Sri Lanka stocks close up 0.8-pct

Jan 21, 2011(LBO) – Sri Lankan stocks closed up 0.85 percent Friday with active retail trading in the manufacturing sector, brokers said. The All Share Price Index closed at 7,254.01, up 0.85 percent (60.91 points) while the Milanka Price Index of more liquid stocks closed at 7,292.95, down 0.11 percent (7.73 points) according to stock exchange provisional figures.

Turnover was 4.1 billion rupees.

Commercial Bank closed at 282.20, up 3.40 rupees and Hatton National Bank closed at 395.00, up4.80 rupees.

John Keells Holdings closed at 295.70, down 2.60 rupees and Aitken Spence closed at 186.50, down 1.40 rupees.

Dialog Axiata closed at 11.70, down 0.10 cents and Singer Finance Company closed at 49.20, down 0.40 cents.

Laugfs Gas closed flat at 50 rupees with five million shares done and Primal Glass closed at 9.00, up 0.90 cents with 23 million shares changing hands.