The All Share Price Index dipped 58.3 points to close at 5,910.8 (-1.0%) while the Milanka Price Index also shed 87.4 points toclose at 5,542.9 (-1.6%).
Total turnover for the day stood at LKR1,842.7mn (USD13,961.7k) vs. 12-months average daily turnover of LKR1,106.8mn (USD8,386.1k), whilst the volume traded for the day was 124,072.6k against the 12-months average daily volume of 44,986 k.
Top contributory counters towards the turnover for the day were Nations Finance PLC LKR174.1mn (USD1,319.3 k, 4.9%), John Keells Holdings LKR100.6mn (USD761.9 k, -1.1%), Kalpitiya Beach Resort LKR92.7mn (USD702.5k, -4.3%), Central Investment & Finance LKR90.2mn (USD683.2 k, 38.0%) and Sampath Bank LKR76.4mn (USD578.7 k, -0.5%).
The Colombo bourse was predominantly on a descending mode today, despite witnessing a slight upward movement during the mid hours of trading. Consequently, ASI lost 1.0% however, witnessed active participation dominated by retail favourite counters, posting the turnover level over LKR1.8 bn, primarily through the normal board with over 27k trades. Nations Finance PLC became the major turnover generator and the most sought after counter of the day trading over 11mn shares to close at LKR15.2, gaining 4.9%. John Keells Holdings lost circa 1.1% to close at LKR219.31 whilst Kalpitiya Beach Resort extended yesterday’s investors’ interest becoming the third highest contributor. The counter also reserved a place in the top traded volumes list to close the day at LKR9.5, with a price depreciation of 4.3%. Further, Central Investment & Finance registered a considerable price gain of 38% to close at LKR10.2 whilst Sampath Bank ended the day at LKR214.6.
Foreign purchases amounted to LKR295.3mn (USD2,237.4k), whilst foreign sales amounted to LKR120.2mn (USD910.4k). This resulted in a net foreign inflow of LKR175.1mn being recorded at the end of the day’s trading.
Market capitalization stood at LKR 2,261.3bn. YTD performance is -2.7%.