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Sri Lanka’s stocks close 0.32-pct higher

ECONOMYNEXT- Sri Lanka’s stocks closed 0.32 percent higher on Tuesday, on Index heavy HNB Finance limited, Hayleys PLC and Bukit Darah PLC pushing up the market, provisional data showed.

The All Share Price Index (ASPI) at the Colombo stock exchange closed 18.23 points up at 5,780.94.

The main index started positive but fell to a low at 5,764.40 during the mid-day trading but continued to increase on volatile trading throughout the day to close marginally high.

The more liquid S&P SL20 Index closed 0.77 percent or 19.37 points down at 2,492.35.

The market turnover was 2.5billion rupees, while 104 stocks gained and 93 fell.

Index-heavy HNB finance limited contributed most to the ASPI gain, closing 6.50 rupees up at 15.30 rupees a share.

Hayleys PLC closed 25.10 rupees up at 259.90 rupees a share and Bukit Darah PLC closed 10.20 rupees up at 218.40 rupees a share.

A73.4million rupee crossing (negotiated trade) was seen in John Keells Holdings at 136.00 rupees a share and the stock closed at 136.40 rupees a share.

A 32 million rupees crossing was seen in Hatton National Bank at 128.00 rupees a share and the stock closed at 128.50 rupees a share.

Another 20.2 million rupees crossing was seen in Sampath bank at 135.00 rupees a share and stock closed flat at 135.10 rupees a share.

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Net foreign buying in the market was 109 million rupees.

The Capital Goods industry index, which was the most active, grew 0.65 percent.

The Bank industry index, which was also active, fell 1.12 percent.

(Colombo/September 22/2020)