Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Bourse edges up on foreign buying in JKH

Reuters: Stocks firmed marginally on Monday on thin volumes, but many investors stayed away, awaiting the Budget and corporate earnings.

 The Colombo Stock Exchange’s main index rose 0.13%, or 6.99 points, to end at 5,539.31.

Shares in market heavyweight John Keells Holdings PLC rose 0.91% to Rs. 211.60 on foreign buying.

 Mobile phone operator Dialog Axiata, which posted a 273% rise in net profit for the September quarter, rose 2.47% to Rs. 8.30.

“Investors are awaiting for direction from the Budget, which will show where the economy is heading,” said a stockbroker who declined to be identified.

 The Government presents the 2013 Budget on Thursday, while several companies release quarterly results from this week.

 Turnover was Rs. 161.2 million ($ 1.24 million), less than a fifth of this year’s daily average of Rs. 917 million. Foreigners bought a net Rs. 47 million worth of shares, extending the net foreign inflow this year to 34.5 billion.

 The rupee weakened to 130.43/50 to the dollar from Friday’s close of 130.30/35 on importer dollar demand, dealers said.

source - www.ft.lk

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