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Key index, market capitalisation hit new high on main bourse [ STOCK & CORPORATE ] 17/07/2017
Key index, market capitalisation hit new high on main bourse
Dhaka stocks continued to break their previous records as the prime index DSEX climbs to a new high for the second consecutive session Sunday, spurred by fresh buying spree.

DSEX, the prime index of the Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE), which replaced the DGEN in four-and-a-half-year back, continued to hold its positive momentum, adding 9.85 points more to settle at a historical high of 5,844.72 points, since its inception on January 27, 2013.

The DSE Shariah Index (DSES) also saw a fractional gain of 0.41 point to finish at 1327.41, the highest level since its introduction on January 20, 2014.

The total market cap of the DSE also rose to an all-time high of Tk 3,930 billion on the day, surpassing the previous high of Tk 3,919 billion recorded on Thursday.

Flow of new funds continued to increase as daily turnover stood at Tk 12.63 billion, an increase of 25 per cent over the previous session with textile, engineering and pharma stocks dominating the trade.

Dealers said stocks extended their record-breaking rally as investors continued to show their buying appetite on some large-cap stocks, like BATBC and GrameenPhohne (GP) which gained 2.0 per cent and 1.56 per cent respectively.

They said declining interest rate on bank deposit, possible interest cut on saving instruments, coupled with optimism of June closing year-end earnings and dividend declarations continued to prompt investors to inject fresh funds into stocks.

"The rally is intensely encouraging for investors and alluring for additional funds," said an analyst at a leading brokerage firm.

However, he advised the investors to invest carefully in a rising market and should analyse the fundamentals of securities beforehand.

The market opened with an optimistic note and the core index of the DSE rose more than 40 points within first hour trading.

Afterwards, the investors concentrated on booking short-term profits following which the index eroded most of its initial gain, finally finished ended only 9.85 points higher.

The DS30 index, comprising the blue-chips also advanced 2.21 points or 0.10 per cent to finish at 2,133.

IDLC Investment, said, "The market continued the gaining momentum adding 9.9 points to the prime index, with investors\' participation was encouraging".

The merchant bank noted that textile sector maintained its lead in turnover ladder, depending on encouraging trades in Generation Next Fashions, Dragon Sweater and Simtex Industries.

EBL Securities, stockbroker, said, "The optimistic investors spurred their buying spree on telecom, engineering, food & allied and financial institutions issues that continued to keep the session positive till end".

However, many "Z" category issues witnessed significant price hike, the stockbroker said.

Among the major sectors, telecommunication led the performance chart with 1.60 per cent gain as shares of the country\'s telecom giant Grameenphone (GP) continued its appreciation by 1.56 per cent to close at Tk 370.80 per share.

Food & allied posted the second highest gain of 1.5 per cent, as BATBC surged 2.0 per cent alone.

Engineering followed next, as investors preferred IFAD Autos and Aftab Autos, which gained 3.46 per cent and 6.10 per cent respectively.

Fuel & power, pharmaceuticals and bank faced correction of 0.46 per cent, 0.30 per cent and 0.22 per cent respectively.

Gainers outpaced losers as out of 330 issues traded, 156 gained, 142 declined and 32 remained unchanged on the DSE trading floor.

IFAD Autos led the DSE turnover chart with about 5.11 million shares worth Tk 734 million changing hands, followed by Confidence Cement, Keya Cosmetics, Doreen Power and United Power.

Confidence Cement was the day\'s highest gainer, posting 6.66 per cent gain while Nurani Dyeing was the worst loser - shedding 5.26 per cent.

The port city bourse - Chittagong Stock Exchange (CSE), too, finished higher with its Selective Categories Index - CSCX - advancing more than 13 points to settle at 10,953.

Gainers beat losers as 121 issues closed higher, 114 lower and 33 remained unchanged on the CSE.

The port city bourse traded 27.58 million shares and mutual fund units worth more than Tk 741 million in turnover.
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