KATHMANDU, July 11: Stocks maintained positive bias since the beginning of Sunday’s trading session. The Nepal Stock Exchange (Nepse) index shot up by more than 40 points in the morning before registering a slight correction. Nonetheless, stocks continued to see strength in the latter trading hours. At the close, Nepse rose 74.71 points recouping its July losses to settle at 2,899.82.
After consolidation for multiple trading sessions around 2,800 mark, the market witnessed enthusiasm from investors. Further, with finance, development bank and hydropower stocks witnessing sharp losses from Mid-June, traders also took heavy buying positions in such stocks driving the broader market higher. Market participation also jumped as quarter end selling pressure has subsided of late. Over Rs. 8 billion worth of shares changed hands on the day, the bourse’s highest turnover in the month of July.
Finance and Development Bank stocks rallied sharply pushing the respective sub-indices more than 8% higher. Life Insurance sub-index jumped 2.92% followed by Hydropower sub-index which added 2.88%. All other stocks closed the day firmly higher. Heavyweight banking sector rose 2.34% on average.
NIC Asia Bank Ltd was the most actively traded stock of the day. The commercial bank registered a turnover of Rs. 400 million. Nabil Bank Ltd and Nepal Bank Ltd followed suit with turnovers of Rs. 258 million and RS. 244 million. Nepal Infrastructure Bank Ltd, Manjushree Finance Ltd and Himalayan Distillery Ltd posted transactions of Rs. 187 million, Rs. 177 million and Rs. 176 miillion, respectively.
Mainly, finance stocks dominated the list of gainers. Gurkhas Finance Ltd, Shree Investment & Finance Co. Ltd and ICFC Finance Ltd rallied exactly 10%. Shine Resunga Development Bank Ltd, Multipurpose Finance Ltd, Samriddhi Finance Company Ltd, Mahalaxmi Bikas Bank Ltd and Shangrila Development Bank Ltd rallied more than 9%.
On the other hand, Corporate Development Bank Ltd corrected sharply and fell 3.75%. Oriental Hotels Ltd, Upper Tamakoshi Hydropower Ltd and Nepal Telecom Ltd also saw modest losses.
As per the ARKS technical analysis, the index formed a strong bullish candlestick suggesting buying pressure on Sunday. Further, a jump in turnover also reflects momentum favoring buyers in the present context. As the index closed exactly at psychological 2,900 mark, the index’s reaction to the level will be crucial to determine the upcoming move of the stock market. Both Relative Strength Index (RSI) and Moving Average Convergence Divergence (MACD) suggest slight shift in momentum towards bulls. A sustained trading above 2,900 with notable volumes can see the market stretch uptrend further.
This column is produced by ARKS Capital Advisors Ltd.
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