Sri Lanka stocks end up 0.8-pct

Sri Lankan Police forming a human chain in parliament to protect the Speaker and enable a vote.

Sep 05, 2011 (LBO) – Sri Lankan stocks closed higher Monday with interest in a motor vehicle import and in non-voting shares of a jewellery exporter, brokers said. The main All Share Price Index closed at 7,007.68, up 0.82 percent (57.07 points) while the more liquid Milanka index rose 0.69 percent (43.27 points) to close at 6,340.39, according to stock exchange figures.

Turnover was 4.4 billion rupees.

Blue Diamonds Jewellery Worldwide non-voting shares were the most heavily traded and also the day’s highest gainer. It closed at 5.90 rupees, up 2.20 rupees with 173.6 million shares changing hands.

Colonial Motors, which imports vehicles and in which there has been heavy trading in recent days, closed at 484.70 rupees, down 2.90, with 734,900 shares changing hands.

SMB Leasing was also heavily traded, closing at 3.20 rupees, up 80 cents, with over 106 million shares done.

E-channelling, another actively traded stock, closed at 8.80 rupees, up 1.10, with 27.2 million shares traded. It hit a high of 9.70 rupees.