Share prices at the country’s premier bourse closed flat on Monday, as risk-averse investors opted for booking profits on quick-gaining stocks.
DSEX, the benchmark index of the Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE), went down by 12.35 points or 0.22 per cent to settle at 5,485.Two other indices also ended marginally higher. The DS30 index, comprising blue chips, advanced 8.21 points or 0.39 per cent to close at 2,125 and the Shariah Index (DSES) rose 7.07 points or 0.56 per cent to finish at 1,262.
Turnover on the DSE rose to Tk 11.96 billion, which was 0.58 per cent higher than the previous day’s turnover of Tk 11.89 billion.
Out of 354 issues traded, 102 advanced, 191 declined and 62 issues remained unchanged on the DSE trading floor.
A total number of 162,477 trades were executed in the day’s trading session with a trading volume of 267.27 million shares and mutual fund units.
Beximco — the flagship company of Beximco Group — continued to dominate the turnover chart with shares worth about Tk 1.39 billion changing hands, followed by LankaBangla Finance (Tk 721 million), Beximco Pharma (Tk 690 million), GBB Power (Tk 344 million), BD Finance (Tk 336 million) and Lankabangla Finance (Tk 329 million).
AFC Agro Biotech was the day’s top gainer, posting a 10 per cent gain while Prime Bank was the worst loser, losing 8.72 per cent.The Chittagong Stock Exchange (CSE) also ended marginally higher with the CSE All Share Price Index – CASPI –dropping 38 points to settle at 15,828 and the Selective Categories Index – CSCX declining 23.06 points to close at 9,549.
Of the issues traded, 73 advanced, 134 declined and 48 remained unchanged on the CSE.
The port city’s bourse traded 12.16 million shares and mutual fund units with turnover value of Tk 719 million.