Sri Lankan shares rise on retail buying; rupee at 6-week closing low

Updated 25 April 2013
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Sri Lankan shares rise on retail buying; rupee at 6-week closing low

COLOMBO: Sri Lankan shares rose for a second straight session to hit a near seven-month high helped by retail investor buying on hopes that interest rates will ease, while the rupee closed at its lowest level in six weeks on dollar demand from importers.
The main stock index 0.85 percent, or 50.21 points, to 5,933.73, its highest close since Oct. 1, 2012.
Shares have been rising on hopes of a fall in interest rates after Treasury Secretary P. B. Jayasundera and the central bank said official interest rates could ease in May and June.
"We have seen retailers coming back to the market on the hope of interest rates coming down," said a stockbroker.
The turnover was 975.3 million rupees ($ 7.69 million), around this year's daily average of 961 million rupees.
Foreign investors were net sellers for the first time in 17 sessions.
They sold a net 161.5 million rupees worth shares but remained net buyers of 8.26 billion rupees so far this year.
Last year, the bourse saw a net inflow of $ 303 million.
The rupee fell for a seventh straight session to 126.85/90 per dollar, its lowest close since March 11, due to demand from importers for the greenback despite a state bank selling dollars, currency dealers said.
The currency had ended at 126.78/85 on Tuesday.


Ryanair agrees to buy 25 more Boeing 737 MAX planes

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Ryanair agrees to buy 25 more Boeing 737 MAX planes

DUBLIN: Ryanair has agreed to buy a further 25 Boeing 737 MAX planes, worth $3 billion at list prices, lifting its order of the US planemaker’s flagship short-haul plane model to 135, the two companies said on Tuesday.
The Irish low-cost carrier, which is the largest operator of Boeing planes in Europe, purchased 100 737 MAX planes in 2014 and took out options on 100 more.
Ryanair said the order leaves it with 75 more options.
It purchased 10 additional MAX planes in June last year, which were on top of the 2014 order.
Chief Executive Michael O’Leary in March said he expected to exercise “pretty much all” of its options.
Ryanair has dubbed the MAX a “game changer” for its business, due to a fuel consumption improvement it says could be up to 16 percent and a greater number of seats.
The configuration Ryanair has ordered has 197 seats compared to 189 in its current fleet of 737s.
Ryanair rivals easyJet and Wizz have ordered Airbus A321 planes, which seat up to 239 passengers.
Ryanair has held talks with Boeing about its new larger version of the 737 airliner, the MAX 10, which can carry up to 230 passengers, but has made clear it would only be interested if the price is lowered.
The first of Ryanair’s 737 MAX planes are due for delivery in the first half of 2019 and will use CFM Leap-1B engines.
Ryanair, which currently operates around 430 Boeing 737 planes, says the MAX order will allow it reach its target of carrying 200 million passengers per year by 2024.