Sri Lanka stocks close down 0.7-pct

June 21, 2012 (LBO) – Sri Lanka stocks fell 0.7 percent Thursday ending losing some of the gains made earlier in the week, while the rupee was steady against the US dollar, brokers said. The main All Share Price Index fell 0.71 percent (35.99) to 5,042.07, while the more liquid Milanka index closed flat at 4,507.30
Turnover was a low 529 million rupees.
Turnover was dominated by index heavyweight John Keells Holdings with 56 million rupees while Distilleries and Dialog recorded 53 and 39 million rupees in turn over today.
John Keells Holdings closed 2.00 rupees higher at 196 with 287,846 shares traded.
A total of 242,743 Aitken Spence shares changed hands Thursday at 110.60 rupees.
Brokers said 400,000 shares of Distilleries was sold in an off-market deal at 130.00 rupees.

Tangerine Beach Hotels Plc was the top gainer rising 30.83 to close at 93 rupees up 48.45 percent. Newly listed Ramboda Falls slipped -8.10 to close at 23.00 rupees down -25.63 percent