ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka stocks closed down on Monday as profit taking continued, market participants said.
The Colombo All Share Index was down 0.63 percent, or 66.74 points, at 10,546. The S&P SL20 index of liquid stocks was down 0.63 percent, or 18.96 points at 2,977.
Turnover was at 1.1 billion. Most of this came from trades in the food, beverage and tobacco sector (739 mn).
Lion Brewery (Ceylon) Plc (down at 898.00) contributed 558 million to turnover.
Top contributors to the ASPI included Lanka Milk Foods (CWE) Plc (up at 239.75), which continued to attract investor interest after the Stassen group majority shareholder company announced a sub-division of shares last week.
Other positive contributors to the index were Lanka Hospitals Corporation Plc (up at 133.50), and Nations Trust Bank Plc (up at 102.00).
Shares of Distilleries Company of Sri Lanka Plc, which announced on Friday the signing of a sales and purchase agreement to acquire shares in Heineken Lanka Limited, closed flat at 27.00.
There was a net foreign outflow of 523 million. (Colombo/Nov20/2023)