ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s shares edged down at market close on a wait and see approach waiting to get the government’s point of view on the International Monetary Fund deal alongside debt restructuring and optimization assurances, an analyst said.
The main All Share Price Index (ASPI) was down by 0.49 percent or 43.07 points to 8,780.21, while the most liquid index S&P SL20 was down 1.24 percent or 31.45 points to 2,507.71.
“Wait and see approaches have been adopted, looking for clearance and clarity on debt restructuring,” an analyst said.
Sri Lanka is making progress in an International Monetary Fund agreement but improvements have to be made, State Minister for Finance Shehan Semasinghe said.
The International Monetary Fund is in constant dialog with Sri Lanka over domestic debt restructuring plans, Senior Mission Chief Peter Breuer said.
Sri Lanka’s government is to disclose the stance on domestic debt restructuring towards the end of May, which is why investors have adopted a wait and see approach.
The market generated a revenue of 624 million rupees, bringing the daily average to 1.3 billion rupees.
Out of the turnover, Capital Goods Industry contributed 193 million rupees, Materials Industry Group contributed 119 million rupees and Food, Beverage & Tobacco Industry contributed 131 million rupees.
Top losers during trade were Expolanka, John Keells Holdings and Chevron Lubricants Lanka.
Analysts said the low volumes seen in the market are due to the debt restructuring concerns, and investors are waiting for the monetary policy review for the next month.
The market generated a foreign inflow of 232 million rupees the highest since April 25, while the net foreign inflow was 13.7 million rupees, bringing the net foreign outflow for the year to 2.3 billion rupees.
“There is foreign interest coming in ever since the country got the IMF approval and there is some economic progression,” the analyst said. (Colombo/May16/2023)