The Colombo bourse shed ground today with a few market heavy weights witnessing drops over yesterdays’ close. Investors were seen realizing profits during the day which caused the Colombo benchmark index, the All Share Price Index (ASPI) to drop by 0.98% (58.28 points), while the MIlanka Price Index (MPI) declined by 1.55% (87.45 points). The S&P SL 20 Index (S&P) too lost 1.03% (32.97 points) over yesterdays’ close. The ASPI, MPI & the S&P SL20 closed the day at 5,910.81 points, 5,542.93 points & 3,177.73 points respectively.
Market turnover for the day was LKR 1,843.01 Mn over a volume of 124.07 Mn shares. The top turnover generators for the day were Nation Lanka Finance PLC (CSF), John Keells Holdings PLC (JKH), Kalpitiya Beach Resort PLC (CITK), Central Investments & Finance PLC (CIFL) and Sampath Bank PLC (SAMP).
CSF ended as the highest turnover generator for the day with a turnover of LKR 174.12 Mn. A volume of 11.5 Mn shares transacted during the day at a low of LKR 14.10 and a high of LKR 15.90 before ending at LKR15.00 recording a gain 5.63% (LKR 0.80) over yesterdays’ close.
Market heavyeweight JKH generated a turnover of LKR 100.56 Mn. The counter ended the day at LKR 217.00, shedding 1.09% (LKR 2.40) over the previous close.
CITK and SAMP traded actively today but witnessed price drops. SAMP ended the day at LKR 214.90 shedding 0.05% (LKR 0.10) while CITK lost 3.19% (LKR 0.30) to end the day at LKR.9.10.
Foreigners ended the day as net buyers with foreign purchases worth of LKR295.29 Mn against foreign sales worth of LKR 120.16 Mn resulting in a net inflow of LKR 175.13 Mn.