Key share price indices at country's twin bourses -Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) and Chittagong Stock Exchange (CSE) - witnessed loss on Thursday, the last trading day of the week.
The DSE benchmark index, DSEX lost 19.27 points or nearly 0.40 percent to close at 4781.36 on the day. Of the 315 issues traded, 113 gained, 161 declined and 41 remained unchanged.
Shares worth Tk 360.77cr changed hands at the DSE on Thursday as against Tk 397.69cr on Wednesday.
Observing the day's market situation, LankaBangla Securities said, "Stocks extended losses on noon trade with benchmark index losing 19.27 points. Market is struggling as Pharma, Engineering, Textile, Fuel & Power and some heavyweight multinational stocks are dragging consistently which is wobbling the market sentiment."
"Buying interest waned after witnessing 75 points fall in DSEX in past five trading sessions", they added.
Looking on the bright side, the stockbroker said, "On the flip side, banking stocks are holding on to strong gain taking a pit stop yesterday."
The day's top 10 losers at the DSE were Beach Hatchery, Standard Insurance, Far Chemical Industries, Olympic Accessories, Western Marine Shipyard, Trust Bank 1st Mutual Fund, Alltex Industries, C & A Textiles, Continental Insurance and Singer Bangladesh.
Top five turnover leaders of DSE were Lafarge Surma Cement, Beximco Pharma, Grameenphone, Trust Bank and Saif Powertec.
Top five gainers at the premier bourse were Sunlife Insurance, Trust Bank, LR Global Bangladesh Mutual Fund One, ICB Employees Provident Mutual Fund 1: Scheme 1 and Rupali Life Insurance.
The CSE key index, CASPI shed 70.35 points to reach 14645.58 at close on Thursday. Of the 233 issues traded, 75 advanced, 131 suffered loss and 27 remained unchanged.
The value of the traded issues was Tk 30.94 crore at the CSE on the day.