* Turnover Rs. 1.8 bn., indices surge
The Colombo bourse closed the week yesterday on an ultra-strong note with turnover hitting Rs.1.76 billion, up from the previous day’s Rs.1.09 billion, and all three indices moving up sharply – the All Share by 107.93 points (2%), the Milanka by 98.04 points (1.96%) and S&P by 47.80 points (1.63%) with 220 gainers leaving 34 losers trailing far behind while 51 counters closed flat.
The market yesterday performed at its best since the current upturn with the Milanka Price Index breaching the 5,000 points resistance barrier below which it had long languished by posting 5,093.36 points and John Keells Holdings, among the most liquid and sought after blue chips, cleared the Rs.200 share price.
Foreigners were net buyers with an inflow of Rs. 155.13 mn. With purchases of Rs. 229.62 mn. and sales of Rs. 74.49 mn.
"The ASPI continued a nine day uptrend, surging sharply higher on the back of sustained buying interest to reach a 95-trading day high,’’ John Keells Stock Brokers said in a market report. ``Activity levels were dominated by trades on SAMP, JKH, and LOFC, which collectively accounted for over 30% of turnover, inclusive of crossing."
There were four block trades yesterday worth Rs.323 million with Lanka Orix Finance Company seeing 20 million shares crossed at Rs.5 in a deal worth Rs.100 million, Sampath Bank seeing a million shares crossed at Rs.195, Ceylon Tobacco seeing 50,000 shares crossed at Rs.720 and JKH seeing 260,000 shares crossed at Rs.200. Analysts noted that all these crossings were at previous closing prices.
On the trading floor, Sampath Bank headed the turnover league with nearly 0.8 million shares traded between Rs.190 and Rs.196 closing Rs.6 up at Rs.195.60 contributing Rs.147.2 million to business volumes. JKH followed with nearly 0.4 million shares done between Rs.198.80 and Rs.201 closing Rs.1.20 up at Rs.200 generating Rs.73.7 million turnover.
Blue chips and fundamentally strong counters in addition to Sampath and JKH that were among most traded stocks yesterday included Ceylinco Insurance, Tokyo (non-voting) and Aitken Spence Hotels.
Among the low priced counters, PC House and PC House Holdings, Vallibel One, Expolanka, e-Channelling as well as Piramal Glass were most traded.
PC House saw 8.1 million shares done, closing Rs.1.40 up at Rs.7.80, Tokyo X nearly 2.2 million shares done closing 50 cents up at Rs.19.50 and Vallibel One slightly over 2 million shares traded 90 cents up at Rs.7.50.
Expolanka closed 10 cents up at Rs.7.80 on 4 million shares, e-Channelling 40 cents up at Rs.5.90 on 5.2 million shares, PC House Holdings 50 cents up at Rs.11.90 on over 2.3 million shares and Piramal Glass 50 cents up at Rs.6.20 on over 4.3 million shares.
Brokers said that there were six parcels of Sampath of 50,000 shares each done yesterday.
Retailers were prominent in the market trading in PC House, Tokyo X where one parcel of 990,000 shares were traded, Vallibel One, Expo, e-Channelling, Glass and PC House Holdings where there was one trade of 1.9 million shares.