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Dhaka, Bangladesh (BBN) – The prime index of the Dhaka Stock Exchange dipped below the ‘psychological’ threshold of 4,600-mark after three years on Sunday as investors dumped their holdings to prevent further losses.

The DSEX lost 75.33 points or 1.61 per cent to settle at more than three years low at 4,596. It was the lowest level of DSEX in more than three years since November 1, 2016, when DSEX was 4,596.

The DSEX has lost a cumulative 175 points in the past one month while it eroded 1,354 points since January 24, this year when the index peaked at 5,950.

Concern over the country’s overall economy coupled with recent market volatility, rising non-performing loan and liquidity crunch continued to dent investors’ confidence, according to market operators.

Two other indices also ended lower. The DS30 index, comprising blue chips, lost 22.76 points to finish at 1,583 and the DSE Shariah Index plunged 14.54 points to close at 1,041.

Turnover, a crucial indicator of the market, also fell and amounted to BDT 3.49 billion, which was 19 per cent lower than the previous day’s turnover of BDT 4.32 billion.

Notable selling pressure was witnessed in all the major sectors, particularly banking, financial institutions, textile, telecom and pharma.

The financial institutions sector witnessed the highest loss of 2.40 per cent, followed by banking with 2.10 per cent, power 1.80 per cent, pharma 0.70 per cent and telecom 0.60 per cent.

Losers took a strong lead over the gainers as out of 353 issues traded, 273 closed lower, 53 ended higher and 27 remained unchanged on the DSE trading floor.

A total number of 119,028 trades were executed in the day’s trading session with trading volume of 139.47 million shares and mutual fund units.

The market-cap of the DSE also slumped to BDT 3,482 billion on Sunday, from BDT 3,523 billion in the previous session.

Sinobangla Industries topped the turnover chart with shares worth BDT 146 million changing hands, closely followed by Sonar Bangla Insurance, National Tubes, Daffodil Computers and LafargeHolcim.

Sinobangla Industries was the day’s best performer, posting a gain of 10 per cent while Regent Textile was the worst loser, losing 14.52 per cent following its price adjustment after record date.

On the other hand, the Chittagong Stock Exchange also saw sharp decline with its All Shares Price Index (CASPI)—losing 223 points to close at 13,979 and the Selective Categories Index – CSCX –shedding 137 points to finish at 8,485.

The losers beat gainers, as 186 issues closed lower, 37 ended higher and 16 remained unchanged on the CSE.

The port city bourse traded 6.27 million shares and mutual fund units worth BDT 142 million in turnover.