover, which it lost to Singer Sri Lanka last week. The counter lost 6.16 percent over the week to close at Rs.129.50 per share. Out of the 34.8 percent or Rs.189million contribution towards the market turnover, bulk of the JKH turnover came on Friday amounting to Rs.166milllion largely due to a foreign to foreign transaction.

Ranking in the second place is Nations Trust Bank witnessing 1,219,600 of its shares changing hands. The stock closed flat from last week closing at Rs.30 managing to rise only up to Rs.30.50 during the week’s trading.

Amid much speculation, the telecom giant SLT managed to secure its place this week by contributing Rs.25.75million to the total market turnover. The counter saw a marginal 0.7 percent drop in its share price to close at Rs.32.

Apart from JKH, NTB & SLT investor interest was also captured by Distilleries, which contributed to 4.34 percent of the total market turnover. Rs.6.5 or 7.26 percent decline was seen on its share price before winding up at Rs. 83 per share this week.

The turnover for the week stood at Rs.543.10million indicating a moderate 6.9 percent drop compared to last week while the average daily turnover amounted to Rs.108.6 million. The turnover was skewed towards the last day of the week where 38.5 percent or Rs.209.1 million came along on Friday.( JKH attributing to most part of it)

Foreign participation remained higher this week amounting to 41.6 percent of the total activity compared to last week’s foreign participation of 35.12 percent. This week too foreigners continued to be net buyers amounting to Rs.20.4 million, however a significant decline of 93.5 percent in net inflows was witnessed as a result of low foreign purchases. Foreign buying during this week was down 35 percent compared to last week to stand at Rs.236 million while foreign sales jumped by 352 percent to Rs.216million.

The top traded stocks during the week included Ceylon glass, Seylan ( Non voting), JKH, Nations Trust & People’s merchant.

Meanwhile in their point of view the HNB Stockbrokers indicated that the Market continued to lost ground during the week despite a late recovery during the latter part of the week. Furthermore the activity levels dropped to Rs.108.6 million on a daily average basis as little improvements were seen in the macro front. Overall the All Share Price Index (ASPI) lost 80 points while the liquid Milanka Price Index (MPI) lost 141 points during the week’s trading.

Dull sentiment to continue

HNB Stockbrokers expect the market to remain volatile during the next week providing trading opportunities for investors in the market place. However the directionless macro situation is likely to make investors follow a ‘Wait and See’ strategy resulting in relatively low turnover levels.

Furthermore some key stocks under performed the market during the
last 4-5 months, thus they advice investors to closely monitor these counters, as these are likely to gain the most in the event of a market turnaround.

- Asian Tribune -

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