Sri Lanka stocks close down 0.2-pct

June 21, 2013 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s stocks closed down 0.22 percent on Wednesday, due to index heavy stocks extending losses, brokers said. The benchmark Colombo All Share Index closed 13.54 points lower at 6,072.68 and the S&P SL 20 Index closed 07.60 points lower at 3,422.83 down 0.22 percent.

Turnover was 2.2 million rupees up from 455 million a day earlier.

Foreigners brought 298 million rupees worth shares while selling 934 million rupees in a day that 103 stocks advanced and 79 stocks declined.

Aitken Spence Hotel Holdings contributed most to the index closing at 73.70 rupees up 3.20 rupees, The Bukit Darah gained 9.90 rupees to close at 709.00 rupees and Sri Lanka Telecom gained 50 cents to close at 40.00 rupees.

Negative contributors included John Keells Holdings losing 9.70 rupees to close at 249.30 rupees, Carson Cumberbatch lost 8.80 rupees to close at 435.20 rupees and Commercial Leasing and Finance lost 20 cents to close at 4.00 rupees.

Pan Asia closed flat at 19.00 rupees. Union Bank of Colombo closed at 17.10 rupees up 10 cents and Commercial Bank of Ceylon lost 50 cents to close at 113.40 rupees.

Hatton National Bank closed at 118.00 rupees up 20 cents and Sampath Bank closed at 205.00 rupees up 2.30 rupees helped by a crossing of one million shares at 204 rupees per share.

Nanda Investment and Finance gained 10 cent to close at 8.60 rupees helped by a crossing of 85.5 million shares at 9 rupees per share. JKH to had a crossing of 3.5 million shares at 247 rupees per share.

Nestle Lanka gained 20 cents to close at 1949.80 cents and Dialog Axiata loss 10 cents to close at 8.40 rupees.

Distilleries Company closed at 190.00 rupees up 1.70 rupees and Ceylon Tobacco Company closed at 979.80 rupees up 2.50 rupees.