Sri Lanka shares end down 0.2-pct

Teejay Lanka Chairman Bill Lam (left) and CEO Pubudu De Silva

Mar 28, 2012 (LBO) – Sri Lankan shares closed weaker Wednesday with some interest seen in conglomerates although trading volumes were low, brokers said. The main All Share Price Index fell 0.15 percent (8.07 points) to 5,428.01, while the more liquid Milanka index rose 0.50 percent (24.22) to close at 4,888.39.

Turnover was 627 million rupees, according to stock exchange provisional figures.

Index heavyweight John Keells Holdings closed at 205.30 rupes, up 4.30, with 1.2 million shares done.

Aitken Spence Hotel Holdings ended at 70.70 rupees, up 70 cents, with just over eight million shares traded.

Sampath Bank, the most actively traded stock, closed at 176.80 rupees, down 8.10 rupees.

Environmental Resources Investments, alo actively traded, closed at 16.30 rupees, down 80 cents.

Orient Garments, which was also actively traded, ended at 19.90 rupees, up 1.20.