Dhaka stocks dropped in the past week as investors went for share sales ahead of the initial public offering subscription of the country’s second largest telecom company, Robi.
DSEX, the key index of the Dhaka Stock Exchange, lost 0.75 per cent, or 37.09 points, over the past week to close at 4,905.04 points on November 12, the last trading session of the week after gaining 96.02 points in the previous week.
The core index lost in most sessions of the past week as investors went for share sales ahead of the IPO subscription of Robi Axiata.
Investors were keen on reserving funds for the company’s IPO subscription which would commence on Tuesday.
The IPO subscription of Crystal Insurance also started on November 10 and would continue until November 16 while bidding for Index Agro Industries shares ended on November 4.
A string of IPO subscriptions within a short time put pressure on the secondary market as a large amount of funds remained stuck on the primary market.
EBL Securities in its daily market commentary said, ‘Several investors have been disposing of their current position to join the forthcoming IPO subscriptions which kept the market depressed for the past few sessions.’
According to the DSE data, around 70 companies became stuck at the floor price over the week while the number stood at around five or six a month ago.
The Bangladesh Securities and Exchange Commission introduced the floor price system on March 19 to check the free-fall on the market amid the COVID-19 outbreak in the country.
Shares of Beximco, Beximco Pharmaceuticals and BRAC Bank advanced over the week.
Share prices of two Beximco companies surged for the second week after the health and family welfare ministry, Beximco Pharmaceuticals and the Serum Institute of India signed a deal on November 5 to buy 30 million doses of the Oxford University vaccine being developed by AstraZeneca.
Mutual funds dominated the market over the week, capturing 18.3 per cent of the week’s total turnover. The sector advanced by 11.4 per cent over the past week.
Nine of the 10 highest gainers in the past week were from mutual funds.
Before mutual funds, the insurance sector dominated the market for the last couple of months.
The dominance of the two sectors has destabilised the market in recent months.
Average share prices of non-bank financial institution, textile, general insurance and pharmaceutical sectors dropped by 3.8 per cent, 3.0 per cent, 2.9 per cent and 0.5 per cent respectively.
Alongside mutual funds, share prices of engineering and bank sectors advanced by 9.3 per cent and 0.5 per cent respectively.
Daily average turnover on the DSE increased to Tk 911.28 crore in the past week compared with Tk 844.49 crore in the previous week.
Out of the 359 issues traded in the past week, 188 declined, 103 advanced and 70 remained unchanged.
DSE’s blue-chip index DS30 dropped by 0.81 per cent, or 14.05 points, to finish at 1,711.6 points.
DSES, Shariah index of the bourse, shed 0.27 per cent, or 3.03 points, over the past week to close at 1,117.44 points.
Beximco Pharmaceuticals led the turnover chart with shares worth Tk 439.42 crore traded last week.
Bangladesh Export Import Company, Asia Insurance, BRAC Bank, Associated Oxygen, Walton Hi-Tech Industries, Asia Pacific Insurance, ADN Telecom, Nitol Insurance and Northern Islami Insurance were the other turnover leaders.
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