Sri Lanka shares end up 1.4-pct

Mar 23, 2012 (LBO) – Sri Lankan shares closed firmed Friday with trading also improving although interest was seen mainly in low value or speculative stocks, brokers said. The main All Share Price Index rose 1.36 percent (72.63 points) to 5,422.33, while the more liquid Milanka index rose 1.40 percent (67.04) to close at 4,847.86.

Turnover was 927 million rupees, according to stock exchange provisional figures.

Index heavyweight John Keells Holdings closed at 194.80 rupees, up 3.70.

Tea Smallholder Factories was the day’s highest gainer, closing at 56.10 rupees, up 11.10 rupees followed by two warrants of Environmental Resources Investments.

ERI shares were the most actively traded, closing at 16.80 rupees, up 1.70 rupees.