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Up and down trend in CSE trading

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By Hiran H. Senewiratne

CSE  was sluggish last morning and witnessed  some  decline from 40 – 50 points during mid session but recovered during the  latter  part  of the day and settled on a  positive  note, stock market analysts said.

The  market  appears to be volatile due  to an  increase in the number of  Covid 19  patients in the  country and there was also speculation on the Port City Bill, which  is being  debated in parliament, stock market analysts noted.

During the day banking and manufacturing  sector counters saw gains  in the  market. Specially Sampath Bank and Commercial  Bank, performed well in the  market  yesterday, due to their  quarterly results  being  positive. However, leading  manufacturing  companies, such as Haycarb and Dipped  Products, although reporting good quarterly results, compared to the  third  quarter they have indicated a slight dip. Haycarb  recorded a 6% or Rs. 6.20 drop  of  its share price. Its  shares started  trading  at Rs. 105.75 at the end of the day,  they moved  down to Rs. 99.50.

Dipped Products’  share price  was down by 1.4% or 80 cents. Its shares started trading at Rs. 56.90 and  the  end of the day declined  to Rs. 56.10.Amid those developments, both indices  showed a  downward  trend. All Share Price Index went down   by 14.11 points and S and P SL 20 went down by  2.36 points. Turnover stood at Rs. 2.32 billion with two crossings. One  of the crossings was  reported  in Union Bank, which crossed 6.58 million shares  to the  tune  of Rs. 69 million, its shares traded at Rs. 10.50 and Expo Lanka 806,000 shares crossed for Rs. 37.8 million, its shares   traded at Rs. 46.90.

In the  retail market, top five companies that mainly contributed to the  turnover were; Browns Investments Rs. 444.2 million (65.6 million shares traded ),Haycarb Rs. 270  million (2.7 million shares traded ), Royal Ceramic Rs. 265 million (6.9 million shares traded ),Dipped Products Rs. 209 million (3.7 million shares traded )and Expo Lanka Rs. 195 million (4.1 million shares traded ).During the day 143.7 million share  volumes change hands in 22175 transactions.



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CDS signs up with Lanka IOC to act as Registrar

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The Central Depository Systems (CDS), a fully owned subsidiary of the Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE), recently signed a service agreement with Lanka IOC PLC as the registrar for Lanka IOC PLC, with effect from 01st of January 2023. Lanka IOC PLC, with a corporate history spanning 20 years, is the only private sector auto fuel retailer in Sri Lanka. Over the years, the company has made a significant impact on the socio-economic landscape by enabling mobility, economic activity, and development. With an island-wide footprint of 213 retail outlets, the company services 12% of the country’s retail fuel demand.

Reasoning on appointing CDS, as the Registrar for Lanka IOC PLC, its’ Managing Director, Manoj Gupta, said, “we engaged CDS to conduct our virtual annual general meetings during the period of COVID 19 pandemic where all listed companies were not in a position to convene any physical meeting as it was most essential to maintain social distance. We found the services rendered to us by CDS were highly satisfactory. Thus, we are happy to appoint CDS as the Registrars of the company.” “CDS has provided the service of handling the dividend payments to shareholders consecutively for the last
three years and carried out the functions in a very good manner, coordinating well with the bankers and shareholders,” added the Company Secretary of Lanka IOC PLC, Ms. Amali Liyanapatabendi

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SLT-MOBITEL honoured at Asian Technology Excellence Awards 2022

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Reiterating its leadership in innovative broadband deployment solutions, SLT-MOBITEL, the National ICT Solutions Provider was honoured with the prestigious ‘Technology Excellence Award for Network and Broadband – Telecommunications’ at The Asian Technology Excellence Awards 2022. The recognition is in appreciation of SLTMOBITEL’s innovative use of LTE 850MHz broadband solution which provides extensive coverage to rural areas of the country.

Understanding the need to provide superior rural connectivity to support the nation’s ongoing digital transformation and bridgingn the digital divide, SLT-MOBITEL’s innovative LTE 850MHz network strategically combined the underutilized spectrum from obsolete CDMA fixed line operations and forfeited its resources to obtain a new noninterfered 5MHz band for 4G LTE deployment from The
Telecommunication Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka (TRCSL). This enabled, SLT-MOBITEL to significantly enhance rural connectivity across Sri Lanka, empowering every Sri Lankan to avail the benefit of SLT-MOBITEL’s Sub1GHz 850MHz LTE network especially during Covid-19 travel restrictions where broadband had become a necessity for everyone. In addition, SLTMOBITEL’s LTE 850MHz solution recovered valuable national spectrum resources which was interfered and exhausted earlier. With the coverage enhancement the mobile arm was able to connect an additional 700,000 subscribers who did not have access to broadband services earlier. With the LTE 850MHz deployment, SLT-MOBITEL was able to further bolster its support during COVID-19, providing rural communities especially the school children, people who worked from home and national authorities to immediately respond to Covid-19 emergency situations, thereby narrowing Sri Lanka’s digital divide

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Lingering debt-restructuring worries trigger share market volatility

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By Hiran H.Senewiratne

CSE trading was characterized by a marked degree of volatility yesterday. The CSE started trading on a positive note but by mid-day the market had turned negative, only to register some recovery during the latter part of the day. But the recovery could not be fully sustained, market analysts said. Market volatility could be traced to the worry among traders that the Chinese government is yet to respond
positively to the Sri Lankan government’s debt restructuring plan, although the Chinese Exim Bank responded positively to the IMF bailout proposition, analysts said. Stock market mid- day shares fell on
profit- taking after the market had continuously been on green after debt restructuring assurances by major creditors, an analyst said. “However, the anticipated rate cut wasn’t met and the
market over- reacted and moved to red, the analyst added.

Amid those developments both indices indicated a downward trend.The All- Share Price Index went down by 11.5 points and S and P SL20 declined by 2.78 points. Turnover stood at Rs 1.2 billion with two crossings. Those crossings were reported in Melstacorp, where 594,000 shares crossed to the tune of Rs 29.7 million, its shares traded at Rs 50 and Horana Plantations 300,000 shares crossed for Rs 21 million, and its shares traded at Rs 70. In the retail market, top seven companies that mainly contributed to the turnover were, Lanka IOC Rs 269 million (1.3 million shares traded),Softlogic Life Insurance Rs 147 million (1.3 million shares traded), Softlogic Capital Rs 122 million (eight million shares traded), LOLC Holdings Rs 71.9 million (158,000 shares traded), Expolanka Holdings Rs 54.4 million (289,000 shares traded), Browns Investments Rs 41.9 million (six million shares traded) and JKH Rs 41 million (298,000 shares traded). It is said that high net worth and institutional
investor participation was noted in Agstar, Melstacorp and JKH. Mixed interest was observed in Lanka IOC, Expolanka Holdings and LOLC Holdings, while retail interest was noted in LOLC Finance, Browns Investments and Softlogic Capital.

The Materials sector was the top contributor to the market turnover (due to Agstar), while the sector index gained 0.18 per cent. The share price of Agstar increased by 50 cents (3.23 per cent) to
close at Rs.16. The Diversified Financials sector was the second highest contributor to the market turnover (due to LOLC Holdings), while the sector index increased by 2.16 per cent. The share price of LOLC Holdings appreciated by Rs. 21.75 (5.11 per cent) to close at Rs. 447.25. During the day 41 million share volumes changed hands in 14000 transactions.

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