WRITTEN BY THARANGA SENARATNE
Dec 03, 2012 (LBT) - The All Share Price Index lost 13.54 points to close at 5,337.71 (-0.3%) while the Milanka Price Index lost 27.74 points to close at 4,841.09 (-0.6%).
Total turnover for the day stood at LKR173.3 mn (USD1,339.4 k) vs. 12-months average daily turnover of LKR1,017.3 mn (USD7,861.6 k), whilst the volume traded for the day was 10,524 k against the 12-months average daily volume of 40,101 k.
Top contributory counters towards the turnover for the day were, John Keells Holdings LKR24.7 mn (USD191.2 k, -0.7%), Panasian Bank LKR20.8 mn (USD161.0 k, 0%), DFCC Bank LKR12.0 mn (USD92.5 k, 0.8%), Metropolitan Resource Holdings LKR9.3 mn (USD71.9 k, 19.4%) and Distilleries Company of Sri Lanka LKR8.5 mn (USD65.6 k, 0%).
Another slow day of trading was witnessed in the Colombo bourse as indicated by the low turnover and volumes recorded over the course of the day. The ASI was on a downward trend since the beginning of trading and reached an intraday low of 5,325.84 by midday before subsequently recovering on the back of few large transactions on select counters. Panasian Bank, DFCC Bank and Metropolitan Resource Holdings were such counters which witnessed institutional interest, whilst John Keells Holdings also garnered retail investor participation to become the top contributor towards the day’s turnover.
Further Metropolitan Resource Holdings benefitted from a significant price appreciation of 19.43% to end the day at LKR19.94. Retail investor interest was also witnessed in People’s Leasing & Finance, Union Bank and Free Lanka capital holdings. No crossings were recorded during the course of the day.
Foreign purchases amounted to LKR40.4 mn (USD312.4 k), whilst foreign sales amounted to LKR32.5 mn (USD250.9 k). This resulted in a net foreign inflow of LKR8.0 mn being recorded at the end of the day’s trading.
Market capitalization stood at LKR 2,049.7 bn. YTD performance is -12.1%.