Dhaka, Bangladesh (BBN)-Bangladesh’s stocks ended flat on Thursday amid choppy trading throughout the session as investors remained cautious ahead of budget announcement.

DSEX, the prime index of the Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE), ended at 4,430.47 points, shedding 0.50 points or 0.01 percent.

DSE turnover stood at BDT 3.23 billion against BDT 3.21 billion in the previous session.

Out of 293 issues traded, 126 declined, 113 advanced and 54 closed unchanged on the DSE floor.

Lafarge Surma Cement was the top turnover leader with shares worth BDT 461.88 million changing hands followed by Square Pharma, Prime Bank, Heidelberg cement and Mercantile Bank.

Wata Chemicals was the day’s highest gainer; posting a rise of 9.92 percent while Ambee Pharma was the day’s worst losers, slumping by 9.42 percent.

The port city bourse — Chittagong Stock Exchange (CSE) — also closed marginally lower with its Selective Categories Index – CSCX — lost 26.42 points to close at 8,466.37 points.

Losers beat gainers 117 to 69, with 27 issues remaining unchanged at the port city bourse that traded 4.91 million shares and mutual fund units, turnover value of BDT 198.71 million.

BBN/BB/AS-29May14-3:40pm (BST)