Banking, Engineering, Textile sector dominate turnover chart
Stocks finished almost flat Wednesday after see-saw movement throughout the session as investors booked some profits with cautious positioning. As per the Market Analysts, the market ended flat as a section of investor bagged profit while some others were busy rebalancing portfolio ahead of earnings and dividend declarations of financial sectors. According to a broker, the investors from both sides of the trading fence were active throughout the trading session amid current volatile market sisuation. The market moved significantly between red and green as the days wore on with intra-day volatility was more than 25 points. After witnessing volatility, DSEX, the prime index of the Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE), settled at 5,686, losing 1.10 points or 0.01 per cent over the previous day. As EBL Securities, Investors’ cautious stance pulled down the index to the red zone as selling pressure on the sector specific shares from the engineering, power, telecom and pharma sectors prevailed. The two other indices also slipped into the red. The DS30 index, comprising blue chips, fell 2.77 points to finish at 1,993 and the DSE Shariah Index lost 0.51 point to close at 1,303.
16pc Women work in BD ICT sector
According to a new study, Bangladesh has a 16-per cent female workforce in the fast-growing ICT (information and communications technology) sector. The male-female ratio in the sector is 5:1, revealed the country’s first ICT job market study. Daffodil International University conducted the study titled ‘Survey on ICT job market in Bangladesh’. The report published on Wednesday also found that data administrator, programming, project management, IT sales and marketing, and web development are the five jobs in great demand. However, the lowest supplies in the sector against the market demand are web development, IT research and development, solution and architect, technical writing and digital media or animator.
Dev Partners eager to help Bangladesh achieve SDGs
International development partners yesterday expressed interest in supporting Bangladesh in the attainment of the sustainable development goals (SDGs), particularly those in areas of human rights and good governance. The expression came at a “Goal Groups’ Consultation with International Development Partners” organised by the Citizen’s Platform for SDGs at Brac Centre Inn in Dhaka.
Monno Ceramic tops DSE turnover chart
Monno Ceramic Industries dominated the prime bourse’s turnover chart Wednesday while top ten-traded companies grabbed 36 per cent transactions. Market analysts said investors showed their buying appetite on Monno Ceramic shares as the regulator lifted restriction on it and put back the shares of the company on the public market from the spot market. The Bangladesh Securities and Exchange Commission on February 20, 2019 lifted restriction on Monno Ceramic after more than six months. On August 16, 2018, the BSEC sent the Monno Ceramic to the spot market for the unusual price hike of their shares. According to statistics from the Dhaka Stock Exchange, about 792,617 shares of Monno Ceramic were traded, generating a turnover of Tk 334 million, which was 5.87 per cent of the prime bourse’s total turnover.
Mahin Group to build Tk 400cr Spinning Mill
Mahin Group, a trouser and woven fabrics manufacturer, is going to invest Tk 400 crore this year to set up a spinning mill to produce 30 tonnes of yarn a day. As Managing Director of the group, they will go into production in August next year. Of the investment, 70 percent will come from banks and the remaining 30 percent from the company’s coffer. A significant amount of the investment will come from foreign sources. Mahin Group has bought 26 bighas of land at Charsindhur in Narsingdi to set up the mill, which will have the capacity for 55,000 spindles. It will start the construction of the pre-fabricated factory building in May this year and will begin the installation of machinery in March next year.
Silco Pharma’s IPO subscription begins today to raise Tk 300m
The initial public offering (IPO) subscription of Silco Pharmaceuticals begins today (Thursday), aiming to raise Tk 300 million from the capital market.The subscription for shares of the pharma company by the eligible investors through electronic subscription system will be started from 10:00am Thursday and continued until 5:30pm on March 19 (round the clock). The securities regulator — Bangladesh Securities and Exchange Commission (BSEC) — approved the Silco Pharma’s application to raise the fund on December 20, 2018. According to the BSEC approval, using the fixed-price method, Silco Pharma will float 30 million ordinary shares of Tk 10 each. As of June 2017, five financial years’ weighted average earnings-per share (EPS) of the company stood at Tk 1.46 and net asset value (NAV) per share at 25.41. The company will utilise the IPO proceeds to construct factory building, purchase machinery and delivery van and bear the IPO expenses.
Mercantile Bank donated Tk. 2.5 million to Gonoshasthaya Dialysis Centre
Mercantile Bank Limited donated Tk. 2.5 million to the Gonoshasthaya Dialysis Centre to establish an ultra modern dialysis unit consisting of specialised bed with audio and video facilities. Bank’s Managing Director & CEO Md. Quamrul Islam Chowdhury handed over the cheque to Dr. Mohib Ullah Khondoker, coordinator of Gonoshasthaya Dialysis Centre on Tuesday at the bank’s head office. MBL’s Additional Managing Director Mati Ul Hasan along with other senior executives & officers of the bank were present
Private sector vital for SDGs
Private sector’s engagement is vital for achieving Sustainable Development Goal 6 that stands for ensuring availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all. The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC) in collaboration with WaterAid organised the event at InterContinental Dhaka. Principal Coordinator for the SDG affairs at the Prime Minister’s Office attended the programme as the chief guest. The Chief Guest emphasis on private sector’s involvement in achieving the SDG 6, saying Bangladesh needs to spend 2.5 percent of its GDP to ensure water and sanitation for all.
Int’l Firm to survey site of land-based LNG terminal
Petrobangla would carry out multiple surveys, including metocean, offshore geotechnical and bathymetry, by a global firm on the proposed site of a land-based LNG import terminal at Matarbari. As per A Senior Official of the state entity, the firm would be appointed soon to conduct surveys to successfully implement the country’s first land-based LNG terminal. The Petrobangla has decided to carry out the surveys for the terminal within the shortest possible time. For the facility, a project developer to be selected through a competitive bidding would use the surveyed data while building the terminal before June 2023. The US-based Excelerate Energy, the owner of the lone operational offshore LNG terminal at Moheshkhali in the Bay of Bengal, did the surveys of its own before building the facility.
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