In­dices close on pos­i­tive note

Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - MARKET -

ASPI in green due to price gains in coun­ters such as Cey­lon To­bacco Com­pany, Di­a­log Ax­i­ata and John Keells Hold­ings. A sim­i­lar be­hav­ior was wit­nessed in S&P SL20. The turnover crossed Rs 346 Mn for the day. High net worth and in­sti­tu­tional in­vestor par­tic­i­pa­tion was wit­nessed in Cey­lon To­bacco Com­pany and Na­tions Trust Bank. Mixed in­ter­est was ob­served in Di­a­log Ax­i­ata and Singer Sri Lanka whilst re­tail in­ter­est was noted in El­pi­tiya Plan­ta­tions. Mean­while, for­eign­ers re­mained ac­tive clos­ing as net buy­ers mainly due to for­eign pur­chas­ing in Cey­lon To­bacco Com­pany.

Banks, Fi­nance and In­sur­ance sec­tor was the top con­trib­u­tor to the mar­ket turnover (due to Na­tions Trust Bank ) whilst the sec­tor index lost 0.17%. The share price of Na­tions Trust Bank gained Rs 0.50 (0.64%) to close at Rs 79.00.

Bev­er­age, Food and To­bacco sec­tor was the sec­ond high­est con­trib­u­tor to the mar­ket turnover (due to Cey­lon To­bacco Com­pany) whilst the sec­tor index in­creased by 1.33%. The share price of Cey­lon To­bacco Com­pany in­creased by Rs 40.00 (4.17%) clos­ing at Rs 1,000.00 whilst for­eign hold­ings in­creased by 48,103 shares.

Di­a­log Ax­i­ata, John Keells Hold­ings and Singer Sri Lanka were also in­cluded amongst the top turnover con­trib­u­tors. The share price of Di­a­log Ax­i­ata moved up by Rs 0.20 (1.77%) to close at Rs 11.50. The share price of John Keells Hold­ings recorded a gain of Rs 0.80 (0.50%) to close at Rs 161.80. The share price of Singer Sri Lanka de­clined by Rs 6.50 (12.38%) to close at Rs 46.00.

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