Nepse ends week 3.51 points lower

- Post Report, Kathmandu

Jan 31, 2016-

Nepal Stock Exchange (Nepse) last week lost dipped 3.51 points to close at 1,216.11 points.The market that opened at 1,219.62 points on Sunday rose to its all-time high of 1,222.43 points on Monday before losing points for rest of the

week. The week’s biggest fall came on Tuesday, when the benchmark index lost 4.04 points.

Stockbrokers termed the drop in the index “market correction after heavy rise”. “It is normal for the market to drop after surging to record highs,” said Megh Nath Upadhyaya, managing director of Primo Securities.He said almost all indicators were positive. “Banks have been offering loans against shares at low interest rates and investor confidence is rising, which will push the market further higher in the coming days,” Upadhyaya said.

Parmeshwor Bhakta Malla, managing director of Malla & Malla Stock Broking Company, echoed Upadhyaya. “As the transaction has fallen lately, the market correction could continue for the next few days before the market gains stability,” he said.

Of the nine trading groups, only three posted gains. The group representing manufacturing companies (up 51.27 points) was the top gainer, followed by development banks and finance companies.Insurance companies’ group (down 40.85 points) led the losers’ side, including hydropower companies, hotels, others and commercial banks. The trading group remained stable at 201.38 points.

The sensitive index that measures the performance of ‘A’ class companies lost 0.66 points to close at 261.58 points.The overall market transaction dropped 12.68 percent to Rs2.18 billion, while the number of shares traded came down to 3,444,117 from 3,758,610 units.

Sanima Bank topped in terms of both transaction volume (Rs136.7 million) and number of shares traded (190,000 units). Meanwhile, the exchange listed 300,000 bonus shares of First Microfinance Development Bank and 510,988 primary shares of Shikhar Insurance.

TOP FIVE COMPANIES IN TERMS OF TURNOVER

Company                         Turnover (in Rs. millions)

Sanima Bank                   136.78

Nepal Life Insurance       116.92

Nepal Invest Bank (pro’ shares) 101.25

National Life Insurance                 93.46

Global IME Bank                              84.97

SECTORS THAT WENT UP

Sector                                      Points Gained

Manufacturing                         51.27

Development Banks               7.04

Finance Companies               0.2

SECTORS THAT went down

Sector                                   Points Lost

Insurance Companies        40.85

Hydropower Companies    15.95

Hotels                                      6.76

Others                                      5.87

Commercial Banks                4.76

Published: 31-01-2016 09:42

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