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Sri Lanka shares hit near 8-mth low on foreign fund outflow

FIRST CAPITAL’S HEAD OF RESEARCH, DIMANTHA MATHEW, SPEAKS TO REUTERS

 

Sri Lankan shares fell on Tuesday for the third straight session to end at a near eight-month low as foreign investors trimmed their exposure to the island nation’s risky assets amid concerns over budget tax proposals.

The Colombo stock index ended 0.11 percent down at 6,231.87, its lowest close since April 7. The bourse lost 1.17 percent last week, marking its third straight weekly fall.

A proposed hike in various taxes and fees would reduce disposable income and challenge consumption-led growth, analysts said.

“Investors are concerned over the current uncertainty and they are worried over the sustainability of the rates given the current economic uncertainty,” said Dimantha Mathew, head of research at 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 and meet a commitment given to the International Monetary Fund in return for a $1.5 billion loan in May.  The market shrugged off the central bank’s key monetary policy decision on Tuesday to keep rates unchanged. Brokers said investors are concerned about the sustainability of the rates.

At the post-monetary policy media briefing, central bank Governor Indrajith Coomaraswamy said aggressive monetary policy tightening by the U.S. Federal Reserve will have an impact on the foreign outflow.  Turnover was 1.01 billion rupees ($6.78 million), more than this year’s daily average of 695.1 million rupees.

Foreign investors sold a net 295.8 million rupees worth of shares on Tuesday, extending the year-to-date net foreign selling to 1.68 billion rupees.

Shares of Dialog Axiata Plc fell 0.98 percent while Asiri Hospitals Plc fell 0.77 percent.

($1 = 149.0000 Sri Lankan rupees)

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

 

Sri Lanka shares end little changed; turnover slumps

FIRST CAPITAL’S HEAD OF RESEARCH, DIMANTHA MATHEW, SPEAKS TO REUTERS

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Sri Lankan shares ended little changed on Friday, hovering near eight-month lows, while turnover slumped as investors kept to the sidelines on concerns over recent tax proposals.

The Colombo stock index ended 0.02 percent down at 6,252.12, and lost 1.17 percent during the week, marking its third straight weekly fall.  The bourse hit its lowest close since April 7 on Wednesday on caution over the budget tax proposals, including revisions in corporate and withholding taxes.

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

“Investors area worried and staying on the sideline with the uncertainty haunting the markets,” said Dimantha Mathew, head of research at First Capital Equities (Pvt) Ltd.

Analysts said the increase in various taxes and fees would reduce disposable income and challenge consumption-led growth.  Turnover was 110.5 million rupees ($745,614.04), the lowest since March 17, 2014 and well below this year’s daily average of 695.1 million rupees.

Foreign investors bought a net 19.6 million rupees worth of shares on Friday, but have been net sellers of 1.25 billion rupees worth of shares so far this year.

Shares of Ceylon Cold Store Plc fell 7.35 percent while conglomerate John Keells Holdings Plc fell 0.89 percent and Dialog Axiata Plc fell 1.92 percent.

($1 = 148.2000 Sri Lankan rupees)

(Reporting by Ranga Sirilal; Editing by Sunil Nair)