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Sri Lanka stocks end 0.02 down

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka stocks fell 0.02 per cent on Friday due to continued profit taking by investors and crossings (negotiated trades) dominating activity, a broker said.

The Colombo benchmark All Share Price Index fell 1.74 points to close at 7,097.39.

The index started positive but fell throughout the day to reach a daily low at 7,064.64 in the first hour into trading before picking up.

The S&P SL20 index of more liquid stocks gained 0.43 per cent or 12.41 points to close at 2,866.66.

Turnover was 1.6 billion rupees with 70 stocks gaining and 85 falling.

The market recorded a net foreign sell of 130 million rupees today.

A 69.2 million rupees negotiated trading was seen in LOLC Holdings at 300 rupees per share and stock fell 50 cents to close at 296.50 rupees.

LOLC Finance closed flat at 5.90 rupees, Browns and Company gained 25 cents to close at 158.25 rupees and Browns Investment closed 10 cents up at 5.50 rupees.

Expolanka gained 40 cents up to close at 44.70 rupees and Melstacorp Holdings closed 20 cents down at 43.50 rupees a share.

Vallibel One closed flat at 47.70 rupees.

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A 43.5 million rupees negotiated trading was seen in John Keells Holdings at 150 rupees per share and the stock closed 25 cents down at 149.00 rupees.

Two crossings amounted to 136.5 million rupee crossing was seen Hayleys Plc at 60 rupees per share and the stock closed 1.50 rupees up at 58.60 rupees.

A 48 million rupee crossing was seen in Dipped Products at 46 rupees and the stock gained 40 cents to close at 46.00 rupees and Haycarb Plc gained 60 cents to close at 95.80 rupees.

Kingsbury closed 20 cents down at 5.80 rupees while Singer Sri Lanka closed 20 cents down at 17.00 rupees.

Commercial Bank of Ceylon closed 50 cents down at 88.60 rupees and Hatton National Bank closed 1.75 rupees up at 131.75 rupees.

A crossing of 60- million was seen in HNB at 100 rupees per share.

DFCC Bank closed 60 cents down at 59.00 rupees, and Nations Trust Bank closed 10 cents down at 53.90 rupees.

A 59.8 million rupee crossing was seen in Sampath bank at 57 rupees a share and the stock closed at 1.20 rupees up at 56.10 rupees.

Seylan Bank closed 20 cents down at 50.00 rupees and Pan Asia Banking Corporation closed 10 cents down at 14.50 rupees.

Central Finance Company closed 90 cents down at 82.80 rupees while Housing Development Finance gained 3.50 rupees to close at 36.80 rupees.

A 135.04 million rupee crossing was seen Royal Ceramic Lanka at 260 rupees per share and the stock closed flat at 255.00 rupees, Lanka tiles gained 1.50 rupees to close at 185.75 rupees, Lanka Walltiles closed 1.50 rupees up at 188.50 rupees.

Cargills Ceylon closed flat at 233.00 rupees, Hemas Holdings closed 1.60 rupees up at 81.60 rupees and
Distilleries Company gained 10 cents to close at 19.90 rupees while Ceylon Grain Elevators fell 1.25 rupees to close at 115.00 rupees.

In the hotel sector Eden Hotel Lanka closed 20 cents down at 10.10 rupees, John Keels Hotels closed 20 cents down at 9.30 while Aitken Spence Hotel Holdings closed 70 cents up at 29.70 rupees.

Carson Cumberbatch closed flat at 275.00 rupees and Access Engineering closed flat at 22.10 rupees.

Nestle Lanka closed 5.25 rupees down at 1,155.50 rupees and Aitken Spence Plc closed 1.00 up at 55.00 rupees.

Sri Lanka Telecom closed 10 cents up at 32.50 rupees, Dialog Axiata closed 10 cents down at 12.80 rupees and Richard Pieris and Company closed 20 cents up at 16.50 rupees.

Ceylon Tobacco Company closed 50 cents up at 999.00 rupees while Piramal Glass Ceylon closed 20 cents up at 9.90 rupees.

Another 86.8 million rupee crossing at Diesel and Moto Engineering at 600 rupee per share and stock closed 40.25 rupees up at 530.25 rupees.

The Food, Beverage and Tobacco Industry was the most active, fell 0.5 percent today. (Colombo/March 25/2021)

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