The first two days of the fresh week had seen a net inflow of over Rs. 100 million each in addition to marking the 12th straight session of such inflows.
Independent analysts remain dismayed by the lack of local investor interest when foreigners continue to be bullish, seizing attractive buying opportunities.
Softlogic Stockbrokers said the Bourse extended its bearish momentum despite the release of the monetary policy review, indicating that the current policy stance is appropriate in order to reach the growth estimates.
The benchmark index took a volatile path as it merely gained 0.08% at its intraday high of 4932.24 points yet lost ground to close with a dip of 30 points. Similarly the MPI took a sluggish trend losing 15 points as 11 out of 25 counters recorded dips.
It said diversified conglomerate John Keells Holdings, with its contributions to Monday’s net foreign inflow, secured momentum, spearheading the turnover yesterday backed by a boost following a large off-market transaction of 251,000 at Rs. 185.
Tokyo Cement, which was seen reaching a 52-week low of Rs. 27.40 recently, crept up the turnover renewing its 52-week low at Rs. 26.90. Backed by recent foreign accumulation, both its voting and non-voting shares gained interest.
The former witnessed two onboard blocks amounting to 950,000 shares being transacted at Rs. 27 while the latter saw a block of 300,000 shares being picked on board at Rs. 19.80. Both the counters closed flat at Rs. 27 and Rs. 19.80 respectively.
Softlogic also said high market calibre counter Ceylon Tobacco followed breathing in Rs. 28 million via an off-board transaction where 700,000 shares were dealt at the 52-week high block trade price of Rs. 700.
The counter closed flat at Rs. 700.10 after reaching an intra-day high of Rs. 720 (+2.9%).
Banking sector players Sampath Bank and Hatton National Bank were seen among the top slots of the turnover list. The latter gained investor interest with its earnings growth (+32% YoY, +11% QoQ) as it saw an intra-day high at Rs. 134.00 (+1.7%) whilst the former witnessed active participation closing with an appreciation of 0.6% for the day at Rs. 156.
Both counters impacted the S&P SL20 index’s slide to the green during trading hours with their respective weightages being 7.27% and 5.63% before the index closed with a marginal dip.
Renewed participation was seen in Colombo Dockyard with the majority of its volumes (25,000 shares) traded at a stagnant price of Rs. 190. Dialog Axiata regained interest during the final trading hour, registering two blocks of 1.2 million shares in total at Rs. 6, pushing up the turnover beyond the Rs. 200 million mark.
Liquid counter Piramal Glass, which witnessed some foreign selling yesterday, saw three blocks amounting to 175,000 shares across the board being dealt at Rs. 6 before closing flat at Rs. 5.30. Further, Power and
Energy sector penny stock Panasian Power recorded several sizeable blocks across the board, Softlogic Stockbrokers said.