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Sri Lankan shares hit 6-week closing low

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

JULY 25, 2017

COLOMBO, July 25 (Reuters) – Sri Lankan shares closed marginally weaker for a seventh straight session on Tuesday, but analysts expect sentiment to turn positive following cabinet approval for a Chinese-built port.

The Colombo stock index fell 0.03 percent to 6,662.34, marking its lowest close since June 13, and its tenth fall in 11 sessions.

Sri Lanka’s cabinet cleared a revised agreement for its Chinese-built southern port of Hambantota on Tuesday which will bring in around 1 billion dollar investment, after terms of the first pact sparked widespread public anger in the island nation.

“With the cabinet approval granted for the port deal and exchange control bill presented to parliament today, we might see some positive sentiment returning to the market,” said Dimantha Mathew, head of research, First Capital Holdings

Sri Lanka parliament on Tuesday debated a new exchange control bill.

Foreign investors bought shares worth a net 47.2 million rupees ($307,592.05) on Tuesday, extending the year-to-date net foreign inflow to 25 billion rupees.

Turnover was 359.8 million rupees, well below this year’s daily average of around 903 million rupees.

Shares of Ceylon Tobacco Company Plc fell 0.9 percent. ($1 = 153.4500 Sri Lankan rupees) (Reporting by Ranga Sirilal and Shihar Aneez; Editing by Vyas Mohan)

The comments on this report are provided by the Capital Markets Research Unit of First Capital Holdings PLC an investment bank in Sri Lanka.

The company operates in the capital markets of Sri Lanka in government securities – treasury bills and bonds, stock brokering and share market investments, asset management, private wealth management,  retirement planning, personal financial planning, unit trust, margin trading, capital market research, trustee services, corporate finance advisory services including corporate debt structuring (debentures, trust certificates, commercial papers), valuations, restructuring, mergers and acquisitions, initial public offerings (IPOs) and project advisory. 

The First Capital Group consists of First Capital Treasuries PLC, First Capital Limited, First Capital Markets Limited, First Capital Asset Management Limited and First Capital Equities (Private) Limited covering Colombo, Negombo, Matara, Kandy and Kurunegala.<

Sri Lankan shares post near 6-week closing low

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

JULY 24, 2017

COLOMBO, July 24 (Reuters) – Sri Lankan shares fell for the sixth straight session on Monday to post a near six-week closing low, but brokers said the slide is slowing down.

The Colombo stock index fell just 0.08 percent to 6,664.12, but it marked the lowest close since June 13, and its ninth fall in 10 sessions.

“The market came down over the last few days due to profit taking, but it looks like the profit taking has come to an end and the market is consolidating at these levels,” said Dimantha Mathew, head of research, First Capital Holdings.

Foreign investors bought shares worth a net 195.5 million rupees ($1.27 million) on Monday, extending the year-to-date net foreign inflow to 25 billion rupees.

Turnover was 502.6 million rupees, less than this year’s daily average of around 907 million rupees.

Shares of Hemas Holdings Plc fell 1.8 percent while Ceylon Cold Stores Plc closed 1.14 percent weaker. ($1=153.45 Sri Lankan rupees) (Reporting by Ranga Sirilal and Shihar Aneez; editing by Neil Fullick)

The comments on this report are provided by the Capital Markets Research Unit of First Capital Holdings PLC an investment bank in Sri Lanka.

The company operates in the capital markets of Sri Lanka in government securities – treasury bills and bonds, stock brokering and share market investments, asset management, private wealth management,  retirement planning, personal financial planning, unit trust, margin trading, capital market research, trustee services, corporate finance advisory services including corporate debt structuring (debentures, trust certificates, commercial papers), valuations, restructuring, mergers and acquisitions, initial public offerings (IPOs) and project advisory. 

The First Capital Group consists of First Capital Treasuries PLC, First Capital Limited, First Capital Markets Limited, First Capital Asset Management Limited and First Capital Equities (Private) Limited covering Colombo, Negombo, Matara, Kandy and Kurunegala.<

MARKET UPDATE ON ADA DERANA ENGLISH NEWS – 2017.07.23

Stock Brokers in Sri Lanka

First Capital’s Head of Research Dimantha Mathew with the market update – between 19.53 mins to 20.20 mins

The comments on this report are provided by the Capital Markets Research Unit of First Capital Holdings PLC an investment bank in Sri Lanka.

The company operates in the capital markets of Sri Lanka in government securities – treasury bills and bonds, stock brokering and share market investments, asset management, private wealth management,  retirement planning, personal financial planning, unit trust, margin trading, capital market research, trustee services, corporate finance advisory services including corporate debt structuring (debentures, trust certificates, commercial papers), valuations, restructuring, mergers and acquisitions, initial public offerings (IPOs) and project advisory. 

The First Capital Group consists of First Capital Treasuries PLC, First Capital Limited, First Capital Markets Limited, First Capital Asset Management Limited and First Capital Equities (Private) Limited covering Colombo, Negombo, Matara, Kandy and Kurunegala.

Sri Lankan shares post over 1-month closing low; blue chips lead

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

JULY 21, 2017

COLOMBO, July 21 (Reuters) – Sri Lankan shares fell for an eighth session in nine in thin trade on Friday and posted a more than one-month closing low, with blue chips leading the losers.

The Colombo stock index ended 0.22 percent lower at 6,669.51, its lowest close since June 14, and its fifth straight session of falls.

“The market is bit slowing down and the local interest in the market was short lived,” said Dimantha Mathew, head of research, First Capital Holdings.

“The market needs local investors to sustain the positive momentum. Foreign investors continue to buy.”

Foreign investors bought shares worth net 6 million rupees ($39,062.50) on Friday, extending the year-to-date net foreign inflow to 24.8 billion rupees worth of equities.

Turnover was 516.8 million rupees, less than this year’s daily average of around 914 million rupees.

Shares of market heavyweight John Keells Holdings closed 1 percent weaker and private lender Hatton National Bank fell 1.5 percent. ($1 = 153.6000 Sri Lankan rupees) (Reporting by Shihar Aneez; Editing by Subhranshu Sahu)

The comments on this report are provided by the Capital Markets Research Unit of First Capital Holdings PLC an investment bank in Sri Lanka.

The company operates in the capital markets of Sri Lanka in government securities – treasury bills and bonds, stock brokering and share market investments, asset management, private wealth management,  retirement planning, personal financial planning, unit trust, margin trading, capital market research, trustee services, corporate finance advisory services including corporate debt structuring (debentures, trust certificates, commercial papers), valuations, restructuring, mergers and acquisitions, initial public offerings (IPOs) and project advisory. 

The First Capital Group consists of First Capital Treasuries PLC, First Capital Limited, First Capital Markets Limited, First Capital Asset Management Limited and First Capital Equities (Private) Limited covering Colombo, Negombo, Matara, Kandy and Kurunegala.<

First Capital Fixed Income Recommendation – July 2017

  • Economic Health Score

  • Recommendation

  • Recap of Dec 2016 Economic Wrap

Read the full report – First Capital Fixed Income Recommendation July 2017

 

The comments on this report are provided by the Capital Markets Research Unit of First Capital Holdings PLC an investment bank in Sri Lanka.

The company operates in the capital markets of Sri Lanka proving services to invest in Sri Lanka through fixed income securities such as investments in government securities– treasury bills and bonds, stock brokering and share market investments, asset management, private wealth management,  retirement planning, personal financial planning, unit trust, margin trading, capital market research, trustee services, corporate finance advisory services including corporate debt structuring (debentures, trust certificates, commercial papers), valuations, restructuring, mergers and acquisitions, initial public offerings (IPOs) and project advisory.

The First Capital Group consists of First Capital Treasuries PLC, First Capital Limited, First Capital Markets Limited, First Capital Asset Management Limited and First Capital Equities (Private) Limited covering Colombo, Negombo, Matara, Kandy and Kurunegala.

Sri Lankan shares fall to 1-mth low; Chevron Lubricants leads

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

JULY 19, 2017

COLOMBO, July 19 (Reuters) – Sri Lankan shares fell on Wednesday to a one-month closing low, marking their sixth losing session in seven, led by the decline in Chevron Lubricants Lanka after it reported a drop in the June-quarter earnings.

Chevron Lubricants stock lost 6.3 percent on Wednesday after the company reported a 34 percent fall in its second-quarter profit.

The Colombo stock index ended 0.59 percent lower at 6,695.23, its lowest since June 16, marking a third straight losing session.

“There was selling pressure after the Chevron Lubricants’ earnings. Some other blue chips also were under selling pressure,” said Dimantha Mathew, head of research, First Capital Holdings.

However, foreign investors continued to buy stocks. They were net buyers of shares worth 113.5 million rupees ($738,932)on Tuesday, extending the year-to-date net foreign inflow to 24.4 billion rupees worth of equities.

Turnover was 781.6 million rupees, less than this year’s daily average of 912.8 million rupees.

Shares of conglomerate Hemas Holdings fell 3.6 percent, while telecom company Dialog Axiata fell 1.7 percent. ($1 = 153.6000 Sri Lankan rupees) (Reporting by Shihar Aneez; Editing by Amrutha Gayathri)

The comments on this report are provided by the Capital Markets Research Unit of First Capital Holdings PLC an investment bank in Sri Lanka.

The company operates in the capital markets of Sri Lanka in government securities – treasury bills and bonds, stock brokering and share market investments, asset management, private wealth management,  retirement planning, personal financial planning, unit trust, margin trading, capital market research, trustee services, corporate finance advisory services including corporate debt structuring (debentures, trust certificates, commercial papers), valuations, restructuring, mergers and acquisitions, initial public offerings (IPOs) and project advisory. 

The First Capital Group consists of First Capital Treasuries PLC, First Capital Limited, First Capital Markets Limited, First Capital Asset Management Limited and First Capital Equities (Private) Limited covering Colombo, Negombo, Matara, Kandy and Kurunegala.<

MARKET UPDATE ON ADA DERANA ENGLISH NEWS – 2017.07.16

Stock Brokers in Sri Lanka

First Capital’s Head of Research Dimantha Mathew with the market update – between 17.00 mins to 17.37 mins

The comments on this report are provided by the Capital Markets Research Unit of First Capital Holdings PLC an investment bank in Sri Lanka.

The company operates in the capital markets of Sri Lanka in government securities – treasury bills and bonds, stock brokering and share market investments, asset management, private wealth management,  retirement planning, personal financial planning, unit trust, margin trading, capital market research, trustee services, corporate finance advisory services including corporate debt structuring (debentures, trust certificates, commercial papers), valuations, restructuring, mergers and acquisitions, initial public offerings (IPOs) and project advisory. 

The First Capital Group consists of First Capital Treasuries PLC, First Capital Limited, First Capital Markets Limited, First Capital Asset Management Limited and First Capital Equities (Private) Limited covering Colombo, Negombo, Matara, Kandy and Kurunegala.

Monthly Economic Watch – July 2017

Monetary Policy Review

Policy rates unchanged

  • Private sector credit growth decelerated gradually to 20.4% in March 2017 and 20.0% in April 2017. The Earlier tightening of monetary policy by central bank and resultant increase in interest rates impacted the credit growth.
  • Despite improved export performance, a sustained increase in import expenditure resulted in a trade deficit of 3.3Bn till April 2017.
  • Gross official reserves improved to above USD 7.0 Bn by mid-June from 5.1Bn by end April 2017. Both the government securities market and the Colombo Stock Exchange experienced foreign inflows in recent months.
  • Accordingly policy rates were decided to be maintained at,
    • Standing Deposit Facility Rate – 7.25%
    • Standing Lending Facility Rate – 8.75%
    • Statutory Reserve Ratio (SRR) – 7.50%

Read the full report here: Monthly Economic Watch – July 2017

The comments on this report are provided by the Capital Markets Research Unit of First Capital Holdings PLC an investment bank in Sri Lanka.

The company operates in the capital markets of Sri Lanka proving services to invest in Sri Lanka through fixed income securities such as investments in government securities– treasury bills and bonds, stock brokering and share market investments, asset management, private wealth management,  retirement planning, personal financial planning, unit trust, margin trading, capital market research, trustee services, corporate finance advisory services including corporate debt structuring (debentures, trust certificates, commercial papers), valuations, restructuring, mergers and acquisitions, initial public offerings (IPOs) and project advisory.

The First Capital Group consists of First Capital Treasuries PLC, First Capital Limited, First Capital Markets Limited, First Capital Asset Management Limited and First Capital Equities (Private) Limited covering Colombo, Negombo, Matara, Kandy and Kurunegala.

Sri Lankan shares slip from 18-month high on profit-taking

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

COLOMBO, July 11 (Reuters)

Sri Lankan stocks edged down on Tuesday from its 18-month closing high hit in the previous session as investors booked profits in blue chips, while concerns over a proposed tax bill weighed on overall sentiment.

The Colombo stock index ended 0.15 percent weaker at 6,748.15, slipping from its highest close since Jan 7, 2016 hit on Monday.

“The index is down on profit-taking, but the good thing is that retail participation has increased,” said Dimantha Mathew, head of research, First Capital Holdings PLC.

“There was less foreign participation today.”

Foreign investors net bought 42.3 million rupees ($275,391) worth of shares on Tuesday, extending their year-to-date net inflows to 22.9 billion rupees worth of equities.

Analysts said new foreign investors have been buying Sri Lankan shares since the Pakistani bourse was upgraded to emerging market status from frontier market.

The day’s turnover was 559.7 million rupees, less than this year’s daily average of 912.7 million rupees.

In May, index provider MSCI announced changes to its indexes as a result of its semi-annual market reclassification, including reclassifying Pakistan as an emerging market from frontier market, and the addition of 57 securities and removal of 28 securities from its All-Country World Index .

Brokers said local investors have been waiting for some clarity on a proposed inland revenue legislation, which a few companies expect will result in higher costs of production.

The IMF, which has long urged Sri Lanka to boost tax revenue through modernisation and simplification of its fiscal system, has urged the government to submit to parliament a new Inland Revenue Act.

Shares of Ceylon Tea Services Plc dived 13.4 percent, Melstacorp Ltd ended 1.8 percent weaker, while conglomerate John Keells Holdings Plc closed 0.2 percent lower.

$1 = 153.6000 Sri Lankan rupees Reporting by Ranga Sirilal and Shihar Aneez; Editing by Sherry Jacob-Phillips

The comments on this report are provided by the Capital Markets Research Unit of First Capital Holdings PLC an investment bank in Sri Lanka.

The company operates in the capital markets of Sri Lanka in government securities – treasury bills and bonds, stock brokering and share market investments, asset management, private wealth management,  retirement planning, personal financial planning, unit trust, margin trading, capital market research, trustee services, corporate finance advisory services including corporate debt structuring (debentures, trust certificates, commercial papers), valuations, restructuring, mergers and acquisitions, initial public offerings (IPOs) and project advisory. 

The First Capital Group consists of First Capital Treasuries PLC, First Capital Limited, First Capital Markets Limited, First Capital Asset Management Limited and First Capital Equities (Private) Limited covering Colombo, Negombo, Matara, Kandy and Kurunegala.<

MARKET UPDATE ON ADA DERANA ENGLISH NEWS – 2017.07.09

Investment in Sri Lanka

First Capital’s Head of Research Dimantha Mathew with the market update – between 15.20 mins to 15.56 mins

The comments on this report are provided by the Capital Markets Research Unit of First Capital Holdings PLC an investment bank in Sri Lanka.

The company operates in the capital markets of Sri Lanka in government securities – treasury bills and bonds, stock brokering and share market investments, asset management, private wealth management,  retirement planning, personal financial planning, unit trust, margin trading, capital market research, trustee services, corporate finance advisory services including corporate debt structuring (debentures, trust certificates, commercial papers), valuations, restructuring, mergers and acquisitions, initial public offerings (IPOs) and project advisory. 

The First Capital Group consists of First Capital Treasuries PLC, First Capital Limited, First Capital Markets Limited, First Capital Asset Management Limited and First Capital Equities (Private) Limited covering Colombo, Negombo, Matara, Kandy and Kurunegala.