Both Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) and Chittagong Stock Exchange (CSE) fell for the second consecutive day on Thursday as the investors were disheartened after the 20-party alliance led by Bangladesh Nationalist Party had pressed a 24-hour hartal in the capital on the back of an ongoing country-wide transport blockade, dealers said.
At the DSE the prime index DSEX fell by 23.58 points or 0.49 per cent to close at 4,724.04 while the DS30 index, comprising blue chips lost 9.05 points or 0.51 per cent to close at 1,747.75 and the Shariah Index DSES dropped 6.62 points or 0.59 per cent to close at 1,115.69 points.
At the CSE its Selective Categories Index CSCX lost 64.94 points to close at 8,736.03 points as losers beat gainers 155 to 48, with 35 issues remaining unchanged at the port city bourse that traded 6.25 million shares and mutual fund units, turnover value of Tk 179.31 million.
At the DSE turnover slid to Tk 2.06 billion, registering a decline of 12.34 per cent over the over the previous session's value of Tk 2.35 billion. The losers took a lead over the gainers as out of 303 issues traded, 202 declined, 75 advanced and 26 remained unchanged on the DSE. Newly listed C & A Textiles was the most traded stock with shares worth Tk 109.06 million changing hands followed by Lafarge Surma Cement, CVO Petrochemical, BSCCL and GP. National Polymer was the day's top gainer, posting a rise of 7.94 per cent while Exim Bank First Mutual Fund was the day's worst loser, plunging 9.09 per cent.