Aitken Spence grabbed the spotlight spearheading the day’s turnover with its recent foreign interest and its 52 week low of LKR100.00 on Monday. The counter saw 4 blocks of 800k shares being picked on board at LKR110.00 while a further 400k shares were picked at LKR110.50 before it closed at LKR110.70 (0.91%)
Foreign favourite, John Keells Holdings retained interest as it was concreted in the top turnover slots with an intra-day high of LKR199.50 (+0.75%) before closing at LKR199.00 (+0.51%). The counter recorded 2 off-market transactions amounting to c.405k shares at LKR199.40.
Renewed interest was witnessed in Chevron Lubricants as it saw an appreciation of 6.3% for the day as touched its 52 week high of LKR185.00 and a 6.2% gain before it closed at LKR181.90. Two off-board deals were executed amounting to 469k shares at LKR180.00.
Expo Lanka Holdings was tapped up from its dormant pose as it witnessed several sizable transactions on-board with a block of 1 mn shares at LKR6.00 being the most significant for the day. The counter closed with a gain of 8.47% at LKR6.30. Renewed participation was also witnessed in Acme Printing and Packaging and ACL Cables as the former edged up to the top turnover slot closing flat for the day at LKR15.30 while the latter saw a gain of 2.8% at its high of LKR58.60 followed by an on-board block of 95k transacted at LKR58.00 before it closed at LKR 58.00(+1.75%)
Contributions from banking sector players was notable whilst the key gainers for the day were Nations Trust Bank (+5.18%), Sampth Bank (+3.67%), Hatton National Bank Non-Voting (+3.19) and Voting (+2.87%).
Sampath Bank edged up 3.9% at its intra-day high of LKR172.50 before it closed at LKR 171.40. Further, buying interest emerged in Commercial Bank as a block of 175k was picked on-board at LKR102.50.
Investors persisted their interest in Lanka Orix Leasing Company as two large blocks amounting to 393.4k were traded at LKR40.00, The counter closed with a gain of 2.76% at LKR40.80
Central Finance was highlighted with a crossing of 193k shares being transacted at LKR130.00 while it was seen closing at its intra-day high of LKR135.00 (+3.6%).
Penny play was strongly rooted around Browns Investments and Free Lanka Capital which surged 17.86% and 9.52% at its closing prices of LKR3.30 and LKR2.20 respectively. The former witnessed a block of c.216k shares being taken on-board atLKR3 while the latter saw 9 large blocks of shares transacted at price levels of LKR2.20 and LKR2.30.