Sri Lanka stocks closed down 0.81 pct

October 16, 2012 (LBO) – Sri Lanka stocks closed down 0.81 percent Tuesday with several blue chips losing ground. The Colombo All Share Index closed at 5,608.13 down 45.67 points and the S & P SL 20 Index closed 18.92 points lower at 3,036.94 down 0.62 percent.

Turnover was 515 million rupees. Top contributors to turnover were Asiri Hospital Holdings with 56.8 million rupees, Colombo Dockyard with 46.2million rupees and Ceylon Tobacco with 46.0million rupees. Most active counters for the day were Nation Lanka Finance, Vallibel One and Free Lanka Capital Holdings.

AVIVA NDB Insurance PLC slipped 10.80 rupees to close at 359.20 down 2.92 percent.

Commercial Bank slipped 0.90 cents to close at 106.00 rupees down 0.84 percent. DFCC Bank slipped 1.20 rupees to close at 110.00 rupees down 1.08 percent. Hatton National Bank lost 0.20 cents to close at 155.40 rupees down 0.13 percent.

Dialog Axiata PLC closed flat at 8.40 rupees.

Index heavy John Keells Holdings PLC slipped 0.60 cents to close at 204.40 rupees down 0.29 percent.