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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)

 

 

 

Sri Lankan shares fall for 2nd session, led by John Keells

COLOMBO, Oct 11 (Reuters) – Sri Lankan shares ended weaker for a second straight session on Tuesday, led by top conglomerate John Keells Holdings, though foreign investors’ buying and gains in financials helped to cap the fall.

Trading volume was low as cautious investors awaited direction from the budget and September-quarter corporate results.

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Sri Lankan shares end up on Commercial Credit stake sale

COLOMBO, Oct 4 (Reuters) – Sri Lankan stocks closed at their highest level in six weeks on Tuesday, led by record gains in Commercial Credit and Finance Plc after Thailand’s Group Lease PCL bought a 30 percent stake in the firm.

Motorcycle lessor Group Lease has acquired a 30 percent stake in Commercial Credit and Finance PLC (CCF) for $70 million, the company said on Monday, in its first major expansion outside Southeast Asia

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Sri Lankan shares end higher; blue chips lead

COLOMBO, Sept 30 (Reuters) – Sri Lankan stocks posted a fourth straight session of gains on Friday to end at a near one-month closing high, led by blue chips, while the drop in T-bill yields boosted sentiment.

The benchmark index of the Colombo Stock Exchange ended up 0.1 percent, or 6.47 points, at 6,534.77, its highest close since Sept. 2.

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Sri Lanka Construction Sector Boom Seen Reviving

SRI LANKA CONSTRUCTION SECTOR “Construction back with a BOOM” – First Capital Research Report

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ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s construction industry is expected to do well in the next few years given increasing homeownership affordability, big government infrastructure projects and rising demand for high-rises, stock brokers First Capital Equities said.

Growth in the sector slowed down in 2015 after the new government halted some big infrastructure projects, pending reviews of their costs and environmental impact.

“Infrastructure being one the main driving forces of the construction sector, suffered a hefty blow amidst slowdown in the infrastructure drive during 2015,” the brokers said in a research report on the construction sector.

But the brokers said they expect “a booming construction sector over next 2-3 years supported by rising affordability for housing, demand for skyscrapers and the government’s mega infrastructure drive.”

The report said the listed Construction & Building Material Sector on the Colombo bourse is expected to provide 46% average return (annualized 29%) over an 18-month period, well above the expected market return.

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Sri Lankan Shares Post 3-wk Closing High as Banks Gain on Rate Decision

First Capital’s Head of Research, Dimantha Mathew speaks to Reuters Wed Sep 28, 2016

COLOMBO, Sept 28 (Reuters) – Sri Lankan stocks closed higher on Wednesday, hitting a more than three-week closing high, led by gains in banking stocks after the central bank held the key monetary policy rates steady.

The central bank’s widely expected decision earlier on Wednesday to hold the rates steady suggested that policy makers were keen to support a slowing economy even as they kept a tight leash on rampant credit growth.

Treasury bill yields fell for the second session at Wednesday’s auction. They fell between 16-33 basis points.

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Sri Lankan shares end flat amid foreign outflows

First Capital’s Head of Research, Dimantha Mathew speaks to Reuters Mon Sep 26, 2016

COLOMBO, Sept 26 (Reuters) – Sri Lankan stocks ended steady on Monday, as gains in financial shares were offset by losses in consumer staples, amid foreign outflows and tax hike concerns.

Foreign investors sold a net 183 million rupees worth of shares on Monday extending the year-to-date net forging outflow to 3.01 billion rupees worth of equities.

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Friday said Sri Lanka’s government, which has failed to raise taxes as promised when it received a $1.5 billion loan from the lender in June, needs to implement a tax reform package without further delay.

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Sri Lankan shares rise on blue chips; foreign outflow hits 7-mth high

First Capital’s Head of Research, Dimantha Mathew speaks to Reuters Thu Sep 22, 2016

“Index turned green today with sudden buying interest in blue chip counters”
“Buying interest is there mainly in diversified shares.”

COLOMBO, Sept 22 (Reuters) – Sri Lankan stocks hit a one-week closing high on Thursday, led by blue chips as investors picked up beaten-down counters, even as foreign investor outflow touched a seven-month high, mainly due to selling in shares of National Development Bank.

The benchmark index of the Colombo Stock Exchange ended 0.21 percent higher at 6,464.94, its highest close since Sept.15.

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Sri Lankan shares fall for 4th straight session; VAT proposal weighs

First Capital’s Head of Research, Dimantha Mathew speaks to Reuters Tue Sep 20, 2016

“Going forward, we don’t think this trend of correction will last long.”

COLOMBO, Sept 20 (Reuters) – Sri Lankan shares fell for a fourth straight session on Tuesday, led by large caps, as selling pressure on stocks expected to take a hit from a proposed tax increase weighed on sentiment.

The benchmark Colombo stock index ended 0.32 percent weaker at 6,429.94, its lowest close since Aug. 1. It fell 0.34 percent last week, its fourth straight weekly loss.

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