Sri Lanka stocks up 0.7-pct


Feb 19, 2016 (LBO) – Sri Lankan stocks closed up at 0.67 percent with gains in most of the index heavy stocks, brokers said.

The Colombo benchmark All Share Price Index (ASPI) closed 41.89 points up at 6,250.89 up 0.67 percent. The S&P SL20 closed 28.45 points up at 3,269.24 up 0.88 percent.

Turnover was 1.5 billion rupees, up from 534 million rupees Thursday with 86 stocks closing positive against 60 negative.

“There was one off the floor trade amounting to one billion rupees that accounted for most of the day’s turnover,” S C Securities said.

Textured Jersey closed at 31.40 rupees, up 0.60 rupees with one crossing of 34.4 million shares at 20.80 rupees. The Company said it was an internal share swap.

The main index showed gains in Ceylon Tobacco Company with the stock closing at 1.024.10 rupees, up 19.80 rupees and John Keells Holdings closed at 158.90 rupees, up 1.80 rupees.

Nestle Lanka closed down at 2,020.00 rupees, up 26.10 rupees and Commercial Bank closed at 125.00 rupees, up 1.80 rupees.