Sri Lanka shares end up 0.4-pct

Mar 30, 2012 (LBO) – Sri Lankan shares closed slightly firmer Friday in somewhat choppy trade, brokers said. The main All Share Price Index rose 0.35 percent (19.05 points) to 5,431.09, while the more liquid Milanka index fell 0.13 percent (6.52) to close at 4,897.54.

Turnover was 789 million rupees, according to stock exchange provisional figures.

Index heavyweight John Keells Holdings closed at 206 rupees, down 2.40 while Commercial Bank closed at 100 rupees, up 30 cents.

Environmental Resources Investments was the most actively traded stock, closing at 16.80 rupees, down 10 cents, followed by Panasian Power, which endd at 2.60 rupees, up 10 cents.