Sri Lanka stocks down 0.2-pct.

July 09, 2013 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s stocks closed down 0.26 percent on Tuesday with the market down for the fifth consecutive day amid losses in index heavy stocks, brokers said. The benchmark Colombo All Share Index closed 15.48 points lower at 5,980.16 and the S&P SL 20 Index closed 03.53 points lower at 3,347.96 down 0.11 percent.

Turnover was 254 million rupees down from 413 million from a day earlier.

Foreigners brought 38 million rupees worth shares while selling 41 million rupees in a day that 61 stocks advanced and 87 stocks declined.

Ceylon Tobacco Company contributed most to the index closing at 994.90 rupees up 4.90 rupees, Aitken Spence Hotel Holding closed at 74.30 up 2.10 rupees and John Keells Holdings closing at 241.80 up 80 cents, According to provincial data.

Negative contributors included George Steuart Finance closing at 481.00 rupees down 159.00 rupees, Nestle Lanka closed at 1,921.00 rupees down 26.20 rupees and Ceylinco Insurance closed at 1,100.00 rupees down 46.80 rupees.

Pan Asia closed at 18.40 rupees up 40 cents, Union Bank of Colombo closed at 16.30 rupees up 10 cents, Hatton National Bank closed at 157.60 rupees down 50 cents and Sampath Bank closed at 193.00 rupees up 1.20 rupees.

Aitken Spence closed at 123.60 down 1.40 rupees, Chevron Lubricants closed at 300.00 down 2.00 rupees and Distilleries Company closed at 189.30 rupees down 70 cents.