Sri Lanka shares end down

Directory launched in the presence of Jagath Perera, CA Sri Lanka President, Manil Jayesinghe, CA Sri Lanka Vice President, Harsha Basnayake, Ernst & Young Asia Pacific Transaction Advisory Managing Partner, Aruni Rajakarier, Chairperson of the CA Sri Lanka Women Empowerment Committee, Anoji De Silva, Alternate Chair of the Women Empowerment Committee and Dulani Fernando, CA Sri Lanka CEO

April 18, 2012 (LBO) – Sri Lankan shares closed weaker Wednesday with trading remaining lacklustre following a holiday for the traditional new year last week, brokers said. The main All Share Price Index fell 0.09 percent (4.97 points) to 5,407.47, while the more liquid Milanka index fell 0.06 percent (3.17) to close at 4,907.15.

Turnover was 250 million rupees, according to stock exchange provisional figures.

Turnover was 250 million rupees, according to stock exchange provisional figures.

Index heavyweight John Keells Holdings closed at 208.50 rupees, down 90 cents.

Swarnamahal Financial Services was the most actively traded stock, closing at 8.80 rupees, down 20 cents with over 2.4 million shares traded.

Commercial Bank was also actively traded, ending at 101.80 rupees, up 1.60 rupees, with 170,476 shares done.