ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka shares fell on Thursday as profit taking entered the market mainly on financial and diversified sectors, brokers said.
The main All Share Price Index (ASPI) fell 0.13 percent or 11.50 points to close at 8,926.56.
“The market was trading on dull trade mainly due to profit taking,” an analyst said.
“Also we saw investors taking a sideline as quarterly reports started to come”.
The earnings in the first quarter of 2023 are expected to be negative with revised up taxes and an imminent electricity tariff hike.
Earnings in the second quarter are expected to be more positive with the anticipation of IMF loan and possible reduction in the market interest rates as the tax revenue has started to generate funds.
The central bank’s policy decision was expected and investors have been eying on IMF deal with hopes of rapid economic recovery from the current unprecedented economic crisis, however since the market gained in the last sessions profit taking has come about, analysts said.
The market has been on a rising trend on the hopes of a faster IMF deal. However, the central bank government said the IMF deal is likely in the quarter or in the first month of the second quarter.
The most liquid index S&P SL20 fell 0.33 percent or 9.21 points to 2,798.
LOLC had seen some attention by investors as the firm disposed 90,256,750 shares held with Agstar PLC at 15-17.50 rupees a share.
The market witnessed a turnover of 1.2 billion rupees, lower than the month’s daily average of 1.9 billion rupees.
Expolanka dragging the market down closed 2.36 percent down at 186.7 rupees a share. Sampath bank fell 1.41 percent to close at 42 rupees a share while Royal Ceramic Lanka closed 2.59 percent dwn at 30.1 rupees a share.