Global financial markets took a sharp nosedive on Tuesday as investors grew increasingly anxious about the possibility of another interest rate hike in the United States. Concerns were compounded by worries that these elevated rates might persist to combat stubbornly high inflation.
Despite a brief rebound on Wall Street, early Asian trading saw the dollar strengthen even further, driven by a surge in US Treasury yields to their highest levels in 16 years. This development reignited fears that the world’s largest economy could slip into a recession.
Adding to the uncertainty, lawmakers in Washington struggled to reach an agreement on spending, raising the specter of a government shutdown. This political deadlock prompted warnings that it could negatively impact the US credit rating. The recent surge in oil prices further fueled concerns that central banks’ efforts to curb inflation might be derailed after over a year of tightening measures.
Last week, the US Federal Reserve indicated that it could raise borrowing costs once again before the year’s end. This announcement dealt a blow to many market participants who had hoped that the interest rate hike in July would be the last for a while. Additionally, policymakers hinted that rates might need to remain at their highest levels in over two decades for an extended period.
Market analysts from the BlackRock Investment Institute believe that “rates will stay high” and that Treasury yields could continue to climb. They suggest that rising long-term bond yields reflect the market’s adjustment to increased macro and market volatility. The prevailing sentiment, as noted by National Australia Bank’s Tapas Strickland, is that rates will remain elevated for an extended period, reflecting the Federal Reserve’s stance.
In early Asian trading, major stock markets including Tokyo, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Seoul, Singapore, Sydney, Taipei, and Wellington all experienced declines, reflecting the uncertainty gripping investors. The situation in China’s property sector also raised concerns, with the troubled developer Evergrande announcing that it had missed an onshore bond repayment.
On the currency front, the dollar remained near 11-month highs against the yen, prompting Japanese authorities to express their willingness to intervene if the dollar’s ascent becomes excessive. However, analysts do not anticipate a significant strengthening of the yen, given the Bank of Japan’s commitment to its ultra-loose monetary policy.
The ongoing political standoff in Washington, where hardline Republicans in the House of Representatives have blocked key spending bills, is causing unease among investors. If an agreement is not reached by the weekend, it could lead to a government shutdown, a scenario that Moody’s warns would have negative implications for the US’s top-tier credit rating.
Dhaka Bourse Sustains Winning Streak
Dhaka Stock Exchange DSE, Bourse on the second working day of the week, December 4, ended with price Index & turnover hikes. This information is known from DSE sources.
491 crore 78 lakh shares were traded on this day. 142 crore 77 lakh more trading was done in DSE today compared to the previous workday, 30 November, Shares worth Tk 349 crores 1 lakh shares were traded last time, Sunday.
The benchmark DSEX added 12.45 points or 6,244 The Shariah-based index DSES gained 1.92 points or 1,357, and the blue-chip index DS30 increased by 5.69 points or 2,114.
Of the issues traded, 107 advanced, 49 declined and 169 remained unchanged.
Bangladesh Autocars Limited ranked top gainer on DSE, the share price increased by Tk 13.10 paisa or 9.95 percent. On this day, the share was last traded at Tk 144.70 paisa.
Jute Spinners Limited ranked top loser on the DSE, the share price dropped by Tk 13.50 paisa or 4.13 percent. On this day, the share was last traded at Tk 313.10 paisa.
DSE topped on trade is Khulna Printing and Packaging Limited 27 crore 24 lakh takas of shares of the company have been traded.
A total of 54 companies’ shares were traded in the Block on the Dhaka Stock Exchange, 37 lakh 64 thousand 536 shares of the companies were traded. The financial value of which is 28 crore taka.
BSEC Undergoes Major Restructuring
The Bangladesh Securities and Exchange Commission (BSEC) has undergone significant restructuring, bringing about substantial changes in the responsibilities of officials from commissioners to assistant directors. According to BSEC sources, this restructuring involves the reassignment of two commissioners, four executive directors, eight directors, two additional directors, and eight assistant directors to different departments.
As per BSEC, Professor Dr. Sheikh Shamsuddin Ahmed, the Commissioner has been assigned the responsibility of the Division of Issuer Companies Affairs, Corporate Finance, and Financial Literacy Division within the Market and Intermediaries Affairs Division. On the other hand, the Chief Accountant Division’s responsibility has been given to another BSEC Commissioner, M. Abdul Halim.
Additionally, Abdul Halim has been entrusted with the Market Intelligence and Investigation Division and Derivatives Division. Meanwhile, he will also oversee the duties of the Chief Accountant Division. BSEC Chairman Professor Shibli Rubayat-Ul-Islam will directly oversee the Administration and Finance Division and the Commission’s Secretariat Division.
Mohammad Anwarul Islam, the Executive Director of BSEC, has been assigned the responsibilities of the Derivatives and Research and Development Divisions. Simultaneously, he will be responsible for the Investment Management Division. Executive Director Mohammad Rezaul Karim will oversee the responsibilities of the Compliance Division in addition to his existing role in the Legal Division. Executive Director Mohammad Shafiul Azam has been assigned to the Financial Literacy Division. Executive Director Mohammad Jahangir Alam has been given charge of the Market and Intermediaries Affairs Division. Besides, the responsibilities of eight directors, two additional directors and eight assistant directors of BSEC have been redistributed.
BSEC Secretary Division’s responsibilities have been assigned to Director General Muhammad Mahmudul Haque. Director General Pradip Kumar Basak will continue to oversee the responsibilities of the Administration and Finance Division, with additional duties in the Accounts and Finance Department. Director General Mohammad Abul Kalam will manage the responsibilities of the Division of Issuer Companies Affairs, alongside his role as the Chief Accountant of the Division. Director General Md. Mansoor Rahman has been assigned the responsibility of the existing Issuer Company Affairs Division as well as the Market and Intermediaries Affairs Division. Director Mohammad Abul Hasan has been given the responsibility of the Investment Management Division and Derivatives Division.
The Division of Derivatives and the Derivatives Division will be led by Director General Sheikh Mahbubur Rahman. Furthermore, Director General Abu Rayhan Mohammad Mutasim will be in charge of the Internal Audit and Compliance Division, in addition to his role in the Research and Development Division. Director General Mohammad Fakhrul Islam Mojumdar will assume responsibilities for the Corporate Finance Division and the Enforcement Division. Lastly, Director General Mohammad Fakhrul Islam Majumder will head the Corporate Finance Division and the Enforcement Division.
Index Hikes Amidst Slow Turnover in Dhaka Bourse
Dhaka Stock Exchange DSE, Bourse on the first working day of the week, December 3, ended with price Index hikes & turnover drops. This information is known from DSE sources.
349 crore 1 lakh shares were traded on this day. 39 crore 47 lakh less trading was done in DSE today compared to the previous workday, 30 November, Shares worth Tk 388 crores 69 lakh shares were traded last time, Thursday.
The benchmark DSEX added 8.91 points or 6,231 The Shariah-based index DSES gained 2.12 points or 1,355, and the blue-chip index DS30 increased by 0.15 points or 2,108.
Of the issues traded, 93 advanced, 48 declined and 181 remained unchanged.
Khulna Printing & PAckaging Limited ranked top gainer on DSE, the share price increased by Tk 2.70 paisa or 10.00 percent. On this day, the share was last traded at Tk 29.70 paisa.
Zeal Bangla Sugar Mills Limited ranked top loser on the DSE, the share price dropped by Tk 8.40 paisa or 5.53 percent. On this day, the share was last traded at Tk 143.40 paisa.
DSE topped on trade is Emerald Oil Indutries Limited 18 crore 20 lakh takas of shares of the company have been traded.
A total of 46 companies’ shares were traded in the Block on the Dhaka Stock Exchange, 34 lakh 27 thousand 167 shares of the companies were traded. The financial value of which is 16 crore 70 lakh taka.
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