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CSE indices dip as Softlogic Group records profit-takings

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By Hiran H.Senewiratne

After multiple days of losses, the CSE managed to remain resilient on the previous day, thereby finishing the first month of 2022 on a positive note but it was not able to maintain that momentum yesterday because profit-takings were noted in the Softlogic Group of companies, along with Expolanka Holdings, stock market analysts said.

It is said that following four consecutive sessions of losses, the indices returned to positive territory on Monday with the ASPI regaining the 13,000 level, recording its biggest single-day gain (146 points) in two weeks, boosted by sharp price gains in Softlogic Group stocks. But heavy profit- takings were noted in the Softlogic Group of companies, resulting in both indices moving downwards. However, turnover reached more than the average level, touching more than Rs nine billion, market analysts said.

Amid those developments, the All- Share Price Index went down by 87.38 points and S and P SL20 declined by 59.2 points. Turnover stood at Rs 9.7 billion with two crossings. Those crossings were reported in Softlogic Holdings, which crossed 400,000 shares to the tune of Rs 29.4 million, its shares traded at Rs 73.50 and JAT Holdings 700,000 shares crossed to the tune of Rs 21 million, its shares traded at Rs 30.

In the retail market top seven companies that mainly contributed to the turnover were; Softlogic Capital Rs 1.6 billion (73.2 million shares traded), Softlogic Life Insurance Rs 1.5 billion (7.9 million shares traded), Expolanka Holdings Rs 1.1 billion (3.3 million shares traded), Softlogic Holdings Rs 689 million (8.7 million shares traded), Lanka IOC Rs 638 million (8.7 million shares traded), Browns Investments Rs 403 million (26.5 million shares traded) and Agstar Plc Rs 373 million (21 million shares traded). During the day 399 million share volumes changed hands in 73000 transactions.

It is said high net worth and institutional investor participation was noted in JKH, Lanka IOC and Access Engineering. Mixed interest was observed in Expolanka Holdings, Softlogic Holdings and LOLC Holdings, while retail interest was noted in Softlogic Capital, SMB Leasing (voting & nonvoting) and Browns Investments.

Yesterday, the US dollar rate was quoted at Rs 201.80, which was the Central Bank controlled rate. But the actual rate would be more than Rs 250, informed sources said.



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Sri Lanka’s economic confidence index plummets

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‘No one has rated Sri Lanka’s economic condition as excellent. 1.8 % rated it as good and 1.3 % rated it as getting better. The resulting score was a (-) 96. This rating was (-) 83 in January 2022, a wide ranging Verite Research public opinion survey reveals.

Key findings of the survey:

Government approval rating drops from 10% to 3%

The second round of the Gallup Style “Mood of the Nation” poll was conducted in June by Verité Research. It assessed the approval, satisfaction, and confidence of the nation in relation to the government, the country, and the economy.

The poll was conducted as a part of the syndicated survey instrument by Verité Research. This instrument also provides other organisations the opportunity to survey the sentiments of Sri Lanka.

1. Government approval rating | 3% | To the question, “Do you approve or disapprove of the way the current government is working?” only 3% said they approve. In January 2022 this rating was at 10%.

2. Sri Lanka satisfaction | 2% | To the question, “In general, are you satisfied or dissatisfied with the way things are going in Sri Lanka?” only 2% said they were satisfied. This rating was at 6% in January 2022.

3. Economic confidence | negative (-) 96 | Multiple choice questions on the condition and trajectory of the economy are used to generate an economic confidence score. The score can range from negative (-) 100 to positive (+) 100. A score above zero means more people see the economic conditions positively rather than negatively. If everyone thinks the economy is in either excellent or good condition, and everyone also thinks it is getting better, the score will be (+) 10. If everyone thinks that the economy is in a poor condition, and everyone also thinks it is getting worse, the score will be a (-) 100. No one rated the economic condition as excellent. 1.8% rated it as good; and 1.3% rated it as getting better. The resulting score was a (-) 96. This rating was (-) 83 in January 2022.

Implementation of “Mood of

the Nation”

The poll is based on an island wide nationally representative sample of responses from 1,052 Sri Lankan adults, conducted in June 2022. The sample and methodology was designed to ensure a maximum error margin of under 3% at a 95% confidence interval. The polling partner was Vanguard Survey (Pvt) Ltd.

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Decline in share market in the wake of rate hike reports

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By Hiran H.Senewiratne

CSE trading activities began on a positive note yesterday but during the latter part of the day the market experienced a dip on account of the overall supply chain economy being subjected to a contraction, stemming from the fuel crisis. Consequently, CSE activities were relatively low keyed, market analysts said.

“We are reverting to the negative. There is uncertainty on all fronts, from the political to the economic. Therefore, we are expecting a rate hike on Thursday. This is creating a bit of a cloud and we may see this continuing further, a top market analyst said.

Even if top level decision- making is happening in Sri Lanka the impact is not felt at the grassroots level. This has resulted in unrest in the country, the analyst said.

Amid those developments, both indices moved downwards. The All- Share Price Index went down by 97.9 points and S and P SL20 declined by 34.3 points. Turnover stood at Rs 1.3 billion with one crossing. The crossing was reported in JKH, which crossed 600,000 shares to the tune of Rs 73.2 million, its shares traded at Rs 122.

In the retail market, the top seven companies that mainly contributed to the turnover were; Lanka IOC Rs 611 million (7.3 million shares traded), Expolanka Holdings Rs 173.9 million (one million shares traded). LOLC Holdings Rs 47.4 million (120,000 sha4es traded), Hayleys PLC Rs 46.5 million (697.000 shares traded), Browns Investments Rs 46.3 million (6.4 million shares traded), JKH Rs 21 million (173,000 shares traded) and Softlogic Holdings Rs 20.5 million (794,000 shares traded). During the day 109 million share volumes changed hands in 15000 transactions.

The International Monetary Fund said last Thursday its talks with crisis-hit Sri Lanka had been “constructive”, thereby raising hopes it would soon grant preliminary approval for a desperately needed financial support package, observers said.

Meanwhile, the Colombo Consumer Price index rose 54.6 per cent year-on-year in June against a 39.1 per cent rise in May, according to the Statistics Department.

Yesterday the US dollar rate was Rs 360.73, which is now being controlled due to the prudent fiscal and monetary policies of the Central Bank.

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Dialog Club vision members receive access to an exclusive screening of ‘Jurassic World Dominion’

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In a bold and breath-taking new global adventure, the epic conclusion to the Jurassic film franchise ‘Jurassic World Dominion’ hit theatres across the world on June 10. Just a day after its global premiere, Dialog Club Vision Red members and their loved ones received special access to an exclusive screening of the film at the Kandy City Centre Multiplex on June 11.

The explosive end to the Jurassic era sees two generations of the film’s franchise unite for the first time with Hollywood’s Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard joined by Oscar winner Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum and Sam Neill. Dialog Club Vision members were some of the first to witness the utopian world where Dinosaurs and humans co-exist.

With the best interests of its members and their loved ones at heart, Dialog Club Vision continues to deliver a world of exclusivity and privileges such as personalized care, exclusive discounts and offers, lifestyle and entertainment events and more. To explore more exciting offers available for Dialog Club Vision members, and to learn more about Sri Lanka’s premier loyalty programme, customers can visit the MyDialog App or visit dialog.lk/club-vision

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