KATHMANDU, Nov 3: The equity index opened firmly in green but gains remained subdued since the beginning of Wednesday’s session. After dropping slightly towards negative territory in the afternoon, a minor last minute recovery pushed the index back in green helping the index extend prior day’s advance ahead of the festive holidays. Nepse stood at 2,848.84 – up 5.22 points against the session earlier.
The bourse has continued to trade above the 2,800 psychological level on its course of a recovery towards 3,000 mark. Volumes remained moderate reflecting lack of conviction. Rs. 6.5 billion worth of equities changed hands.
Majority of sectors inched higher, while only few saw losses. Hotels & Tourism, Non-Life Insurance, Life Insurance and Investment sectors ended in red. On the other hand, Hydropower, Banking and Manufacturing & Processing stocks saw strength and rose 0.73%, 0.44% and 0.4%, respectively. All other sectors edged higher.
Shares of Nabil Bank Ltd were traded the most after the commercial bank said it will distribute 33.6% stock dividend and 4.4% cash dividend to its shareholders from FY 20/21’s earnings. Mahalaxmi Bikas Bank Ltd, Api Power Company Ltd, Arun Kabeli Power Ltd and Nepal Reinsurance Company Ltd were among other actives.
Mahalaxmi Bikas Bank Ltd, Sahas Urja Ltd and ICFC Finance Ltd saw strength and rose to hit the upper circuit level of 10%. Arun Kabeli Power Ltd, NRN Infrastructure & Development Ltd and Manushi Laghubitta Bittiya Sanstha Ltd climbed 7.5%, 7.11% and 6.1%.
On the other hand, Chhyangdi Hydropower Ltd tanked 5.59% followed by Shree Investment & Finance Co. Ltd which dipped 4.07%. Unilever Nepal Ltd, Green Life Hydropower Ltd and United Modi Hydropower Ltd fell around 3% apiece.
As per the ARKS technical analysis, the index formed a small spinning top candlestick which usually reflects uncertainty in the equity market. After highly volatile months driven by economic and financial news, the index is seeing some consolidation around 2,800 mark. Though momentum indicators point towards possibility of a recovery, investors should wait for a volume backed surge before taking any major buying positions.
This column is produced by ARKS Capital Advisors Ltd.
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