Sri Lanka stocks close up 0.33-pct

Oct 21, 2010 (LBO) – Sri Lanka stocks closed up 0.3 percent Thursday, with buying interest coming for banking sector stocks, brokers said. The benchmark Colombo All Share Index closed up 0.33 percent (21.77 points) at 6,685.99 points, while the Milanka Index of more liquid stocks rose 0.59 percent (42.43 points) to 7,270.80 according to provisional Colombo Stock Exchange data.

Turnover was 3.3 billion rupees. There were 102 gainer and 89 losers, broker said.

“Investor interest was shown in banking sector stock such as Samapth and DFCC,” Thilini Yatawara, an analysts at Bartleet Stockbrokers said.

Sampth Bank closed at 291.00 rupees up 18.30, DFCC closed at 445.70 down 1.10 rupees, HNB closed at 405.10 up 4.80 and NDB closed at 378.0 up 1.80 rupees.

JKH, an index heavy conglomerate closed at 302.30 rupees, down 1.40 rupees swith 4.1 million share traded.

Aitken Spence closed at 187.90 rupees, down 30 cents while Hayleys closed flat at 348.10 rupees and Hemas Holdings closed at 44.80 rupees, down 20 cents.

Distilleries Company of Sri Lanka closed at 180.90 rupees, down 2.00 rupees with 2.9 million shares traded.

Dialog Axaita closed flat, at 12.50 rupees.