ASI lost 37.99 points (-0.8%) to close at 4,851.88, MPI gained marginally by 0.43 points (0.01%) to close at 4,354.45 and the S&P SL 20 Index lost 14.16 points (-0.51%) to close at 2,739.29. Market turnover boosted to Rs.774mn supported by several crossings recorded from John Keells Holdings and Sampath Bank where those two stocks emerged as the top contributors to the market turnover with Rs.275mn and Rs.110mn respectively.
Further, Aitken Spence Hotel Holdings was the next top contributor to the turnover with Rs.20mn. Meanwhile, Swarnamahal Financial Services, PCH Holdings and HVA Foods were among the mostly traded stocks during the day. Foreign participation accounted for 33% of the total market activity. At the end of the trading foreign investors were net buyers with a net inflow of Rs.86mn.