Sri Lankan shares end up 0.1-pct, foreigners buy NTB

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lankan shares closed marginally higher Thursday with the benchmark index pushed up by gains in the John Keells Holdings (JKH) group and foreign buying seen in Nations Trust Bank (NTB), brokers said.

The All Share Price Index closed at 6,136.35, up 7.03 points (0.11%) while the more liquid SP SL20 index closed at 3,309.50, up 4.28 points (0.13%). Turnover was a low Rs349 million.

Bartleet Religare Stockbrokers said the ASPI rose mainly on gains in JKH, which has a heavy weighting on the index. JKH closed at Rs138.50, up Rs2.40 (1.76%).

The only block deal was in NTB which saw the highest foreign buying. The stock closed at Rs91.10, up 60 cents (0.7%).

(COLOMBO, 02 August, 2018)
 

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