ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka stocks closed 1.39 percent higher on Tuesday’s pushed by index heavy counters Hatton National Bank, Browns Investment and HNB Finance, Colombo Stock Exchange provisional data showed.
Colombo’s All Share Price Index gained 1.39 percent or 90.24 points to close at 6,564.00.
The S&P SL20 index of more liquid stocks gained 2.41 percent or 62.12 points to 2,644.87.
The market turnover was 4.2 billion rupees with 134 stocks gaining and 72 falling.
Hatton National Bank contributed most to ASPI’s gain, gaining 7.10 rupees a share to trade at 132.80 rupees a share.
Brown Investments gained 20 cents to trade at 3.00 rupees a share and HNB Finance gained 1.90 rupees to trade at 11.50 rupees also contributing to the ASPI gain.
Commercial Bank gained 1.10 rupees to trade at 84.50 rupees a share, DFCC bank gained 1.20 rupees a share to trade at 67.60 rupees a share and Sampath Bank gained 3.30 rupees to trade at 139.10 rupees a share.
Melstacorp gained 70 cents to trade at 40.80 rupees a share while Sri Lanka Telecom fell 10 cents to trade at 33.60 rupees a share and C T Holdings also fell 1.00 rupees to trade at 165.00 rupees a share.
Nestle Lanka gained 13.60 rupees to trade at 1,169.40 rupees a share, Expolanka Holdings gained 20 cents to trade at 25.40 rupees a share and Ceylon Cold Stores gained 2.40 rupees to trade at 660.10 rupees a share.
Ceylon Tobacco Company gained 10.30 rupees to trade at 989.80 rupees a share Softlogic Holdings gained 50 cents to trade at 11.90 rupees a share while Bukit Darah plc fell 2.90 rupees to trade at 349.90 rupees a share.
John Keells Holdings gained 80 cents to trade at 152.00 rupees a share, Cargills Ceylon gained 1.60 rupees to trade at 200.00 rupees a share and Hemas Holdings gained 3.00 rupees to trade at 90.00 rupees a share while Distilleries Company fell 20 cents to trade at 21.10 rupees a share.
Hayleys PLC fell 1.50 rupees to trade at 376.20 rupees a share while Dialog Axiata gained 30 cents to trade at 12.60 rupees a share.
Aitken Spence Plc gained 2.50 rupees to trade at 60.00 rupees a share and Richard Pieris and Company gained 10 cents to trade at 15.00 rupees a share.
The Capital Goods group index, which was the most active, gained 1.9 percent.
Banking industry which was also active in today’s trading gained 2.74 percent