Morning plain downward sail was diverted with the ASPI seen on a sudden recovery by noon. Having dipped as much as 53.92 points by 12.00 noon, market reached a high of 6,345.47 points by 2.00 pm but thereafter again slid down to translate today’s trade as volatile.
Investors’ questions should now be rephrased from whether it is the right time to invest to ‘How long should I be investing to attain my financial goals and how much should be invested periodically (Systematic Investment Plan) over a longer period of time’. Facts have always supplemented that investment over a longer time period have been fruitful with the secret only lying with investing in the right stocks.
The mid-low index counters fell back into market’s trend. Though moving in very light volumes, the penny stock drive supported the afternoon index recovery with only one mid-sized crossing registered during the day. HVA Foods led the speculative herd as it closed with a 3.4% gain after three days of consecutive losses. Colombo Land & Developments along with Blue Diamonds [Voting & Non-Voting] and East West Properties followed the string of active penny stocks. However, silent accumulation in the steady lot continued with buying interest emerging in Carsons Cumberbatch, Brown & Co, Ceylon Tobacco, United Motors and Ceylon Guardian Investments.
Foreign interest persisted in John Keells Holdings as the counter registered two heavy transactions of around 100k shares and 149.2 k shares being taken off in the market at LKR193.0.Chevron Lubricants witnessed the day’s sole crossing of 150k shares being traded at LKR170.0. Piramal Glass saw some renewed investor participation during the day as the counter closed flat for the day after gaining as much as 1.3%, with around 4.5mn shares being traded in total.
A counter which witnessed a lot of quiet accumulation in recent days, Vallibel One, joined in the list of the counters trading below their IPO price after closing below its IPO price of LKR25.0 at LKR24.7. Among the finance sector players, Sampath Bank encountered some buying interest whilst both the voting and non-voting shares of Commercial Bank were seen hitting new 52-week lows of LKR106.0 and LKR72.2.
European stock slid with Italian-German bond yield spread widen but Asian stocks rose first time in three days :With the ease of Chinese inflation to 5.5% in October coupled with the pledge to resign by the Italian Prime Minister led the MSCI Asia Pacific Index rally 1% today (at around 1.00 pm, Tokyo). Around two shares advanced for every two that fell in the index. With the fall in unemployment rates in South Korea, the South Korean won also rose strongly.
The Stoxx Europe 600 Index declined 0.6% after climbing as much as 1% in the early hours (at around 9:08 am in London). Italian stocks dropped in specific with news about the country’s Italian Prime Minister planning to step down. Banks were among the main losers. The Italian-German bond yield spreads widened to 500 basis points reasoned out markets’ dip.
Oil concluded its longest five-day rally with crude for December delivery seen at USD96.55 in New York Mercantile Exchange, at around 9.02 am in London. It was seen gaining as much as 52 cents to USD97.32 per barrel. The market is to pay close attention to US fuel weekly inventory numbers whilst also watching on developments in the Middle East before going short.
By Arrenga Capital