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Chairman of the Bangladesh Securities and Exchange Commission (BSEC), Professor Shibli Rubayat-Ul-Islam, has called upon investors to remain calm following the recent decision to implement a floor price in the stock market. The floor price was reinstated last Thursday (January 18) as part of efforts to stabilize the securities market. Addressing concerns among investors, the BSEC Chairman emphasized the need for the capital market to maintain stability and facilitate further development.

Professor Shibli Rubayat-Ul-Islam told Orthosongbad that the imposition of the floor price on the stock exchange had been previously employed to uphold the trajectory of the stock market. The recent decision aligns with the ongoing efforts to enhance and diversify the development of the share market. He urged investors not to be alarmed by the decision, emphasizing its temporary nature and the potential positive impact on market dynamics.

Furthermore, the Chairman highlighted the importance of foreign investors’ contributions to the stock exchange, indicating a growing interest from foreign entities in investing in the Bangladeshi stock market. He expressed the expectation that these foreign investments would contribute to making the market more vibrant. Professor Shibli Rubayat-Ul-Islam assured investors that the regulatory authorities are focused on maintaining a forward-looking market with increased global participation.

BSEC Chairman, Professor Shibli Rubayat-Ul-Islam, has reassured investors and called for confidence in the country’s stock market, emphasizing the collective commitment of organizations, including Bangladesh Bank and the government, to work together for the development of the capital market. Following the recent decision to implement a floor price, aimed at stabilizing the stock market, Professor Shibli Rubayat-Ul-Islam urged general investors not to be unduly alarmed and to keep an eye on the broader development of the Bangladesh Securities and Exchange Commission (BSEC).

On a related note, the top executives of leading brokerages in the stock market, organized under the banner of the CEO Forum, are set to convene tomorrow (January 21). The meeting, scheduled for 9 a.m., will discuss recent market conditions, with a particular focus on the imposition of the floor price from the perspective of various companies’ shares. The President of the CEO Forum, Md. Sayadur Rahman, confirmed that the discussion would address recent market dynamics, especially the impact of the floor price on a significant number of company shares.

Speaking on the matter, Professor Shibli Rubayat-Ul-Islam stated that despite the floor price imposition, there is no reason for undue concern. The overall political stability in the country has improved, remittance flows have returned to a positive trajectory, and the national economy is gradually recovering from the effects of the pandemic. He mentioned that the prices of shares of many companies reflect a certain level of economic stability.

The Chairman reassured investors that the imposition of the floor price is a temporary measure aimed at preventing panic selling and stabilizing the market. He urged investors to focus on the broader economic development and not be unduly affected by the short-term adjustments.

Furthermore, Professor Shibli Rubayat-Ul-Islam highlighted the collective efforts of the Bangladesh Bank, the government, and other regulatory bodies to work towards the development of the capital market. He expressed hope that foreign investments would contribute to making the market more dynamic and vibrant.

In a separate meeting with the Governor of Bangladesh Bank, Abdul Rouf Talukder, and the Chairman of the Bangladesh Securities and Exchange Commission (BSEC), Professor Shibli Rubayat-Ul-Islam, discussions were held on various issues related to the country’s stock market and the broader economy. The participants emphasized the need for coordinated efforts to facilitate the rapid development of the stock market. Topics such as increasing the liquidity of listed banks through the stock market and enhancing the contribution of bank accounts to the stock market were also discussed.

The recent decision to impose a floor price on shares of 35 companies while exempting others from the directive was made to address continuous declines in share prices. The regulatory authorities are keen on ensuring market stability and preventing further erosion of investor confidence.

Although floor price measures have been implemented in the stock market, they will remain effective for 35 companies. The companies include Anwar Galvanizing, Baraka Power, Beximco, BATBC, BSCCL, BSRM Limited, BSRM Steel, Confidence Cement, DBH, Doreen Power, Envoy Textile, Grameenphone, HR Textile, IDLC, Index Agro, Islami Bank, KDS Limited, KPCL, Kattali Textile, Malek Spinning, Meghna Petroleum, National Housing Finance, National Polymer, Orion Pharma, Padma Oil, Renata, Robi, Saiham Cotton, Shasha Denims, Sonali Paper, Sonar Bangla Insurance, Shinepukur Ceramics, Shahjibazar Power, Summit Power, and United Power.

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Bearish Market Ends Week at Tk664 crore Turnover

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Dhaka Stock Exchange DSE, Bourse on the last working day of the week, 11th July, ended with a losing performance in Indices and Turnover from the previous working session. This information is known from DSE sources.

664 crore 28 lakh taka shares were traded on this day. 51 crore 85 lakh less tradings were done in DSE today compared to the previous workday, July 10th, Shares worth Tk 967 crores 22 lakh shares were traded last time, Wednesday.

The benchmark DSEX decreased 61.66 points or 5,506 The Shariah-based index DSES lost 11.94 points or 1,207 and the blue-chip index DS30 dropped by 15.77 points or 1,942.

Of the issues traded, 36 advanced, 343 declined and 18 remained unchanged.

Global Heavy Chemicals Limited ranked top gainer on DSE, the share price increased by Tk 4.30 paisa or 9.89 percent. On this day, the share was last traded at Tk 47.80 paisa.

BBS Cables PLC ranked top loser on the DSE, the share price dropped by Tk 0.90 paisa or 3.00 percent. On this day, the share was last traded at Tk 29.10 paisa.

DSE topped on trade is Sea Pearl Beach Resort & Spa Limited 24 crore 50 lakh takas of company shares have been traded.

A total of 48 companies’ shares were traded in the Block on Dhaka Stock Exchange. A total of 2 crore 3 lakh 86 thousand 241 shares of the companies were traded. The financial value of which is 35 crore taka.

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Asian markets track Wall St records after Powell hints at rate cut

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Asian stocks on Thursday tagged along with a Wall Street rally that saw another round of record highs as bets on a September interest rate hike surged following comments by Federal Reserve boss Jerome Powell.

The advances also saw Hong Kong and Shanghai push higher after struggling in recent weeks over worries about the Chinese economy, with investors awaiting a key Communist Party meeting next week.

On a second day of testimony to lawmakers, Powell said decision-makers would not wait until inflation had hit the bank’s two percent target before loosening monetary policy, adding: “If you waited that long, you’ve probably waited too long.”

His remarks came before the release of the latest consumer price index reading on Thursday, which is expected to show a further slowdown.

Traders ramped up bets on the Fed reducing borrowing costs in two months’ time, with analysts saying Powell was telegraphing to markets that the decision had been made.
The comments soothed recent fears among investors that officials might keep rates at their two-decade high for some time owing to a still strong labour market and inflation staying stubbornly above two percent.

The S&P 500 ended with a sixth straight record, while the Nasdaq also finished at an all-time peak.

And the upbeat mood filtered through to Asia, where Hong Kong jumped more than one percent, while Tokyo, Shanghai, Sydney, Seoul, Singapore, Wellington, Taipei, Manila and Wellington also rose.

Eyes are also turning to the start of China’s Third Plenum gathering on Monday, where top officials including President Xi Jinping are expected to discuss ways to kickstart the world’s number two economy in the face of an ongoing property crisis and geopolitical issues.

However, while there is hope for some sort of major policy announcement, commentators remain cautious.

Andrew Batson, of Beijing-based consultancy Gavekal Dragonomics, told AFP he did not expect a “fundamental departure from the course Xi has already laid out”, in which technological self-sufficiency and national security outweigh economic growth.

Nomura’s Ting Lu added that the meeting was “intended to generate and discuss big, long-term ideas and structural reforms instead of making short-term policy adjustments”.

Economic growth in the first quarter of the year came in above forecasts and is tipped to top the government’s five percent goal for April-June, but the meeting comes amid ongoing concerns that officials are not providing enough support.

Taylor Nugent at National Australia Bank warned: “Further monetary policy easing is constrained by a reluctance to allow further depreciation in the renminbi, and expectations are low for any big policy shift at the Third Plenum.”

– Key figures around 0230 GMT –

Tokyo – Nikkei 225: UP 0.8 percent at 42,179.84 (break)

Hong Kong – Hang Seng Index: UP 1.3 percent at 17,697.76

Shanghai – Composite: UP 0.8 percent at 2,962.89

Euro/dollar: UP at $1.0840 from $1.0833 on Wednesday

Pound/dollar: UP at $1.2862 from $1.2848

Dollar/yen: DOWN at 161.58 yen from 161.71 yen

Euro/pound: DOWN at 84.27 pence from 84.29 pence

West Texas Intermediate: UP 0.8 percent at $82.79 per barrel

Brent North Sea Crude: UP 0.9 percent at $85.81 per barrel

New York – Dow: UP 1.1 percent at 39,721.36 (close)

London – FTSE 100: UP 0.7 percent at 8,193.51 (close)

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Dhaka Stock Exchange DSE, Bourse on the fourth working day of the week, 10th July, ended with a losing performance in Indices and Turnover from the previous working session. This information is known from DSE sources.

967 crore 22 lakh taka shares were traded on this day. 51 crore 85 lakh less tradings were done in DSE today compared to the previous workday, July 9th, Shares worth Tk 1 thousand 19 crores 8 lakh shares were traded last time, Tuesday.

The benchmark DSEX decreased 26.19 points or 5,568 The Shariah-based index DSES lost 3.84 points or 1,223 and the blue-chip index DS30 dropped by 6.40 points or 1,958.

Of the issues traded, 98 advanced, 266 declined and 30 remained unchanged.

GQ Ballpen Limited ranked top gainer on DSE, the share price increased by Tk 12.60 paisa or 9.97 percent. On this day, the share was last traded at Tk 139.00 paisa.

Purabi General Insurance Company Limited ranked top loser on the DSE, the share price dropped by Tk 0.80 paisa or 2.99 percent. On this day, the share was last traded at Tk 25.90 paisa.

DSE topped on trade is Beach Hatchery Limited 39 crore 16 lakh takas of company shares have been traded.

A total of 46 companies’ shares were traded in the Block on Dhaka Stock Exchange. A total of 2 crore 4 lakh 43 thousand 104 shares of the companies were traded. The financial value of which is 44 crore 30 lakh taka.

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