Amidst heavy activity on banks
The market opened on a high note on Monday but however settled into a
narrow trading range as the week progressed. Nevertheless the activity
levels continued to remain strong with high interest seen on banking
sector stocks. Comparing Week on Week (WoW) the ASPI (All Share Price
Index) rose by 16.6 points or 0.5 percent to close at 3131.9 points,
while the MPI (Milanka Price Index) improved by a higher 42.7 points or
1.2 percent to close at 3546.9 points.
A 7.3 million quantity of banking sector counter, HNB, traded during
the week with larger chunks being traded during the early part of the
week, which were reportedly sold by Browns' Group. On Monday the counter
managed to contribute Rs.866.0 million, towards the day's turnover with
a total of 5.0 million shares trading on the back of renewed foreign
interest. During the week, the counter was seen trading between a range
of Rs.169.75 and Rs.175.00 per share to close at Rs.170.00 per share on
Friday while contributing Rs.1.3 billion towards weekly turnover which
led the counter becoming the highest contributor towards this week.
Market heavyweight counter JKH also managed to contribute notably
towards weekly turnover this week, even though the volumes traded
remained slightly lower compared to last week.
The most part of the volumes were traded on Thursday, which saw 1.4
million of 2.6 million shares traded for the week. During the week JKH
traded within a price range of Rs.153.00 and Rs.155.00 per share. The
contribution towards weekly turnover amounted to Rs.400.9 million,
however the share closed 0.5 percent lower compared to last week at
Rs.170.00 per share.
Attention was drawn towards banking counters this week, as trades in
HNB, Commercial Bank (COMB), DFCC, Seylan Bank (Non Voting), Pan Asia
and Nations Trust managed to come within the top 10 contributors for the
The week saw 2.0 million COMB shares trading, with the contribution
towards turnover amounting to Rs.358.7 million while WoW the share
closed 5.6 percent higher at Rs.190.25 per share. DFCC, which became the
fifth largest contributor, injected Rs.344.8 million while trading a
total of 2.2 million shares. Similarly, DFCC share too showed an
improvement this week, which closed 7.4 percent higher WoW at Rs.164.25
per share on Friday.
Among the other counters which saw interest during the week were
Browns amidst the speculation over the sale of HNB shares held by the
company. During the week 2.2 million Browns shares traded with its share
price showing an 8.4 percent increase WoW to close at Rs.84.00 per
share. Contribution towards weekly turnover from the counter amounted to
Rs.347.7 million. Activity levels remained high during the week, with
total turnover amounting to Rs.6.4 billion, higher than the Rs.5.6
billion posted last week. The average daily turnover stood at Rs.1.3
billion, showing a growth of 15.6 percent WoW. Foreign participation too
was slightly higher at 26.0 percent of total activity, as trades on the
highest contributed stock HNB went through as foreign trades. Foreign
purchases totaled to Rs.2.2 billion and foreign sales amounted to Rs.1.3
billion, resulting in strong net foreign inflows of Rs.1.1 billion.
Amongst the heavily traded stocks this week were, Tess Agro, Seylan
Bank (Non Voting), Piramal Glass, Sierra Cable and Dialog.
Point of View
Stick to fundamentals
As we expected the market witnessed high activity throughout the
week, backed by strong investor sentiments. The ASPI however gained only
16.6 points Week-on-Week while the more liquid MPI climbed 42.7 points.
We do not expect any sharp change in investor sentiments over the
coming week, thus the market would hold steady backed by healthy
activity levels. The third quarter corporate earnings season has now
begun. While the overall expectations on third quarter earnings remain
mild, any weaker or better than expected company earnings could affect
short term market direction. Earnings in the 2Q of 2009 witnessed a
drop, largely on the back of poor earnings reported by Telcos (Refer
According to our analysis corporate earnings excluding the Telecom
sector witnessed a 49.9 percent improvement Quarter on Quarter (QoQ).
While, third quarter earnings are likely to witness an YoY drop, we
believe QoQ earnings would show a notable improvement.
While economic, political developments and participation of
foreigners in the market are likely to be key factors driving the
market, short term fluctuations would also trace corporate earnings
announcements for the third quarter. In our view the real recovery of
earnings would be seen during the final quarter and as such we advise
the investors to focus on the medium term and stick to fundamentally
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