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Stocks end lower as major sectors slump

FE Online Report | Published: February 10, 2019 15:32:05 | Updated: February 11, 2019 11:19:59


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Stocks slipped back to the red on Sunday as risk-averse investors went on selling binge on large-cap shares.

Market analysts said stocks fell as investors opted for booking profit on stocks which saw sharp gains in recent price upsurge.

The market started on positive note in the morning but could not maintain the trend as the session progressed amid selling pressure on large-cap shares.

At the end of the session, DSEX, the prime index of the Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE), settled at 5,763, losing 48.18 points or 0.82 per cent over the previous day.

Two other indices also ended lower. The DS30 index, comprising blue chips, fell 1.41 points to finish at 2,024. The DSES (Shariah) index also lost 3.12 points to settle at 1,320.

Turnover, another important indicator of the market, stood at Tk 8.12 billion against Tk 7.72 billion in the previous day.

The losers took a strong lead over the gainers, as out of 348 issues traded, 247 closed lower, 72 ended higher, and 29 remained unchanged on the DSE trading floor.

United Power topped the day’s turnover chart with 1.62 million shares worth Tk 665 million changing hands, closely followed by Monno Ceramic, Fortune Shoes, Bangladesh Submarine Cable Company, and Legacy Footwear.

The port city bourse, Chittagong Stock Exchange (CSE), also closed lower with the CSE All Share Price Index – CASPI – losing 205 points to settle at 17,575 while the Selective Categories Index – CSCX – shedding 125 points to finish at 10,632.

The losers also beat the gainers at the port city bourse as 189 issues ended lower, 66 higher, and 22 remained unchanged.

The CSE traded 8.23 million shares and mutual fund units worth more than Tk 266 million in turnover.

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