Indices close in red

Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - MARKET -

The ASPI closed in red as a re­sult of price losses in coun­ters such as Dis­til­leries, Lanka Orix Leas­ing Com­pany and Brac Lanka Fi­nance with the turnover cross­ing Rs 459 Mn. A sim­i­lar be­hav­iour was wit­nessed in the S&P SL20. High net worth and in­sti­tu­tional in­vestor par­tic­i­pa­tion was wit­nessed in Com­mer­cial Bank and Sam­path Bank. Mixed in­ter­est was ob­served in Janashak­thi In­sur­ance Com­pany. Fur­ther­more, for­eign­ers re­mained ac­tive clos­ing as net sell­ers mainly due to for­eign sell­ing in Com­mer­cial Bank. To­tal for­eign sales ac­counted for 67.5% of the turnover.

Banks, Fi­nance and In­sur­ance sec­tor was the top con­trib­u­tor to the mar­ket turnover (due to Com­mer­cial Bank, Sam­path Bank, Hat­ton Na­tional Bank and Com­mer­cial Bank non­vot­ing) whilst the sec­tor in­dex lost 0.34%. The share price of Com­mer­cial Bank de­creased by Rs 0.20 (0.16%) clos­ing at Rs 128.00 whilst for­eign hold­ings de­creased by 1,962,744 shares. The share price of Sam­path Bank lost Rs 1.20 (0.38%) to close at Rs 312.70. The share price of Hat­ton Na­tional Bank edged down by Rs 0.20 (0.08%) to close at Rs 241.80. The share price of Com­mer­cial Bank non­vot­ing de­clined by Rs 0.20 (0.20%) to close at Rs 99.30.

Di­ver­si­fied sec­tor was the sec­ond high­est con­trib­u­tor to the mar­ket turnover (due to John Keells Hold­ings) whilst the sec­tor in­dex in­creased by 0.12%. The share price of John Keells Hold­ings moved down by Rs 0.30 (0.19%) to close at Rs 156.20.

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