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Sri Lankan rupee weaker as regional currencies drop

First Capital’s Head of Research, Dimantha Mathew, speaks to Reuters Tuesday Nov 11, 2016

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Nov 11 The Sri Lankan rupee edged down on Friday, in line with a selloff in emerging market currencies, as investors feared higher U.S. interest rates under incoming President Donald Trump will spark capital outflows from those markets.

The weakness in the rupee followed Sri Lanka’s budget proposals on Thursday to revise corporate and withholding taxes to boost revenue and cut the 2017 fiscal deficit to 4.6 percent of GDP from this year’s 5.4 percent.

However, currency dealers said it was too early to see the real impact of the national budget, but a high-tax regime could put some pressure on the currency and support high interest rates.  Rupee forwards were active, with spot-next forwards trading at 148.00/10 per dollar at 0706 GMT, compared with Thursday’s close of 147.85/95.

One-week forwards were at 148.20/30 per dollar, weaker from Thursday’s close of 148.00/10. “Dollar demand is building up,” a currency dealer said requesting anonymity. “Globally the dollar is strengthening.”

Foreign outflows also weighed on the currency sentiment, as foreign investors net sold 24.5 billion rupees ($165.6 million) worth of government securities in the three weeks ended Nov. 2, data from the central bank showed.  Sri Lankan shares were marginally higher, with the benchmark Colombo stock index up 0.08 percent at 6,426.10 as of 0709 GMT. Turnover stood at 83.3 million rupees ($564,745.76).

“Overall (the budget) looks positive… but investors are awaiting clarity on proposals,” said Dimantha Mathew, head of research at First Capital Equities (Pvt) Ltd.

($1 = 147.5000 Sri Lankan rupees)

(Reporting by Ranga Sirilal and Shihar Aneez; Editing by Amrutha Gayathri)

 

 

Sri Lankan shares rise on gains in blue chips, foreign buying

First Capital’s Head of Research, Dimantha Mathew, speaks to Reuters Tuesday Nov 03, 2016

Nov 3 Sri Lankan shares closed Thursday at a near-two week high, helped by gains in blue chips and as foreign investors picked up beaten down stocks.

The benchmark index of the Colombo Stock Exchange ended 0.2 percent higher, or 13.05 points, at 6,442.09, its second straight session of gains.  Turnover stood at 217.7 million rupees ($1.47 million), less than a third of this year’s daily average of 721.1 million.

Foreign investors were net buyers for a second straight session, picking up stocks worth 61.5 million rupees. They have net sold 1.3 billion rupees worth of shares so far this year.  “Suddenly, foreign buying has come into the market after the index fell to near 6,400. It’s like the psychological barrier of 6,400 levels has worked,” said Dimantha Mathew, head of research at First Capital Equities (Pvt) Ltd.

Shares in Nestle Lanka Plc jumped 4.47 percent while conglomerate John Keells Holdings Plc gained 1.27 percent and the biggest listed lender, Commercial Bank of Ceylon Plc, rose 0.67 percent.

($1 = 147.7000 Sri Lankan rupees)

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

 

Sri Lankan shares fall from near 2-wk high ahead of budget

First Capital’s Head of Research, Dimantha Mathew, speaks to Reuters Friday November 04, 2016

Sri Lankan shares fell on Friday from a near two-week high hit in the previous session as investors waited for cues from the national budget scheduled on Nov. 10.

The benchmark index of the Colombo Stock Exchange ended 0.11 percent weaker, or 6.92 points, at 6,435.17, slipping from its highest close since Oct. 21 hit on Thursday.

Turnover stood at 275.7 million rupees ($1.86 million), less than half of this year’s daily average of 718.9 million.

However, foreign investors bought beaten down stocks for a third straight session, picking up shares worth a net 90.6 million rupees. They have net sold 1.21 billion rupees worth of shares so far this year.

“The momentum was short lived,” said Dimantha Mathew, head of research at First Capital Equities (Pvt) Ltd. “Investors turned to wait-and-see approach again. They are awaiting direction from the budget.”

Shares in Nestle Lanka Plc fell 2.37 percent while Ceylon Tea Services Plc fell 9.20 percent.

Conglomerate John Keells Holdings Plc fell 0.39 percent. The company on Friday reported an 8 percent rise in second quarter net profit.

($1 = 147.9500 Sri Lankan rupees)

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

 

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)

Sri Lankan Shares Recover from 12-wk Low in Dull Trading

First Capital’s Head of Research, Dimantha Mathew, speaks to Reuters Tuesday Oct 25, 2016

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Sri Lankan shares edged up on Tuesday from a 12-week closing low hit in the previous session, but trading volume slumped to a more than 2-1/2-year low as investors awaited cues from the government budget and five-year plan as well as corporate earnings.

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

The benchmark index of the Colombo Stock Exchange ended 0.29 percent or 18.63 points higher at 6,436.97, edging up from Monday’s close of 6,418.34, its lowest since Aug. 1. The index fell 0.54 percent last week, its second straight weekly loss.

Tuesday’s turnover was 135.9 million rupees ($921,355.93), its lowest since March 17, 2014 and lower than a fifth of this year’s daily average of around 736.2 million rupees.

“It was a very dull day. It’s a waiting game now and nothing is happening,” said Dimantha Mathew, head of research at First Capital Equities (Pvt) Ltd.

“The equity market is dead and all are waiting for the government’s five-year plan and the budget.”

Stockbrokers said the market was also digesting political concerns over the resignation of the head of Sri Lanka’s anti-corruption body on Oct. 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 17.6 million rupees worth of equities on Tuesday, in the eleventh straight session of net foreign inflows and bringing the total net inflows to 1.23 billion rupees over that period.

They have sold a net 1.74 billion rupees worth of shares this year.

Shares in Ceylon Tobacco Company rose 2 percent, while Carson Cumberbatch Plc rose 1.65 percent.

($1 = 147.5000 Sri Lankan rupees)

(Reporting by Ranga Sirilal and Shihar Aneez; Editing by Amrutha Gayathri)

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

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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)

Sri Lankan Shares Edge up on Foreign Buying, Turnover Hits Near 3-wk High

First Capital’s Head of Research, Dimantha Mathew, speaks to Reuters Fri Oct 21, 2016

Sri Lankan shares ended slightly firmer on Friday, edging up from their lowest close in 1 month hit in the previous session, as foreign investors bought risk assets ahead of a flurry of corporate results and next month’s national budget. Sri Lanka’s quarterly earnings season started last week 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 Nov. 10.

The benchmark index of the Colombo Stock Exchange ended 0.08 percent or 5.17 points firmer at 6,447.53, up from its lowest close since Sept. 20 hit on Thursday. The index fell 0.54 percent on the week, its second straight weekly loss. Turnover stood at 1.15 billion rupees ($7.81 million), the highest since Oct. 3 and more than this year’s daily average of around 741.5 million rupees.

“Today the market was a bit positive with some foreign inflows. Even though the quantity was low the foreign interest was there,” said Dimantha Mathew, head of research, First Capital Equities (Pvt) Ltd.

People walk past an electronic board displaying various Asian countries' stock price index and world major index outside a brokerage in Tokyo, Japan, August 21, 2015.  REUTERS/Issei Kato/File Photo
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Stockbrokers said the stock market was also digesting political concerns over the resignation of the head of Sri Lanka’s anti-corruption body on Monday, 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 to eliminate corruption and could hurt business confidence, analysts said. Foreign investors bought a net 233.8 million rupees worth equities on Friday, extending the net foreign inflow for the past nine days to 1.15 billion rupees worth of shares. They have sold a net 1.82 billion rupees worth of shares so far this year.

Shares in Sri Lanka Telecom Plc rose 2.77 percent, while top conglomerate John Keells Holdings Plc ended steady.

($1 = 147.2000 Sri Lankan rupees)

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

Sri Lankan Shares Close at 1-month Low in Thin trade

First Capital’s Senior Research Analyst, Atchuthan Srirangan, speaks to Reuters Thu Oct 20, 2016

Sri Lankan shares ended slightly weaker on Thursday, posting their lowest close in a month, as investors awaited next month’s national budget and a flurry of corporate results. The benchmark index of the Colombo Stock Exchange ended 0.03 percent or 2.03 points lower at 6,442.36, its lowest close since Sept. 20, in thin trading.

“Investors are waiting to see the outcome of the budget and quarterly results,” said Atchuthan Srirangan, a senior research analyst with First Capital Equities (Pvt) Ltd. “Market will move sideways until the budget,” he said.

Stockbrokers said the market was digesting political concerns over the resignation of the head of Sri Lanka’s anti-corruption body on Monday, 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 to eliminate corruption and could hurt business confidence, analysts said.

Turnover stood at 365.03 million rupees ($2.50 million), well below this year’s daily average of around 739.4 million rupees. Foreign investors, who have sold a net 2.06 billion rupees worth of shares so far this year, bought a net 39.1 million rupees worth equities on Thursday.

Top conglomerate John Keells Holdings Plc ended 0.66 percent weaker while Cargills (Ceylon) Plc fell 4.61 percent. Sri Lanka’s quarterly earnings season started last week but the bulk of locally listed firms will not report until late October or early November.

($1 = 145.9000 Sri Lankan rupees)

(Reporting by Ranga Sirilal; Editing by Amrutha Gayathri)