Sri Lanka stocks end up 0.5-pct

Dec 13, 2011 (LBO) – Sri Lankan stocks closed firmer Tuesday in thin trading with turnover falling to one of the lowest in recent times, brokers said. The main All Share Price Index rose 0.50 percent (29.66 points) to 5,994.66, while the more liquid Milanka index rose 0.75 percent (39.34 points) to close at 5,267.74.

Turnover fell to 462 million rupees, according to stock exchange provisional figures.

Index heavyweight John Keells Holdings rose 5.10 rupees to close at 182.10 rupees and was the third most actively traded stock, accounting for the biggest turnover.

There was one crossing or off-market private deal of 200,000 JKH shares at 179.50 rupees each.
There were two crossings of Hatton National Bank, both of 168,500 shares at 150 rupees a share. HNB closed at 150.60 rupees, down 30 cents.

Environmental Resources Investments was the most activelty traded stock, closing at 45 rupees, down 1.10.

HVA Foods was also actively traded, closing up 40 cents at 37.20 rupees.