Sri Lanka stocks up 0.6-pct

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka stocks closed 0.2 percent higher on Monday helped by Asiri Hospital Holdings, Melstacorp Plc, and John Keells Holdings, stock exchange provisional data showed.

Colombo’s All Share Price Index gained 0.64 percent or 42.08 points to close at 6,6560.64.

The S&P SL20 index of more liquid stocks gained 0.26 percent or 6.84 points to 2,634.65.

Turnover was 2.2 billion rupees with 113 stocks gaining and 85 falling.

Asiri Hospital Holdings, contributed most to ASPI’s gain, gaining 2.30 rupee to close at 28.70 rupees.

Melstacorp Plc gained 2.10 rupees to close at 49.70 rupees and John Keells Holdings gained 1.40 rupees to close at 153.40 rupees also contributing to the ASPI gain.

Hatton National Bank fell 50 cents to close at 129.30 rupees a share, Commercial Bank fell 90 cents to close at 82.10 rupees and DFCC bank fell 40 cents to close at 65.80 rupees a share while Sampath bank gained 50 cents to close at 135.90 rupees a share.

Expolanka Holdings fell 50 cents to 25.50 rupees, Sri Lanka Telecom fell 10 cents to 34.00 rupees while LOLC Holdings gained 80 cents to close at 138.40 rupees a share.

C T Holdings closed flat at 169.80 rupees a share, Browns Investments Holdings gained 10 cents to close at 3.60 rupees a share while Ceylon Cold Stores fell 8.10 rupees to close at 660.20 rupees a share.

Ceylon Tobacco Company gained 9.50 rupees to close at 1,010.90 rupees while Softlogic Holdings fell 30 cents to close at 12.60 rupees a share.

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Hemas Holdings fell 50 cents to close at 94.80 rupees a share, Nestle Lanka fell 4.90 rupees to close at 1,200.00 rupees a share while Distilleries Company gained 20 cents to close at 21.30 rupees a share and Cargills Ceylon gained 2.80 rupees to close at 202.80 rupees a share.

Hayleys Plc gained 15.70 rupees to close at 388.70 rupees a share and Dialog Axiata closed flat at 12.40 rupees a share.

Aitken Spence Plc gained 60 cents to close at 62.00 rupees a share while Richard Pieris and Company gained 40 cents to close at 15.40 rupees a share.

A 20-million-rupee worth of negotiated trading (crossings) was seen in Asiri Hospital Holdings at 27.50 rupees per share.

The Capital Goods industry which was the most active, gaining 0.9 percent. (Colombo/December 14/2020)

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