Indices on roller coaster ride
THE market was seen reacting negatively to the outcome of the
presidential election, with indices falling substantially on Friday.
While at the onset the market fell heavily, it managed to however
recover to some extent during the day.
The ASPI (All Share Price Index) closed the week down by 143.1 points
or 5.79% to close the week at 2328.9 points, while the MPI (Milanka
Price Index) closed the week at 3022.8 points, down sizably by 243.1
points or 7.44%.
On Wednesday, the investors became buoyant with both indices setting
new highs. The ASPI peaked at 2551.4 points, while the MPI rose to a
high of 3374.0 points.
Banking sector stock, Sampath bank saw a 5% stake, exchange hands on
Thursday. The stake, amounting to 4 million was reportedly sold by a
foreign investor and was acquired by Dammika Perera controlled Vallibel
The sale went through at a price of Rs. 105 per share. Sampath Bank
saw 4.1 million shares trade for the week, closing the week at Rs.
103.75 per share.
The counter was the highest contributor towards weekly turnover
contributing Rs. 435.2 million.
Asia Capital saw an approximately 9 million stake of its shares trade
on Monday. A Malaysian party reportedly bought the stake, with the trade
going through at a price of Rs. 17.50 per share. The counter closed the
week unchanged from last week at Rs. 16.25 per share, contributing Rs.
188.3 million towards weekly turnover.
Dialog saw 15.9 million of its shares trade, becoming the highest
traded stock for the week. The counter saw its share price fall by 5.1%
Week on Week (WoW), and closed the week at Rs. 18.50 per share, after
reaching a peak of Rs.21.25 on Wednesday.
However Dialog managed to contribute Rs. 314.1 million towards weekly
turnover, being the second largest contributor for the week.
Apart from Dialog shares, sizable reductions in share prices of many
blue chips were witnessed, including that of JKH and Commercial Bank.
JKH saw its share price fall by 7.2% WoW, closing the week at Rs. 157.25
The counter saw 1.68 million shares trading, contributing Rs. 282
million towards weekly turnover. Commercial bank saw its share price
dampen by 6.6% WoW to close at Rs. 158.50 per share.
The counter saw a notable 1.3 million shares trading for the week
contributing Rs. 222.5 million towards turnover.
Distilleries saw 3.3 million of its shares trade this week, with the
counter contributing Rs. 168.1 million towards weekly turnover. The
counter saw its share price fall sizably by 8.4% WoW to close the week
at Rs. 46.25 per share.
LIOC saw its share prices slump this week with its price falling by
5.1% WoW to close the week at Rs. 41.75 per share. The counter saw 4.9
million shares trading during the week, contributing 220.9 million
towards weekly turnover.
The total turnover for the week stood at Rs. 3.4 billion this week,
even with week consisting of 4 working days. The average daily turnover
was high at Rs. 842.6 million, compared to a daily turnover of Rs. 818
million posted during the last week.
Foreign investors remained net sellers for the week, amounting to Rs.
659.4 million. Foreign purchases for the week stood at Rs. 633.3
million. Foreign sales were comparatively high due to the above stated
trade of Sampath Bank shares, amounting to Rs. 1.3 billion.
Foreign participation for the week amounted to 28.3% of total
activity far less than the record 44.9% posted during the last week.
Dialog, Asia Capital, Vanik Incorporated, SLT and LIOC were among the
highest traded stocks for the week.
Economic issues challenging but manageable
The current economic issues such as high inflation, a sliding rupee
and a widening fiscal deficit could be managed to a larger extent given
the confidence on the continuity of the peace process.
In the medium term an upward revision in domestic fuel prices, a
further rate hike seems inevitable but the economy could absorb a
short-term hitch, given the developments projects backed by foreign aid
flow into the country.
However most of these foreign funds are pegged to the success of the
peace process and this reiterate the peace premise.
Development projects should get an early start
The longer-term projects highlighted in Budget 2006 should get
started immediately with the implementation of the tsunami
reconstruction plan getting high priority.
While these projects help development, it also facilitates an already
pressurised currency, which in our opinion needs stay at the modest
depreciation of no more than 2%-3% next year, if the inflation to return
to single digits.
With a US500 million worth debt relief form G7 nations expiring in
December 2005, (unlikely to be extended for another year) the fresh
pressure on the balance of payment (BOP) would add further pressure on
Thus we insist the need for continuous aid flow to the country if the
rupee to remain at acceptable levels.
Investors await fresh signals
Given the above concerns, the investor community would be keenly
observing the newly elected President's stance on peace and economic
Even though his election manifesto carries some direction on these
areas, we believe that more concrete steps and actions are necessary to
build further confidence in the market place.
While the market is expected to run through yet another uncertain
passage in the coming weeks, we expect the indices to remain highly
volatile in a wide range.
Overall trend may stay in the negative side for at least another few
days, though the volatility would help investors to take trading
positions in the short term.
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