The All Share Price Index gained 53 points to close at 5,902 points (0.9%), whilst the Milanka Price Index also gained 70 points to close at 5,558.1 points (1.3%).
Total turnover for the day was LKR941.1 mn (USD7,147k) vs. 12-months average daily turnover of LKR1,099.9 mn (USD8353.4 k) whilst the volume traded for the day was 55,198k against the 12-months average daily volume of 44,538k.
Top contributory counters towards the day’s turnover were Dialog Axiata LKR81.3 mn (USD617.2k, 4.1%), John Keells holdings LKR70.8 mn (USD537.9k, 0.5%), Ceylon Tobacco Corporation LKR 61mn (USD463 k, -1.3%), Nations Finance LKR50.3mn (USD382 k, -3.4%) and Lanka Hospitals Corporation LKR36.8 mn (USD279.6 k, 5.2%).
The Colombo bourse was on a descending mode in the early hours of trading owing to profit taking, however, regained momentum after an hour with majority of the counters ending in the green. Premier telecommunications provider Dialog Axiata witnessed an off market deal where a total of 7mn shares were traded at a price of LKR7.50. Subsequent to the crossing counter emerged as the top traded counter while contributing a circa of 9% to the daily turnover. Heavy weight John Keells holdings also encountered a crossing where a total number of 100k shares were traded at a price of LKR219. Nations Finance also witnessed heavy retail interest for the third consecutive day to become the second highest traded counter for the day. However counter ended at a price dip of 3.4% to close at LKR14.20. Ceylon Tobacco Corporation the virtual monopoly for tobacco products in Sri Lanka also witnessed heavy institutional interest for the day. Re affirming this counter saw a block trade of 72,402 shares executed at LKR700.
Foreign purchases amounted to LKR257.1 mn (USD1, 952.4 k), whilst foreign sales amounted to LKR181.3 mn (USD1376.7 k).
Market capitalization stood at LKR2, 258 bn. YTD performance is -2.8%.