Sri Lanka shares becalmed

Mar 29, 2012 (LBO) – Sri Lankan shares were barely changed Thursday with some interest seen in financial services and trading volumes picked up from low levels, brokers said. The main All Share Price Index fell 0.09 percent (4.78 points) to 5,411.79, while the more liquid Milanka index rose 0.52 percent (25.60) to close at 4,907.02.

Turnover was 1.2 billion rupees, according to stock exchange provisional figures.

Index heavyweight John Keells Holdings closed at 208.40 rupees, up 3.10 rupees, after hitting a high of 210, while Commercial Bank ended at 99.70, down 30 cents.

Over 2.6 million shares of Citrus Leisure changed hands with the share ending at 30 rupees, down 20 cents.

Environmental Resources Investments were the most actively traded stocks, ending at 16.90 rupees, up 60 cents.

Sampath Bank was also actively traded, closing at 178.20 rupees, up 1.40, and Blue Diamonds, which closed at 6.20 rupees, up 20 cents.