Sri Lanka stocks down 0.98 pct

Sept 18, 2012 (LBO) – Sri Lanka stocks closed down 0.98 percent Tuesday, taking a breather from steady gains made over several days. The benchmark Colombo All Share Price Index dropped 58.28 points to close at 5,9110.81 down 0.98 percent and the S&P SL 20 index closed down 1.03 percent at 3,177.73 points up 32.97 points.

Today’s turnover of 1,843.0 million rupees was dominated by Nation Lanka Finance with 174.1 million rupees, John Keells Holdings with 100.6 million rupees and Citrus Kalpitiya with 92.7 million rupees. Most active counters for the day were Nation Lanka Finance, Central Investments and Finance and Citrus Kalpitiya.

Notable gainers for the day were Central Investments and Finance up by 37.9 percent. The stock closed at 10.90 rupees. Browns Beach Hotel up by 17.1 percent to close at 27.40 rupees and Asia Asset Finance up by 9.4 percent to close at 3.50 rupees.

Aitken Spence PLC dropped 6.40 to close at 127.60 rupees down 4.78 percent.

Hatton National Bank PLC gained 1.20 rupees to close at 168.00 rupees up 0.72 percent.

Index heavy John Keells Holdings closed down 2.40 rupees at 217 rupees, Commercial Bank of Ceylon closed at 115.00 rupees, down 1.90 and Dialog Axiata closed flat at 7.30 rupees up 1.35 percent and Distilleries closed down 3.0 rupees at 149.00 rupees

Corrected. ASPI 58.28 pts