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Stocks Inch up in the Essential Week




Amid mixed macroeconomic updates, profit-booking pressure in some overbought stocks kept pushing the indices down last week, while the continuation of investors’ appetite for some selective trendy stocks helped indices offset those.

DSEX, the broad-based index of the Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE), closed the week 0.75pc higher at 6,564, which had a 0.7pc correction in the previous week.

The core index crossed the 6,600-mark and the single-day turnover hit a record high of Tk2,800 crore on Tuesday, but couldn’t hold the upbeat momentum as investors took a cautious stance, influenced by the gloomy earnings forecast of the major companies amid the macroeconomic adversities, EBL Securities wrote in its weekly market commentary.

The country’s foreign currency reserves dropped below $37 billion last week as the Bangladesh Bank (BB) was selling dollars to banks.

Stockbrokers, however, observed investors’ cautious optimism amid the trend that import payment pressures were easing last month due to lower fuel and capital machinery procurement.

LankaBangla Securities wrote citing the central bank, Bangladesh’s import bills fell to $5.38 billion in August from $6.79 billion a month ago. Fuel oil and capital machinery contributed more than 65% to the $1.41 billion import fall in August.

Also, a reported slowdown in apparel exports in the first 18 days of September increased investors’ caution, while remittance inflow still remains a source of hope.

Investors were busy with forecasting the upcoming earnings and following two declining sessions, the demand for oversold mid-cap stocks increased on Thursday, reflecting the increased tendency of portfolio rebalancing – booking profits to shift to other stocks.

With more trading activity, the average daily turnover on the DSE notably increased by 43pc to Tk2,022 crore last week.

Investors were most active in the pharmaceuticals and chemical sector which contributed to nearly one-fourth of the week’s turnover in the DSE, followed by miscellaneous and engineering sectors.

Travel and leisure generated the highest return last week as the sector’s total market capitalization increased by 20.5pc while following the recent gains jute sector faced the sharpest 13pc correction.

Only 86 advancing scrips, mostly mid-cap ones, offset the decline of 166 while the price of 134 scrips remained unchanged at the DSE.

In the Chittagong Stock Exchange, the broad-based index CSCX increased by 1.07pc to 11,596 last week, while CSE30, the blue-chip index of the port city bourse, inched down by 0.05% to 13,505.

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Eastland Insurance releases Q2 Financials



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One of the listed companies, Eastland Insurance Company Limited discloses its financial reports for the second quarter, (April – June 24).

The company’s earnings per share (EPS) Tk 0.27 paisa in Q2 of the current financial year (April – June 24). EPS was Tk. 0.41 for January-June 2024 as against Tk. 1.47 for the same period last year. EPS  was Tk 0.80 paisa during the same period last year. NAV per share was Tk. 20.85  as of June 30, 2024.

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Shahjalal Islami Bank reveals unchanged Q2 Financials



One of the listed companies, Shahjalal Islami Bank PLC discloses its financial reports for the second quarter, (April – June 24).

The company’s Consolidated earnings per share (EPS) Tk 1.50 paisa in Q2 of the current financial year (April – June 24). Consolidated EPS was Tk. 1.50 for January-June 2024 as against Tk. 1.47 for the same period last year. EPS  was Tk 0.80 paisa during the same period last year. Consolidated NAV per share was Tk. 20.85 as of June 30, 2024.

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Asian markets track tech-led plunge on Wall St, yen extends gains




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Asian markets tumbled Thursday after a tech-fuelled sell-off saw Wall Street tank, as disappointing earnings caused traders to panic that a months-long rally in the sector may have been overdone.

Tokyo’s Nikkei led the retreat in equities, with a stronger yen adding to the downward pressure on exporters, while technology giants across the region were deep in the red.

Global stocks have pushed ever higher this year — with New York’s three main indexes hitting multiple records — with tech titans such as Alphabet and chip makers such as Nvidia and TSMC boosted by an explosion of interest in all things linked to artificial intelligence.

The rallies have been helped by blockbuster profits and upbeat outlooks, causing investors to pile more cash in owing to a fear of missing out.

However, with valuations pushing to dizzying heights, analysts have been warning about retreat, and Tuesday’s earnings from Tesla and Google-parent Alphabet provided a selling opportunity.

Tesla said profits fell 45 percent in the second quarter owing to price cuts and aggressive AI investment and while Alphabet beat forecasts, results from YouTube were less upbeat.

The two firms are part of the so-called “Magnificent Seven” tech kings who have been key to the driving gains in markets this year. Tesla shed 12.3 percent and Alphabet gave up five percent.

All three main indexes on Wall Street tumbled, with the Nasdaq shedding more than three percent and the S&P 500 down more than two percent in its worst day since December 2022.

“Investors are now facing the pressing question: How long will it take for these massive investments by hyperscalers to start delivering over-the-top results?” asked analyst Stephen Innes.

“Patience is becoming the new flag-bearer for recent tech stockholders as they wait for these tech bets to pay off,” he added in his Dark Side Of The Boom newsletter.

Asia followed suit, with tech firms among the big losers — Seoul’s SK Hynix dived more than eight percent at one point despite strong earnings, while in Tokyo Sony was off more than four percent and SoftBank more than seven percent.

Hong Kong and Shanghai fell even after a surprise cut in a key rate by the Chinese central bank.

Sydney, Seoul, Singapore, Wellington, Manila and Jakarta were also well in the red.

The Nikkei in Tokyo tumbled more than three percent at one point.

Hideyuki Suzuki, senior analyst at SBI Securities, told AFP that “falls in the US tech sector — especially a plunge in Tesla shares, and disappointing Alphabet earnings — as well as a stronger yen weighed on the market.”

The boom in electric vehicle sales is slowing, and “excessive expectations for AI and other technologies are being corrected,” he said.

However, he added that “it’s not that economic fundamentals are worsening, so shares may rebound after” Japanese and US central bank meetings.

“The yen is higher on speculation that the Bank of Japan may hike interest rates” at its meeting next week, but views are divided, Suzuki said.

The yen extended a rally against the dollar that has been underway in recent weeks, having hit a nearly four-decade low near 162 at the start of this month.

The Japanese unit strengthened to as much as 152.65 per dollar at one point, with Innes saying “traders seem to have shifted from squaring short yen positions to taking long yen bets” ahead of the meeting.

Market watchers are divided on whether Japan’s central bank will raise interest rates again as officials look to normalise their longstanding ultra-loose monetary policy.

– Key figures around 0230 GMT –

Tokyo – Nikkei 225: DOWN 2.5 percent at 38,165.19 (break)

Hong Kong – Hang Seng Index: DOWN 1.5 percent at 17,058.26

Shanghai – Composite: DOWN 0.9 percent at 2,875.61

Euro/dollar: DOWN at $1.0839 from $1.0842 on Wednesday

Pound/dollar: DOWN at $1.2890 from $1.2905

Dollar/yen: DOWN at 152.89 yen from 153.99 yen

Euro/pound: UP at 84.09 pence at 84.08 pence

West Texas Intermediate: DOWN 0.4 percent at $77.30 per barrel

Brent North Sea Crude: DOWN 0.4 percent at $81.40 per barrel

New York – Dow: DOWN 1.3 percent at 39,853.87 (close)

London – FTSE 100: DOWN 0.2 percent at 8,153.69 (close)

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