Sri Lanka stocks end down 0.3-pct

Nov 21, 2011 (LBO) – Sri Lankan shares closed lower Monday with the low turnover bolstered by trades in conglomerate John Keells Holdings, brokers said. The main All Share Price Index fell 0.34 percent (20.66 points) to 6,119.86, while the more liquid Milanka index rose 0.15 percent (7.91 points) to close at 5,357.45, according to stock exchange figures.

Turnover was 871 million rupees.

Trading in John Keells Holdings accounted for the largest turnover with four crossings or off-market private deals of over 2.6 million shares all at 175 rupees each. The stock closed at 175 rupees, up 60 cents, after hitting 177.

Blue Diamonds Jewellery Worldwide non-voting shares, the most actively traded stocks, closed at 3.90 rupees, up 10 cents with 7.1 million shares done.

HVA Foods was also heavily traded, closing at 39.20 rupees, down 40 cents with 461,400 shares changing hands.

Orient Garments was another actively traded stock, closing at 34.30 rupees, up 2.80 rupees, with 538,100 shares done, and hitting a high of 35.10.