Sri Lanka stocks close up 01-pct

Jan 16, 2013 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s stocks closed one percent Monday helped by gains in some large cap stocks amid falling gilt yields ahead of a Central Bank rate decision, brokers said. The Colombo All Share Price Index rose 62.3 points to 5,812.47. The S&P SL 20 Index rose 28.86 points to 3,163.18 points up 0.92 percent.

Turnover was 636 million rupees.

Ceylon Tobacco Company closed at 899.40 rupees up 24.50 and Carsons closed at 448.20 up 21.20 rupees contributing most to the index gain, Colombo Stock Exchange data showed. George Steuart Finance an illiquid stock fell 181 to 555.00 rupees with 5 shares traded.

Hatton National Bank closed at 146.00 down 50 cents, Commercial Bank closed at 105.00 unchanged, and DFCC closed at 120.560 up 1.60 cents.

John Keells Holdings closed at 225 rupees up 70 cents.

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